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One of the drawbacks to aging is getting comfortable with what you know ( no matter how painful it is )and not wanting to start from scratch at anything.
When I was a small boy my grandfather told me that old people have gray hair because their brains are full so they can not remember new things. He told me this because he wanted me to remember every single word he said although he at times did not hear my childish rambling and babbling.
I have to admit I was never ever comfortable with any Microsoft application because I always felt I was being Extorted. Yes, Gates and company are Extortionists!!!
Wen u join Linux world u basically become a kind of buddhist.So u should not become angry & hate windows since it is in the nature of a monster (Microsoft) to destroy things & lives.U should bless it & wish may be in its next life it will be better prepared to let other beings live.
Anyway since u hav renounced all u r burdens(windows etc etc) .
Welcome to the world of Peace & Heavenly Code making.
This(Linux) is where God's Abode Is.
U will love It
I'm an ol' timer too cousinlucky. However I feel like
a kid with new toy. Like other posters said. You made
it through here, and you are in the right spot.
I've been into linux for eleven month now, and I really
regreat not learing it since the begining.
I've done things that I never dreamed I could do. I've been
into computers since the 386 12mhz processors, and I have
learned more about architecture and OS structures in
the last 11 month than what I did in so many years. Be
confident, linux is going to make you young again.
Distribution: Mandriva mostly, vector 5.1, tried many.Suse gone from HD because bad Novell/Zinblows agreement
Cousinlucky, it is a big familly
The hurd kernel (is that what it is called?), would be one species
and the Linus Torwald GNU/linux various versions of the Kernel developped by Linus and contributors, another species,
I suppose anyway.
I do not know where solaris fits in there, though
So many linuxes, but all of them working in a similar fashions,
and sharing similar tools.
(my not so knowledgeable view of the topic anyway. Add a pinch of salt)
How old is too old? I'm 50, never saw a PC nor typed before 10 months ago. I even took some college courses. LOL, I feel I have the advantage on my classmates as I'm not distracted by adolescent mating rituals!
Being exposed to Microsoft is much more like being with a very bad woman whose only aim is to abuse you as much as is possible. Being with a bad woman should teach you to stay away from them. Microsoft and the criminal dial up ISP's have taught me that there are an awful lot of criminals upon the Internet among the good and decent people upon the Earth.
I suppose my bad Internet experiences were something I had to overcome. Perhaps it was just a test of my commitment to be out here with everyone else.
My sons forced a computer upon me as a christmas present years ago. It was a Packard Bell Legend 117. It had windows 95 on it. It was many years later that I had it upgraded with windows 97 so that I could venture onto the Internet. Not knowing about cookies and caches and the flood of other things poured into a computer. That computers memory started to burn out.
I bought the computer I am using now on sale at Best Buy. It has 512mb memory and a 160 gb hard drive. The down side is that HP and Microsoft designed this computer for a youngster to dowload music etc. and to spend his/her parents money playing with a new toy behind closed doors.
Almost every program was designed to report back to Microsoft and HP just what the user of this computer did with it all of the time. It hurts to remember.
Well, I am with Linux to stay now; even if I do not know how to properly use it.
What you probably wanted to ask is "How many Linux distributions are there?". The answer is that there are many distributions and each of them has its own unique features and characteristics. I do not know the exact number though.