What brought you to Linux?

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by berks, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. berks

    berks New Member

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    I am a new user to Linux, so far I have been going through various distributions "testing" them each. My first encounter with Linux was in high school where I attempted to use the CLI. That left me with a bad image, recently I decided to give it another go after researching how to develop a Web Server. So far it has been a wonderful experience, I am even beginning to understand the CLI. :cool:

    How about you, why did you start using Linux?

  2. scotty

    scotty New Member

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    My computer broke. I needed some way to get my data. I discovered the Ubuntu Live CD. Since then I haven't looked back!
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    jschuhr New Member

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    I wanted to do some Node.JS development and I find the coding environment on Windows is lacking.
  4. Sinister_Diagram

    Sinister_Diagram New Member

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    I would have to say my main reason for coming to Linux would be between aggravation caused by Windows (haha) and the freedom that Linux can offer. When I first came across anything to do with Linux, I was having some major problems with an old desktop computer. It was pretty darn old at the time, but despite it's age, I knew it could be better. I began looking up alternatives to Windows along with how I could have a "faster computer". After being overwhelmed with sites that offer 'free' software to speed up my computer, I came across an article about Linux. I cannot remember the Linux distribution that was being discussed, but I was very interested. It was a little while after that, that I used by first "live cd" and I was so impressed. Well, let's just say that now, it has lead me to be Pro Linux for life, I am sure. I see Linux as offering just as much as a Windows system and more, in many aspects.
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    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    I was tired of dealing with the same old things with Windows. I needed a new challenge and Linux presented that challenge. I literally formatted everything in the house one weekend and forced myself to figure out how to get back online with Linux.
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    jschuhr New Member

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    Sounds like it was a "final straw" scenario.
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    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    You would be correct.
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    scotty New Member

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    I am getting there myself. I am sure this will happen to me one day, I am like 50:50 with Linux / Windows right now, mostly always dual boot, but my windows just keeps on crapping out its driving me insane!
  9. berks

    berks New Member

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    The only real reason holding me back from this is the fact that my computers are all really old, HDDs are full and i have no way of backing them up. I plan to buy a larger HDD during the summer to backup my data and make the switch.

    The hard decision now is to choose which distribution I am to use, currently I am thinking CentOS or Xubuntu but I plan to also try mint and fedora in the near future.
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    Sinister_Diagram New Member

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    I can easily say this is the hardest part of making the final decision to become a Linux user, especially full time. There are so many distributions out there and many of them offer more benefits than anything. I definitely say to continue testing and check out Distro Watch - it is a valuable site to find a plethora of distributions. Plus, it allows you to see just how up-to-date distributions. When I become interested in a distro that was not familiar to me, I try to check it out on Distro Watch to see if it is still updating in any way, which is very important. The decision can be hard to make and you might even become a distro hopper - I can admit that I have been guilty of it at times, haha. Good luck!;)
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    I got a new computer and was having issues with my old one (a relatively new computer as well). It was running Windows Vista and randomly freezing and crap. I decided, hell, let's try Linux. And I've switched around with different versions of it and stuff, but it has been Linux ever since.
  12. Rob

    Rob Administrator Staff Member

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    In 96ish I got a tech support job for a local isp (remember dialup?!) :)

    I was drawn into the shell accounts we sold and the admin would let me borrow his Linux books.

    I then loaded up red hat 3.0.3 (like a dozen floppies) on a newish packard bell pc w/ a 540mb hard drive.. it was awesome.

    With it ever since!
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    Old school! I used to enjoy the little song dial up would play as I would come online. I was online so much, the phone would ring, and I would always scream to my mum DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE! I am glad that has changed!
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    berks New Member

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    Thanks a lot for that website, never heard of it before. I have been looking at it and so far I am impressed, there are so many distros that I have never heard of and they all sound interesting.
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    I am glad that website could be of help to you! It is a great resource to have available at all times while exploring Linux. You are able to keep up-to-date with the newest releases in the Linux world on the main page, even down to beta releases, which is something that I check frequently. Once you begin to see just how many distributions are available, it can seem quite overwhelming to most people and scares them away from Linux in general. I think it is great to take your time, unless you are in a rush to get a computer up and running again, and simply explore. Try as many live cds of distros that you found the most interesting and go from there. I can happily say I keep a stack of burnable dvd/cds simply to test out a distro I have never used or to try out the newest version of a distro that I am a fan of!
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    There are three things that brought me into linux intentionally and i wasn't planning to try out Linux without them.

    1) My Friend who introduced me to Linux and gave me Ubuntu's free CD kit which made me want to give it a try.
    2) My Mobile tablet which i purchased in 2010, came built in with Maemo(Now MeeGo) - Nokia N900, supported lots of tweaks, Very highly modifiable, Supported dual,triple,quad boot with Nitdroid- custom rom(Android Gingerbread). I've tried the following OS's on the device - Maemo, Debian(LXDE), Android Froyo,Gingerbreak, [Windows 3.11,Windows 95, Windows 98 NT 4.0, with DosBox], Mer/OpenMoko, MeeGo- developers edition, Kubuntu, SHR. The phone also runs Mac OS 10.3 which i've not tried.

    3) My Virtual Private server with CentOS and i've learnt a lot from it.
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    I migrated to Linux when my Windows died. Now I use Linux for everything. Except games. To play WoW, I use Windows 7. Test-driving Windows 8 atm.
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    ive just got myself a satellite dreambox, and would like to know more about linux, as i would like to write some software for these units, im hoping linux is simaller to "dos " if anyone can put me in the right direction please let me know. many thanks
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    linbgs New Member

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    i still use windows mostly honestly

    HOWEVER

    I use linux a lot because what i can do in linux just isnt possible in windows without some serious hacking at it... lol not to mention, the productivity inside a linux CLI verses the productivity of doing something through a GUI in windows is off the charts

    being that i have a major interest in security as well i do have a lot of cracking tools in windows that i can use very well but some of them just dont compare to the linux versions, even from the same devs... the level of hardware access and sophistication of drivers is just too different between the two operating systems

    linux IS a better os, the way it handles everything is just better... the only issue is lack of support
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    I think I am more or less a convert, if I didn't have to use the Windows OS for certain things I use for work then certainly all my units would be fored up with Linux. Linux just presents a few challenges and is much safer. I await the Linux web with anticipation, somewhere the snoops, hacks and corporations can't squeeze us dry.
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