Both And

A computer exclusively dedicated to self-publishing?

Hear you. Got it.  You’re a Windows Wizard with hard-won expertise.  

Love your Windows notebook. And you— “Do it all on my Mac. Why in blazes do I need another computer?”

Hat’s off. Horses for courses.

Oh, did I mention— Linux on the desktop is now 9% more popular than macOS.

And, little-known fact, both Linux and macOS are both derived from Unix, developed back in the day by Bell Labs.

To my thinking, it all comes down to goals and intent. If you’re self-publishing as a hobby, pastime, who cares if your book manuscript and publishing assets are all a jumble with personal affairs, social media, and computer games?

But I take self-publishing seriously. Hope to sell books. Generate income. To me, self-publishing is a business. Capital expense and cashflow matter.

Distraction and clutter has no place in my workflow. Has to go. Learned that the hard way.

My Solution

Moved my self-publishing files into a dedicated computer—a comfortable work space well-organized for creative thought and composition—a publishing empire in a box. A comfortable keyboard, dual monitors, a small, power-sipping, but powerful workstation—that’s for me.

Operating System

Linux.

Similar to Windows 10, or Mac OS, Linux is an operating system that manages the hardware resources on your computer.

Did you know that:

  • In 2021, 100% of the world’s top 500 supercomputers run on Linux.
  • Out of the top 25 websites in the world, only 2 aren’t using Linux.
  • 96.3% of the world’s top 1 million servers run on Linux.
  • 90% of all cloud infrastructure operates on Linux and practically all the best cloud hosts use it.

[^linux1]: 111+ Linux Statistics and Facts – Linux Rocks!, https://webtribunal.net/blog/linux-statistics/#gref

Those in the know— Know.

## Software

Free.

Free software?

"Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.”

So, hey— keep your Windows or Mac machine for personal stuff and pleasure. But if you’re serious about self-publishing, build your own Publishing Empire in a Boxtm.