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My Linux journey

Posted 12-01-2010 at 02:31 PM by druonysus

My story starts in 2003 when I was taking an A+ certification training course my high school offered. One day a friend of mine/classmate brought in several CDs and said they had an operating system called Linux on them. I had never heard of Linux before this and so he did his best to explained though he didn't know much more than I did about it. The CDs collectively made up the installation disks for Mandrake. We took the entire class-day to install Mandrake and mess around with it a bit. At that time it didn't look like anything special... Little did I know that this day would change the way I thought, and felt about computers, software, operating systems, intellectual property law, corporate ethics, community, and social responsibly.

After that day in class I didn't think too much about Linux but we had burned me a copy of the CDs (I think there was something like 8 of them) I placed the CDs in my CD case and there they sat. Months passed and one day I was going through my CD case and glanced at the Mandrake CDs... I thought about installing it on my system but I really didn't want to mess with going through the install with all 8 CDs. Around this time I came across an article in a computer magazine I had bought that was about Linux. The article interested me so I googled Linux and Mandrake and looked around at other distros... I finally found one that looked a lot like Windows XP (the OS I was using at the time) and decided that I wanted to give it a try.... The distribution I chose was LindowsOS 4.0 (or 4.5... I can't remember). The only issue with this was that LindowsOS was a commercial distribution and cost something like $40 or $50 dollars. I had the money but, being under 18, I didn't have a debit card or credit card. I asked my brother to use his card and I payed him the cash. It took me some time to download the CD image over my free Juno dial-up connection but, I was persistent (even though my connection was not). Within a week or two the image was downloaded and I was excited to try it out the new OS.

Once I burned myself the LindowsOS CD, I installed my first Windows/Linux duel-boot on my HP desktop. By the time Linspire Five-0 was out, I had it installed on my laptop and was using it every day for school. In 2005 I no longer had any Windows partitions on either of my computers. Then, in 2007 I was using Freespire as my main OS but I started "distro-hopped" quite a bit, installing Fedora, Ubuntu, PC-BSD(where I learned about other UNIX and Unix-like systems) and others. I started seriously reading about UNIX and Linux, learning commands, and became even more interested in and enthusiastic about Linux.

Finally, in 2009 my roommate at the time suggested I try openSUSE. He had been using it at work and was singing it's praises. I installed openSUSE and have been a loyal fan ever since! Even though I originally started my Linux journey with a very non-Linux-like Linux distribution I have progressed, learned, and have grown to now consider myself to be a very devoted and loyal Linux fan, enthusiast, and student.
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    I read your story. I think its great. Thanks for posting. My philosophy about computer software, operating systems, corporate ethics and the like have been changed in part by Linux as well. After using Linux for a while it just boggles my mind how many people limit themselves to Microsoft or Apple products. And among those people who do use M. or A. products I would wager that a large part of them would agree with the philosophical orientation of the Linux community. It's only a matter of time....
    Posted 12-01-2010 at 05:51 PM by T.A.Ross T.A.Ross is offline
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    Great story!! Very interesting indeed. This just proves to everyone why we have those "introductory" Linux Distributions. They dip your feet in the Linux pool, then its up to you to dive in or just stay there. Looks like you dove right in! Thank you for sharing.
    Posted 12-12-2010 at 10:29 AM by soppy soppy is offline


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