I was a Windows addict until six months back. I bought a new PC and decided that the time had come to try out Linux. Mandrake 8.2 was the OS, which my dad had bought at the IT.com fair, Bangalore. I also bought a book titled "Linux for Windows Addicts" by Michael Joseph Miller. I have not yet read it fully. But I understand linux much better thanks to this site and several others on the net. Also, at the time, I was connecting to the net through my parents' Win 98 Box using a proxy server solution. But my success was limited by my newbie inability to understand so many things.
I read about Mandrake 9.1 and promptly went and bought the CDs at GT Enterprises, Bangalore. I began to then take Linux seriously and configured my mail and other stuff to work in linux. I also discovered a lot about the power of the Command Line. But at the time, I was still using Evolution as my Mail Client because it looks like M$ Outlook. I was beginning to move away from Linux. Most of my computer time at home was spent on Linux (The only have M$ at work). I began to get a taste of true freedom.
My peace of mind went off when my parents' Win 98 box caught SOBIG F and NIMDA. The download speed nosedived. It was at around this time that I discovered Coyote Linux. I made a floppy and booted my parents' system with it one night. That was it! I was my ticket to permanent freedom! The downloads were super-quick and every thing worked like a dream, including KSiRC, something that I could never use with the M$ and proxy server solution. I then began my quest to find a junk system to use as a router so that I could be totally free of M$. I set up a doorstop system last week and was amazed that Linux could do so much from just one floppy disk. My happiness knows no bounds and I feel peace of mind at last.
I feel disgusted now at work. I feel disgusted whenever I see M$ give me a BSOD. I feel disgusted whenever it hangs and cannot control processes running on it. Overall, I feel disgusted that I have to work on M$ at all. Why, I ask, cant people at my workplace see the light???
Linux is like an answer to a spiritual quest for freedom, as far as I am concerned. Maybe my feelings are a little extreme. But they are just that...!!!
Thanks a lot LQ