[sf-lug] [LINUX USER QUESTIONAIRE] How did you become a Linux user?

Bill Kendrick nbs at sonic.net
Tue Jul 28 14:23:41 PDT 2009

On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 02:17:37PM -0700, Edward Janne wrote:
> Question 2: How did you become a Linux user?

(1) Disgust at the poor design of Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, and hatred for
    the latter due to incredible frustration using it on a friend's laptop,
    and losing work.

(2) Inability afford Mac.

(3) Inability to program games on Windows or Mac, but figuring it out
    (via X-Window) on Solaris at school.  Discovery that "some 'Red Hat'
    thing" lets you run Linux on a comodity PC.  Ability afford a used P133
    for $300, right after graduating from college with a CS degree.

(4) Haven't looked back.  (Except some WinXP at a recent job, which was just
    horrid, and nearly as frustrating as Win95 was back in the late 1990s.)
    Go hooked on the Open Source / Free Software ideals, the ability to
    cheaply utilize hardware, and the communities I've become part of
    (and/or founded[*])

[*] I'm partially to blame for the creation of http://www.lugod.org/ &
    almost entirely to blame for http://www.tuxpaint.org/
    (The latter was also formed thanks to the former. ;^) )

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