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Discussion in 'General Linux' started by atanere, Aug 7, 2017.
Tell us your stories about how you discovered this excellent operating system.
I discovered Linux surfing online shortly after its inception. I have been dabbling with it since the mid- to late-1990's, but it was very tough for me in the beginning due to very low end hardware, especially video. And I could never get it online until I finally got the PPP dialer configured correctly on a US Robotics modem with Mandrake. The "good old days" were definitely a struggle, but I'm glad to have stuck with it.
A good friend of mine from HS (circa 2003) mentioned something about this "linux" operating system alternative to Windows XP. And there was a penguin and a chameleon (Suse). We tried it out on an old computer and were like "ok... now what?" Fast-forward to my college days (2004) and another good friend was running this "Debian" operating system and was doing all kinds of crazy cool things! Even this SSH-server stuff and an IRC server! Tried Knoppix out a bit. Wasn't until the dawn of Windows 8 that I said "hey, I should really switch over." Funny enough, the final hold-up for me (besides PC games, but I rarely get time for those) was a video encoder that could properly do a 3:2 pulldown (IVTC). It came down to mencoder or FFmpeg, and I sided with FFmpeg and the "pulldown,decimate" filter combo when I need it. I wouldn't consider myself an expert, more of an FFmpeg Journeyman. Have since learned about video editing, virtual machines, btrfs, SSH, and data recovery.