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"How did you first get into Linux?"

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Here’s the story of how I became a Lincuck: it involves BoomerOS (Windows 95), Civilization II, n00buntu, Gentoo, Manjaro, ThinkPads, my thesis, vim and LaTeX. I talk about why I started using it after many years of knowing that it was out there, and what makes GNU/Linux unique.

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36 thoughts on “"How did you first get into Linux?"

  1. oof…this hurts. i just realized i'm switching off of windows for practically the same boomer reasons like "literal 30 yo boomer luke" did. now, i am "literal 30 yo boomer bert".

  2. 2005: heard about Linux before, but read some article on slashdot that really peaked my interest. Download all the ISO and burn every version I could onto a CDR and manually boot my XP machine from it. I never spend more than a half hour at a time, and I consider it interesting but useless to me. I thought yellow dog Linux on my Mac G4 laptop was cool though.

    2010: I turn my core 2 duo Mac mini from OSX to Ubuntu 10.04 on bare metal. This was the moment I fully committed to Linux while keeping an OSX machine for the things I couldn’t or wasn’t knowledgeable enough to do with Linux.

    2012: I’m running Ubuntu server 12.04 on a pentium 4 acting as a SMB server and set a script to rsync one drive to another as a crappy backup. I have a crappy dell box from bestbuy for $300 and it’s first boot was to put 12.04 LTS to wipe windows 7. Unity was new, and I was got a side job from my main employment creating vector graphics and logos with Inkscape.

    2019: Manjaro i3wm edition with a handful of modifications.

  3. I've got a similar story – used Windows since I was 3, knew about Linux for a while & also that a lot of programmers used it but never looked into it. Felt like I needed a Windows machine to code, bought a T440p, had a spare SSD, installed Windows on one & Linux Mint on the other just to try something different. After 3 days of a Windows-like experience decided to install Arch to force myself to learn how Linux works. Haven't booted into Windows once since then. Been using it as the main OS ever since.

  4. Two more questions for you:

    1. What's your opinion on BSD? It seems nicer and cleaner. I am worried about its community size though.

    2. Do you self-host? I cannot get rid of dropbox because I don't feel I am capable enough to keep my stuff backup safely.

  5. I am afraid of using arch because I cant help myself thinking, I could loose my Linux sever admin skills. Hell, I can run I3 on an minimal debian netinstall too. I dont understand the fuss about arch! I did A few lfs builds , Linux from scratch. I gues I am A medium skilled Linux user that cant help himself, thinking that arch must be bloated. Well Gonny give iT A trie. The only difference shall be the package manager I guess.

  6. Started playing around with modded Skyrim. Started using the Steam controller. Liked making different configurations and fell in love with the intracacies involved of being able to tinker, operate, and enhance the things you already bought. I was becoming frustrated with having to make all these workarounds in an operating system that I bought and paid for just to make it work how I want it to work then to only be restricted from tampering with it to the degree that I need. I don't like the idea of updates being forced on me as there have been more than once where an update broke up my everday tasks. I then figured if I'm going to go through this much trouble modding Windows, I might as well just start from the ground up so I started with Arch. It was a bit frustrating at first but now that I have it up and running everything has been pretty smooth from there.

    I was also really impressed with seeing what some people had done with their desktops on Linux and all the different "flavors" of OS and DEs available to Linux users. Linux has made computing fun to me, rather than just using my computer as a glorified game console / web browser. Also I really like editing videos, recording gameplay, and editing images and am interested in 3D modeling. I was looking for Adobe alternatives since I was using Premiere and Photoshop a lot and came across Davinci Resolve and GIMP. The cool thing was that not only were they free, but they were also available on Linux. Then I saw a video of a guy who tested Blender 2.8 on both Windows and Linux and the Linux version in a lot of cases was literally twice as fast so that's when I decided to take the dive. Windows isn't really offering me it's value for my particular use case in comparison to the free alternatives that are out there.

    I'm still not using Linux full time. I just started using it for the first time about 4 days ago. I have a whole drive dedicated to Arch and another drive dedicated to Windows, but I haven't booted into Windows for those 4 days, so we'll see.

  7. So nice to hear his actual Linux story, and to find out it's not at all that different from mine.

    Started out with C64, Amiga 500, first PC was running Windows 95, overall goal was to avoid Windows 10 by all means.

  8. My first experience with Linux was with Debian back in 2005. I ordered some cd's through the post but I ddin't know what I was doing and my internet was really slow so I wasn't able to get it installed. Then immediately after that, I got OpenSUSE but I only used it to run BOINC on some extra computers to crunch SETI data. I never took the time to learn how to use it and I was pretty scared of the terminal. I only ran those machines for about six months until I got tired of the noise and heat and extra electricy they were using. It wasn't until Nov 2016 when I didn't want to buy Windows 10 that I switched to Linux completely. I used Ubuntu for a month then Debian for a month and then whenever I searched for information about Linux on youtube Arch this and Arch that kept popping up all the time so I switched to that and I've basically lived in it ever since.

  9. >"Arch is now thee linux distribution these days."
    Nahh I'm sure more then half of /g/ hopped on the Fedora Linux stable yet up-to-date Gucci boat.

    *cracks open a Monster Energy Zero Ultra*

    I'm all fucked up here with my red hat on. Come at me you rolling release zoomers.

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