Computers have always been an escape for me.

When computers have issues it is my fault, I made a mistake. There is no human element: I have complete control, in contrast to many painful events in my life. The computer is not being malicious or judgemental, the computer cannot traumatize me. It just takes an instruction and executes it.

I think, on an emotional level, that is why I cling so much to libre software. My computer is the one thing I have control over. Don't take that from me.

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@polarisfm I feel much the same. Sometimes I realize I've been obsessing over tiny details of configuration for hours and wonder how I manage to let go of control with other people... maybe it's toxic to care so much about my setup being perfect, but I shudder at the alternative

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