My first try at Linux was a kind of “maybe I should give this a try” sorts of conditions.
Back within the late 1990s, I discovered some form of packaged Red Hat distro on fairly a couple of floppies, purchased a second onerous drive for the household laptop computer, and set about putting in it. It was an fascinating experiment, however as I recall the household wasn’t fairly able to share the pc to that extent. Fast ahead to 2005, I lastly broke down and purchased a beautiful Toshiba laptop computer that ran Window XP. At work, I had an growing old Sun SPARCStation 5, and I did not actually just like the path the entire Solaris factor was going at that time (Motif-based desktop). I actually needed GIMP for some mission or the opposite, however the convoluted journey to putting in GNOME 1.x (was it 1.four? possibly) on Solaris was difficult. So, I used to be truly considering leaping ship to Windows XP. But after residing with it on my dwelling machine for a couple of months, I discovered myself liking that even lower than attempting to run GNOME on Solaris, so I put in Ubuntu Hoary Hedgehog 5.04 after which Breezy Badger 5.10 on my laptop computer. It was great. That machine with its three.2GHz Pentium, 2GB of reminiscence, and 100GB onerous drive ran rings round my SPARCStation 5.
All of a sudden, as a substitute of playing around with cobbled-together Solaris packages to attempt to get stuff operating, issues have been simply an apt-get away. The timing was good, too. My household and I lived in Grenoble, France from August 2006 to July 2007, whereas my spouse was on sabbatical. Because of the Linux Toshiba, I used to be capable of take my work with me. At the time I used to be doing a number of GIS knowledge processing on a few massive initiatives; I discovered I may do the identical factor in PostGIS / PostgreSQL rather more quickly than with the extremely costly industrial GIS software program we used again dwelling in Canada. Everyone was comfortable, particularly me.
The humorous factor that occurred alongside the way in which was that we took two different computer systems to France – my spouse’s related Toshiba (operating XP, which labored superb for her) and our children’ just lately acquired new Toshiba laptop computer, additionally operating XP. Just after Christmas, that they had some associates over who inadvertently put in a nasty and not possible to take away virus on their laptop. After a number of hours over a couple of days, one in every of my children requested “Dad, can’t we just install the same thing as on your computer”? And poof, three new Linux customers have been created. My son, at 29 years previous, remains to be a cheerful Linux consumer, and I am guessing on his fourth or fifth Linux laptop computer, the previous couple of all provided by System76. One of my daughters was pressured to transform to Windows when she began legislation college three years in the past as her college had a compulsory testing framework that solely would run on Windows and would allegedly detect issues like VMs and whatnot (please do not get me began). And, my different daughter was seduced by a Macbook Air that her firm purchased for her.
Oh effectively, cannot win all of them!