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If not for Linux I would have given up on computing a long time ago. Windows is such a pain to work with. I remember in high school my librarian, I asked for Windows 3.1 disks, and he instead gave me Red Hat Linux 4 floppy disks. I needed to restore an old 386 I had, I was a kid who couldn't afford a fancy Pentium 60 machine. I remember looking on as Pentium 2 debuted then Pentium 3... I had built computer after computer in school, our lab ran on Linux. The rest of the world chugged along on Windows 95 then 98, and 98se. I never understood why people chose to stay on an OS that constantly crashed and got viruses. What did people see in Windows? I stayed happily on Linux, sure it had it's drawbacks but they never really bothered me. When you know how to do something it just becomes something you do. Build ncurses, make, make install, build gentree. It was just something you did and it took less time than installing Windows. I would configure the kernel just as you endlessly searched for drivers. It was just my way of doing things. I would write the lilo config file, and install xorg and cde or gnome or kde, whichever was the leading desktop. All this would happen quickly in about 25 minutes on something like a 300mhz computer. I remember hearing about how Windows took over an hour to install and would sometimes crash, leaving users scratching their head in wonder. I would giggle to myself wondering why a company would want to keep it's users in the dark like that. Like I said Linux had it's fair share of issues, but if I, a 10th grader, could figure it out, why couldn't others?

A lot of time has passed since then. From printer issues, to sound issues, win-modem issues, video card driver issues, but time has a way of paving those issues over. In fact so much has changed that Lilo is now a faint memory, and installing Linux, still only takes 15-20 minutes. I was allured by the holy Windows 7 after hearing rave reviews on it, and sure it was solid, but you couldn't change anything. You were stuck with what some mega corporation gave you, and it locked me out of my system. Cryptic error messages. Windows 10 forced itself onto my system and that would crash constantly after a couple updates. What a nightmare. I am now happily back on Arch, wine to run WoW.

I am only 32 years old. I don't understand how people are afraid of trying Linux, but are comfortable with a mega corporation knowing everything about them, knowing every file on their PC, that forces updates and breaks things regularly. It blows my mind what users are willing to put up with, for perceived ease of use. What they are willing to trade for what amounts to very little. You trade your freedom for something that others offer up for free. Gone are the days of compiling things, though, it wasn't very hard to do to begin with. You can use your computer without ever touching CLI.

Windows would have driven me crazy, all the horror stories I heard about it. Windows ME, Vista, 8, and 10. I look on from the comfort of Linux, afraid of ever touching anything they shove down user's throats. I am very thankful for my old librarian and what he introduced me to. Without whom I would hate computers. Yet Windows users laugh at me. If you use Linux, give it to some kid in high school, and warn him/her of the dangers of using Windows. Tell them to be free. If you have been thinking about using Linux, come be free. While issues arise, they are far less infuriating. It's better here.
 

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If only more people used Linux.
 

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Dunno, I have always been a windows guy. Never had interest in learning Linux, but that's just me :p
 

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Dunno, I have always been a windows guy. Never had interest in learning Linux, but that's just me :p

Why is that? Do you know that Microsoft collects every file name, your name, contacts names, etc everything they can and store it for "research usage"? Do you know what that research is? Do they tell you? I would want to know what a company, who knew all this about me, was doing with said information. I get that you may or may not have anything to hide, which is not the point, they hide what they do with your information. I guess I wouldn't have a problem with them if they didn't have such a bad track record. Spread the word. Save yourself from headaches, give Linux a try. It is fun, and learning it now is easier than ever. Everything is done for you.
 

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Old thread this, but things are looking so much better for Linux.
I too have been using Linux for as my daily driver for about 12 years now.

My biggest reason for having a separate machine with Windows was for gaming because sadly most game developers out there does not care about Linux, despite the obvious benefits.
These days with things like Vulcan and Nvidia coming to the party, we have a ton of games running on Linux out of the box.

So I would always suggest to people that are afraid to try Linux, grab that old laptop, slap something like POP!_OS on there and bring new life to it. Sure, it might not run Cyberpunk, but if you are a lover of casual and indie games, it is golden.
Step up from that is to use a Raspberry pi and create an arcade machine from it to play some retro games. Good way to get into the grit of Linux.

I am developing games myself and looking at starting a Youtube series where I will develop and play games on Linux, just to show how powerful it can be!.
 

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Sadly I didn't have any exposure to Linux until college when I started learning C++ and would use putty to ssh into a shared linux machine where we all had our files and tools, g++ compiler, etc. After that I got a job in IT and was lucky enough to get hands on experience admin'ing old unix and linux servers alike.

I still have my windows 10 machine at home for gaming, but I always use Linux on my laptops and "daily drivers". It's the only alternative to having Microsoft or Apple steal your information, and if you set it up right, it is by far the most secure platform you can find. I think people get overwhelmed by all the distros to choose from, but to me that's part of the fun. From Fedora/Ubuntu to Kali Linux and Mint, there's something for everyone.

The Best way to sell it to kids these days is to have them install SteamOS - they don't need to know it's based on Debian :cool:
 

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Yes! I would say Steam is doing heaps for Linux and now that the Steam Deck is a thing, I see more tinkerers that will discover Linux.
Since the days of TBC, I was running wow on Linux and really happy with where things are at the moment in terms of gaming on Linux. I would encourage anyone to start up a virtualbox and load a distro to play with. Once you get around the 'oddness", you can start to see the power. Even thinking of starting a series on YT to educate younger folk and show them how much fun this can be.
 
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