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[News] Personal Stories of Adoption of Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Personal Stories of Adoption of Desktop GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:17:53 +0000
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A Linux Story 

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| I was about five years old when my father 
| showed me my first computer. It was an old 
| 8086, and it had 5.25 floppy drive, a shiny 
| new 3.5 floppy drive, and a 10MB hard 
| drive. When he gave it to me, it ran 
| nothing but MSDOS. As a starter machine, I 
| didn't really care. I was just stoked to 
| have a computer, and when my father showed 
| me how to get to video games, and how to 
| type a text document, I was thrilled. In 
| 1993, my father got himself a Pentium 
| machine, and I received his 486. The 486 
| also had DOS on it, but when I tried to 
| play my old games everything went by too 
| quickly. I asked my dad what was wrong, and 
| he said that the games I had been playing 
| relied on the CPUs clockspeed. At this 
| point, he gave me a thin orange book, 
| Understanding Microprocessors, which was 
| published by Motorola. He also showed me a 
| book on his shelf that taught me a bit 
| about electricity. A month after this 
| encounter, I went back and asked him if 
| there were any operating systems that would 
| run in protected mode. He told me, yes.
| [...]
| In 2005, I graduated High School, got 
| myself a 64bit machine, installed Slackware 
| on it, and joined the Marine Corps. I was 
| injured and discharged '07. I came home 
| went to college, graduated, and built a new 
| machine. Guess what. I still use Slackware. 
| Everyone tells me that I'm stuck in the 
| past, but at least I installed the 64bit 
| version ;)


Refusing to Treat Self-Inflicted Wounds

,----[ Quote ]
| I started at the beginning.  I told her why 
| Linux was put on the computer and how these 
| problems were non-existent on that system.  
| I spoke to her for 3 minutes without her 
| saying anything.  I kind of figured it out.
| "Is he standing right there."
| she answered simply.
| "Yes".
| They were frightened of him.
| This Thursday, I am going back there to fix 
| this problem.  I am going to set up the old 
| Optiplex in the bedroom for him to use and 
| I've told her that the computer we gave her 
| is HER property.  He is not to touch it.  
| Linux will be installed on that computer.



- From OS X to Ubuntu: 2 Years Later

,----[ Quote ]
| I have to say that over the last couple of years,
| Iâve really come to love Ubuntu. Until recently,
| I rarely felt the need to go back to Windows or
| OS X (Iâll tell you more about that in another
| blog post). Iâve been generally pleased with each
| new release of Ubuntu and enjoy seeing the
| incremental improvements. Ubuntu has come an
| unbelievable way since I first tried it almost 5
| years ago.

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