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Old 02-05-2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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Talking Dear MS and Apple, It's over, and I bet you didn't even notice when I left.

Hi, fellow penguin-lovers. My name's Rob (just in case you didn't infer that from my username). I'm a writer and webcomicer, and although I've been a Linux user for a couple of years now, I'm new to these here parts.

It took me a long time to take the plunge, but I'm happy that I did--especially any time I have to deal with another OS. To give some perspective here, the first computer I ever used spoke only TRS-DOS, and I'd used pretty much every version of Windows since 3.1.1 and every version of Mac OS since 6.7 on a regular basis, whether at work, at home, or both. And, I might add, I was a die-hard Apple fanboy.

I got my first exposure to Unix-like OSs back around the late 90s/early 00s with a one-credit-hour community college Unix class, and machines on my desk at work running Red Hat and Solaris (alongside my Mac and Windows machines). I seriously considered switching back then, until OS X came out and I plunged back into Camp Macintosh... And then I could no longer afford Macs, and went to Windows while dabbling in OSX86.

But about three years or so ago I bought a magazine that included a live DVD with several modern desktop Linux distros. I played. I tinkered. I tampered. Eventually I picked a distro and started dual-booting. (For a while I triple-booted a laptop between WinXP, OSX86, and Ubuntu).

Finally, I just went to Linux full-time, while occasionally firing up Windows or Leopard in a virtual machine. (And yes, it was worth the hassle of virtualizing OS X to use Scrivener, but now there are Windows and Linux betas out for Scrivener, so my OS X VMs sit untouched.) At this point, my Windows VM gets fired up maybe once a month, and is mainly there for testing purposes.

I converted my wife, and--lo and behold--when I started preaching the glories of Linux to my sons I was surprised to find out that apparently, Linux is becoming fashionable with certain segments of the teen crowd. Whodathunkit?

And that was long. If you're still reading, give yourself a cookie.
Old 02-07-2011, 07:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ. I took an oatmeal raisin cookie, thanks.
Old 02-07-2011, 08:00 AM   #3
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I definitely deserve a cookie! 8-)
Old 02-07-2011, 01:21 PM   #4
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I should take a cookie, also, but...

Welcome to LQ, Rob



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