Free is awesome.
I admit, I used to be a Windows fanboy. I loved it. I thought it was the best OS out there, and that it was the most open one with the regedit and such.
Boy was I wrong.
I’m not entirely sure where I learned about Linux. But when I first heard about it, I was like
“Wow, a even more open OS then Windows?”
I then went off and installed Ubuntu 12.10 as a dual-boot on my laptop. It was really cool. Of course, I removed the partition a few times because I thought it was taking up too much space on my 500GB HDD. Then one day, I decided ‘you know what, what the hell’ and decided to install Ubuntu as my primary OS, removing Windows completly.
The amount of things I had to learn was substancial, granted, but I enjoyed the look and feel of the Unity desktop, and stuck with it for about a year (two months ago at the time of this writting). Then I saw ‘holy cow, there is more then Ubuntu?’, prompting me to install VirtualBox and try them out.
I was feeling particularily stupid one fine day, and decided to do ‘startx’ in the terminal, which in case you don’t know, starts the GUI for *many* linux OS’s. This was just after I’d installed Ubuntu as a virtual machine, where I could have safely experimented. To say the least it broke everything, and I was left without a laptop for about a week.
The next OS I tried, instead of going back to Ubuntu, was Zorin OS 7, which is based on Ubuntu but uses a different Desktop Enviorment. I liked it, but felt too much like Windows, which is what I wanted to move away from. So again, I nabbed VirtualBox and started trying out different OS’s. I came across Xubuntu and decided to give it a spin, even though I thought it was just Ubuntu with different programs installed.
So that’s what I’m using now. The next OS I’m planning on going to is Debian, which is what Ubuntu is based on. Maybe after that it will be Arch Linux, a barebones Linux distro that I’ve been playing around with.
Even if you don’t know what Linux is, I recommend installing VirtualBox and trying out some of the distrobutions I’ve mentioned above. You may find the perfect match. And subscribe to the /r/distrohopping subreddit, as they usually have good suggestions for distros you should try. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment! Or e-mail me if you prefer, firstname.lastname@example.org.