Comment of the Day - November 2, 2005 Why People Switch to LXer

Posted by tadelste on Nov 2, 2005 5:52 AM EDT
LXer -Article; By AndyCooll
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AndyCooll writes about his experience trying Firefox and OpenOffice.org. He writes: "I saw that the quality of these products were excellent. And I was hooked. It was only a small step then to trying Linux."

From the article: Why People Switch to Linux

I've been a Linux user only for the last six months. Although I wasn't particularly rebelling against Microsoft my journey towards Linux began with objecting to forking out a small fortune for software and Microsoft Office in particular. I also wasn't happy with IE.

One day I decided to try Firefox, and then from there OpenOffice.org. I saw that the quality of these products were excellent. And I was hooked. It was only a small step then to trying Linux. On installation I quickly saw the benefits, everything you could ever wish for at your fingertips. Wonderful. And it was so flexible, choices everywhere!

I'm not a geek, I know very few command lines at the moment but I love fiddling. I've always liked the idea of having a box that fits my personal needs and Linux provides it. I've tried Fedora Core (which is ok) but I've found I prefer Ubuntu. It is just the right level for a noob like me. I also love the philosophy of Debian and have a test box with this on. Unfortunately I have just a few too many problems with it to use it as my main box, but it's great to use as a learning box.

Its all still a bit of a steep learning curve and since I'm not a computer expert often I get stuck, however I'm loving the challenge.
I can't properly play the one game on it I love (Football Manager, the match engine is still grindingly slow with Wine and Cedega), and I'd like to see an improved multimedia application that's as friendly as Realplayer/Windows Media Player (i.e I'd like to see AmaroK with movie capability).

However even with my limited knowledge I've already converted the wife's pc over to Linux too.



And of course once you make the move you don't want to go back, and now I'm even starting to become strict with myself in terms of licencing. Open source? GNU/GPL? Debian principles?
I still have my Windows pc and what I put on that must as far as possible meet with the philosophy I use for my Linux pc's.

I'm looking forward to a Linux future! :-)

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