I finally took the plunge into Linux, particularly the Ubuntu distro.
Blame it on Microsoft. My laptop was running on Windows XP and was getting sluggish. Programs took forever to load, I kept on having Internet connection issues and I had to always check for ‘badware’ even when I had the latest and updated anti-virus and anti-malware software.
It came to a point when my friends and ISP techies strongly urged me to reformat my hard drive and re-install the XP. I agreed. The only problem was I misplaced my install CD. I searched far and wide (actually near and narrow since I live in an apartment) and just couldn’t find it.
So I was in a dilemma: continue with my sluggish OS or buy a new one, neither of which was appealing. I thought, "why buy another CD when the same thing was bound to happen again." And I certainly didn’t want to upgrade to Vista; too much bad feedback.
Then I read in my local paper’s tech column about Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. I liked what I read. Then I researched on comments, reviews and what-nots on Linux, particularly Ubuntu. I liked what I was reading. Best of all I liked the word, "free." Yet, I liked "free" in the context of excellence. Apparently open-source software aren’t run-of-the-mill.
I checked out the software bundled in Ubuntu such as OpenOffice, Gimp, Tomboy Notes and, of course, the already popular Mozilla Firefox. I deemed them not just alternatives to Microsoft and Adobe. They were superior apps that were head-to-head rivals!
So I went to the Ubuntu site, downloaded the distro, burned into a CD, backed up my important files and installed the Hardy Heron outright. I didn’t bother partitioning my drive so I could have the option of booting either Windows or Ubuntu. I was just tired of making Bill Gates rich.
It was a cinch. It installed easily and smoothly. Upon first seeing the Ubuntu interface, it felt like an epiphany. It was profound, and I’m not kidding!
That was about 4 months ago. I’ve never regretted it.
I took the plunge and I’m enjoying every minute of the adventure.