Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Sat 11th Apr 2009 20:55 UTC
Linux Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at Computer World asks himself when he first started using Linux after attending the Linux Foundation Summit where several others were asked the same question. The Linux Foundation has posted a video of some of the answers; boy, do I feel young.
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7 years ago too
by Elv13 on Sat 11th Apr 2009 22:04 UTC
Elv13
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2006-06-12

I heard about that piece of code that was trying to steal some of the "excellent Microsoft Windows 98" (compared to DOS and 3.1) market share a couple of time before that. But it was in 2002 when I first used alternative OS (solaris was the first). I did hate solaris (8), I was forced to use it, but I it did suck (on desktop). The only cool thing in it was that KDE (2.2) thing had a filemanager that was able to do everything.

2 years later, I got a trojan that killed my windows be deleting every .exe file. That was too much, before closing windows, I downloaded a Mepis Live-cd and reinstalled nero (the first one was deleted by the trojan) and burned my first distribution. I never used Windows again on my laptop and desktop. The first day, the first thing I did in linux was trying to upgrade to the new xorg (from xfree86). I broke my X and spend 2 week learning the command line because I had no X server and I WANTED xorg. I did not knew about APT, so I compiled every ****** deps by hand. After those 2 week, I did learn: command line, how linux work, every damn config file, how to compile an application, how to debug gcc error and how to code in C and C++ (ok, not code, but fix errors). I was 15 and had time to lose, so it was not too frustrating. When I got Xorg working, I figured out that FGLRX did not support real transparency (why I wanted xorg so much, as an eye candy fan)... The support came only 2 yeras later with the open source radeon driver, but I did not care anymore, from that day on, I was a real geek ;) .

Now, I work for a Linux firm, use Linux and participate to some OSS projects.

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