When did Linux become your primary OS?

Before 1997
6% (170 votes)
1997-2000
10% (305 votes)
2001-2002
9% (284 votes)
2003-2004
13% (401 votes)
2005
10% (300 votes)
2006
24% (746 votes)
Planning to in 2007
15% (446 votes)
Maybe later
10% (310 votes)
I'll never switch
3% (96 votes)
Total votes: 3058

I guess we're mostly quite

I guess we're mostly quite new, eh?

Time in Linux

I've worked in Windows since #1.0. I even studied NT and 2000 server in college. I started with computers in 1977 and went to PCs in 1985.
I just finally gave up; I couldn't stand the constant freezing and Blue Screen of Deaths. I made the switch to Linux in mid-2006 and haven't looked back. It IS strange to be a noobie at my age and experience level; but each day it gets better.

If I don't make it to Heaven, just send me wherever dogs go.

Linux n00b

I started in DOS 3.2/Windows 3.1 days myself (I was 8)... Over the years, I've attempted the switch to linux, but something always caused me to fall back to windows. I'm happy to say that mid 2006 was my ultimate switch when I found Ubuntu. I haven't looked back since. In fact, I've converted 5 others along the way. I'm still tied to windows since I'm a windows admin, but I'm enjoying admining windows servers from my linux desktop...

I started messing around

I started messing around with Linux in '96. I finally made it my full-time desktop in about '99, and switched my wife's workstation over in about 2001. (That took two tries; Linux browsers were still pretty marginal back then).

Since then it's been all 100 percent Linux in our household, including server and firewall. My wife doesn't know what a blue screen looks like (although she manages to find lots of other quirks in the software..)

Linux Newbie Now

I just did my first Linux install a few weeks ago, and am trying several distros to find what I like the best. I currently have Xandros 4 Home Premium (yep, paid for it...wanted the printed docs and the bundled Codeweavers Crossover) and Kubuntu 6.10 installed, and will be loading SimplyMEPIS later tonight or sometime tomorrow after I figure out how to edit the Xandros Lilo to remove Kubuntu and add MEPIS (did it the hard way the first time).

I decided last fall that I will NOT Ever, Never, Ever install Vista unless I need to know it for a job. My first computer was a Tandy running DOS 2.0. I have used every version of Windows since 3.1 except for NT and WinME. So far, I am finding it a bit frustrating, but am confident that will go away with a bit of time to learn.

My first Linux install was

My first Linux install was Caldera. I made a mistake trying to configure the X server and blew out my monitor. I think this was in 1999. I tried Mandrake next. It had an install option that put everything in one file at one end of the hard drive. It worked but I had to boot from a floppy and Norton speed disk had fits trying to find a place for that file. I ended up erasing the file and giving up for a year or two. The real start came when I bought a hard drive tray and an extra drive. I could install an OS and not have to sweat partitioning. Red hat 8 was the first distro I used with any consistency and was the tool I used to get a handle on Linux. The thing that really set me into the Linux camp wasn't a distro but broadband. I can download the next greatest thing in a reasonable amount of time. I still have an install of windows but it is last item in menu.lst.

To be a NOOB all over again...

I started with the Apple I and II's moved up to IIGS and the early variants of Macintosh computers, even the LISA. When I purchased my 1st computer it was an Apple IIGS, over the years I purchased a card that turned my IIGS in to a PC. It would let me "dual boot" to the IIGS OS and DOS 3.0. Its funny how I learned DOS on a Apple computer, he..he... from 1984 to 1987 I would spend hours just learning how to use the DOS side of my Apple. I installed DOS versions from 3.0 to 6.2.2, and then jumped from my Apple to a PC. Windows 3.0 and 3.11 was so cool to work on at them time, I also learned from Windows 3.0 to Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, ME, XP, 2003. I have HAD enough of all the blue screens of DEATH thru the years and all the virus, spyware, malware you name it ware that would take over my PC. I would go to great lengths to just preempt an attack that could and might happen.

About 6 months ago I heard of Ubuntu, I order two books and Ubuntu and downloaded the Live CD 6.06LTS install. I had an extra can sitting around not doing anything and so popped the CD in and played around with the live cd boot up. In mid December I had Ubuntu installed on my P3 933Mhz, 512MB RAM and a GFroce Ti4200 128 RAM system and its was FAST. (FASTER in boot up and day to day tasked them my Windows XP SP2, P4 2.4Ghz, 1GB RAM, ATI 9800PRO XT system). Just recently my WinXP can did a zit-pop ~~ smoke and thank goodness I had my Linux can up and running.

The biggest problem I had with Ubuntu was installing my HP OfficeJet k60 printer. But with a lot of help from the Ubuntu Forums I was able to get the driver installed. Then the noob took over and reinstalled a different driver and that killed my k60. I looked and looked and found how to display drivers that loaded when the system stared and once I did that and re-installed the HPLIP drivers and my printer was printing again.

Ubuntu has opened my eyes to much better way to use a computer!

Time with Linux

The last microsoft "operating system" I used was DOS 3.3. For years, I used DR-DOS/OPENDOS/etc, with Desqview. I got an early copy of Yggstrdill (please correct my spelling), but never got it to work. I've fiddled with RedHat (4 and 5, I think), Slack, Debian (Potato was my earliest I think), Caldera OpenLinux (I still use a Caldera server with kernel 2.0.33 dated Jan 1998). Mostly now I use Ubuntu/Debian 6.10. Since Potato, I been almost exclusively with Debian and children.

I've used Linux more than any other OS combined

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.

a Linux OS as preferred OS ...

It all started with Caldera, promising heaven on earth, untill you tried to install it, and even then: it was like a warp into the past.

Many BSoD later, many crashes later, many frustrations later, came Ubuntu with its free CD's. It worked within 30 minutes or so. And Kubuntu and Xubuntu. 6.06 and 6.10.

Then in 2006 we had a very lousy winter me staying inside and downloading all Linux OS's I could find attractive. I really tried them all. I was impressed with SAMlinux untill it crashed 2 pc's. I was ashamed with other distro's I will not mention. I felt held back with Slack's derivatives. I felt delighted with FreeSpire, but I went beserk with LinuxMint.

LinuxMint 2.1 and later on 2.2 really offered me the alternative for WInXP, which I sought for since I do not intend to spend a whole lot of money on Vista, and then be stuck with a hard drive to be replaced.

a linux pc is a happy pc

Been using linux for slightly more than 5 years. WILL NEVER USE THAT OTHER O$ AGAIN !! I stopped playing games because I won't have windoze on any of my pc's.
Although I have to administer our clients' (who sadly are still Bill's b*tches) Micro$loth pc's / networks.

I've used Suse 8.2, 9.1, Redhat 9, fedora core (all), Switched to Ubuntu roughly 4 months ago,
and loving every minute of it, also have quite a few IPCOP-boxes I look after.