It's time for a poll. How long have you used Linux?

How long have you used Linux?

  • 0 to 6 months.

  • 6 months (and a day) to 1 year.

  • 1 year (and a day) to 18 months.

  • 18 months (and a day) to 2 years.

  • 2 years (and a day) to 3 years.

  • 3 years (and a day) to 5 years.

  • 5 years (and a day) to 10 years.

  • 10 years (and a day) to 15 years.

  • 15+ years.


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Condobloke

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Yes, I followed those instructions some time ago !

On Reflect....made the usb bootable...booted......source...easy....destination...not so easy.

My 2 tb backup external is not 'seen"

any tips on how to describe that drive so it can be seen/found ?....sde2?...../media/brian/backups?.....

I made a new folder in there to take the backup...named it Macrium Back LM20.1.......
 

Condobloke

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uuid nunber?
 

KGIII

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Hmm... Maybe I should have done one for 20 years (and a day) + and not stopped at 15+ years.

I'm pleasantly surprised at the distribution. I expected a bell curve and it's nothing of the sort. Then again, as mentioned elsewhere, it's a self-selected poll and the data won't ever be all that accurate. We are up to 31 votes at this point.
 

KGIII

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In fact, it's kinda opposite a bell curve. Hmm...
Indeed, and especially if we group at 5 year intervals. It has changed a bit over time, so we'll see what it looks like as more folks answer. I've made it a point to mention the number of votes now and then. That way I can go back through and take a look at that data as well. It's not scientific, but it is interesting.
 

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sam444

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Yes, I followed those instructions some time ago !

On Reflect....made the usb bootable...booted......source...easy....destination...not so easy.

My 2 tb backup external is not 'seen"

any tips on how to describe that drive so it can be seen/found ?....sde2?...../media/brian/backups?.....

I made a new folder in there to take the backup...named it Macrium Back LM20.1.......
Is your External HDD NTFS ? if not Macrium can't see EXT4...did you follow this...


3. Go down to...Destination...click box with three dots...Double click your External HDD and Select your Backup Folder...then click...OK...and click...Next.

Macrium is Windoze software so your External HDD will show up as a Drive letter which is a real pain, so I Re-Name the External HDD ie "Bob" now it's easy to see. ;)

The picture shown in post 40 is of the Image inside my folder on an External HDD (NTFS) that Macrium created, so it does work and is very easy to Restore...hope this helps. :)
 
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Mike13Foxtrot

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My answer isn't really "right". I used Unix for years. When Linux came out, I played with it a number of times. I was playing with Linux when RedHat was still something you could buy a CD for at Best Buy.
I chose 5-10 yrs. Like you In 1994 I Bought a Pentium II brand new PC. Switched from a 486. In '95 I bought a copy of Linux for Dummies and installed Red Hat on the 486. Played with it and boom.

From then on it was Linux mag and The next Distro on CD then DVD. Dot com crash happened in 95 started buying hardware cheap. Then magic happened, no more mags, Cable Modem. Download the next distro. Used Suse for a while. It is actually still installed on an old Via Epia micro board PC. 2 gig drive.
 

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Hmm... Maybe I should have done one for 20 years (and a day) + and not stopped at 15+ years.

I'm pleasantly surprised at the distribution. I expected a bell curve and it's nothing of the sort. Then again, as mentioned elsewhere, it's a self-selected poll and the data won't ever be all that accurate. We are up to 31 votes at this point.
You'd perhaps get wildly different answers depending on the wording, or maybe I am rare. I've "faffed" with various Linux distros for about the last 10 years, and wanted to use them for a while, but I never "used" any until last week.

Although I'd expect a continued increasing uptake, the results maybe say a lot about online forums. The majority are normally a mix of excited newcomers and expert diehards.
 

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I suspect the long-term users will reach a plane, if they haven't already, as they're here regularly and most of 'em have likely already answered. We shall see. I expected a bell curve, so who knows what it'll look like in a month or two.
 

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It has been a while, so I am going to unstick this and leave it as a link in my signature.

Using the 5 year mark, it currently looks like:

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5 - 10|||||||
10 to 15||||||
15 +|||||||||

That's with the current 37 votes.
 
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That was kind of a difficult vote since I've been _using_ Linux for about 10 years, but _playing_ with it for longer. Back then it was hackery, not production (I got the golden 5 second boot time with TinyCore). As far as production, I've been using Linux distros a good 10 years and in about 2015 or 2016, my very last existing Window machine joined the Linux Master Race. I've forgotten a lot about using Windows since then and I have a bootable installation on one partition of my "work" flashdrive in case I have to use someone else's Windows PC.
Anecdotal:
Usually when someone older wants their PC fixed, I tell them, "It needs a full reinstallation," I backup their stuff, I install Linux Mint, and they're amazed by it when I give them the tour. When I tell them it's a Linux-based OS or it's not Windows, they are left speechless. Everyone I've installed Mint for, well over ten people now, has stuck with it even given the option to return to Windows. I think Mint's a great way to show people just how user-friendly Linux-based systems can be out-the-box (not to mention privacy and security, and the not having to subscribe to a thousand MS products to get a basic functional work PC -- what I end the tour with).
Even my mother of 65 is more at home on Debian+XFCE than she ever was Windows (since I setup her notebook when I bought it for her, I installed Debian to ensure less calls for help -- and there have been hardly any since I got it for her about 5 years back). She finds her best friend's Windows notebook, "terrible" and "a mess" -- that from a 65 year old!
 

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based on the results, it seems like people lose interest after 2 years...
No it doesn't it only shows an average of how long ago they started using Linux. Since those who have been using Linux for a longer time weren't even on this forum when they hit the 2 year mark.
 
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