My first computer was late as far as geeks go... my parents bought a 100 Mhz Pentium machine that came with Win95a when I was 15. I dove in head first and got tired of Windows pretty quickly. I heard about Linux for the first time in 1998 when I was writing my high school senior research paper. I was very confused in the beginning and attempted to boot Linux with LoadLin and a kernel image that I found on an FTP site somewhere. Of course without the rest of the OS, this failed completely. At the direction of my Unix geek uncle, I bought a RedHat 5.0 cd from CheapBytes and installed a dual boot system on my parents computer. When I went to college that fall, Linux was the primary OS on the computer that I built, and I haven't looked back since. I used windows as my primary OS for under 3 years, and have used Linux as my primary for nearly a decade. Of course I've always kept a Windows partition around for games, but I dream of a day that won't be necessary.