I Love Linux!I was an above-average (are there really any 'expert' Windows users?) Windows user, getting sick of having to reinstall software and reset settings that were blown away every time I had to reinstall the OS. I'm a power user, too; after a while, I just went without the programs, rather than to spend another 30 days installing and configuring software that I might or might not use by the time I had to reinstall again. I even set up my hard drives so that all the data was (supposed to be) stored on a different hard drive than the system drive... but, alas, Windows always saved some setting or another on the system drive, and most programs saved files by default to the "My Documents" folder on the system drive. I was hating my life with my computer.
And then something happened that forced an upgrade to the newest OS. More $$ spent on yet another revision of the bloatware... but "this" year, I wasn't going to do it. I put another hard drive in, formatted it for the FAT system, copied all of my mail (I had previously switched to the Thunderbird email client because I knew the change was coming), and then installed Fedora Core 4 to dual boot between.
The learning curve was one of the harder learning curves I've experienced, as I was back to the command line again (whenever my computer usage went out of the black and white), which seemed to be a downgrade, at first, but I persisted.
Now, I run Fedora Core 6 on my main PC, with VMWare installed for when I need to access Microsoft applications for work. I also run a Smoothwall firewall, my son dual-boots into Ubuntu, and I even use Centos 5 and FC6 at work!
Linux has been a god-send to me. It's more challenging sometimes, but well worth the time spent on learning it. I enjoy computing again. And I very seldom have to reboot... crashes almost never take down the entire OS... and when I do upgrade the OS, all my settings are stored on a separate /home partition, so it's usually a matter of installing the new OS, and then everything works exactly like it did before, most of the time.
zenandi 31-35, M 9 Responses 3 Jan 12, 2008