I was planning to write a snappy little essay about what I love about free software like Linux, but a librarian in Washington, VT beat me to it with this delightful YouTube video:

Ubuntu @ the Library from jessamyn west on Vimeo

So, first of all, free software has put the fun back into personal computers. Second, it restored the possibility that personal computers can be personally empowering.

(And Jessamyn, you're an inspiration to girl-geeks everywhere.)