I am not sure, whether such a Thread already exists or not, but I would like to read, how you made your way to OpenSuse? When did you begin with computers, what are you using them for? Was it difficult for you to start using Linux? And so on…
so, for a start, here is my story:
My first computer, bought in 1995, was featuring an Intel Pentium Processor with 133 Mhz and it also had 8 Mb RAM and 2 Gb HDD.
It was preloaded with Windows 95. It had quite a lot of alternative software on it, for example the Netscape Navigator (instead of IE), StarOffice (instead of MS Office) and some Corel Photo and painting software.
It was running quite okay. I used it a lot for gaming and all the photo stuff and of course the Internet.
In 2000 I bought a new one, featuring an AMD Athlon Processor with 1400 Mhz, 256 MB RAM and 40 Gb HDD. It was preloaded with Windows Me and this was horrible. After suffering for more than two and a half years I bought a Windows Xp and was slightly reliefed…
This computer was also used for all the things which happen in Live. I had this computer until 2009, but then upgraded to 1 Gb RAM and a 500 Gb HDD.
In 2005 I thought about buying a Mac, because I was fed up with Windows. I had some viruses on the machine and did not know where they came from (for sure it was not porn! ) and I simply wanted something different.
I went to the Apple Store and realised that this would be really really expensive. And I also was not sure… there is no trial… you buy it and you like it, or you have lost a lot of money… or you sell it again… whatever…
So I thought to myself: “there must be something else”. And after some weeks of not thinking about all this anymore, I stumbled over a CT, a german technology magazine, mainly for computer guys. They always bring also some special editions and this special edition was about OpenSuse 10.0 and a install DVD was also included.
So I tried it…
But in some way I did not really succeed with it. I had no clue about it because of course I never have heard about Linux and Suse in particular.
Anyway, from this moment on I was somehow fascinated and pissed in the same moment. Fascinated because there was something which also makes my computer being useful and pissed because I did not have a clue how to install the graphics driver for my ATI card and because there was no driver for my Lexmark printer.
So after a while I decided to fire up Windows again… and I was very sad about this.
After a while this bugging feeling came back… “try it again!!!”. So this time, in early 2006 I tried Ubuntu 5.10 because there was some other article about it in another CT magazine.
I finally managed to install the graphics driver on it and it was quite okay.
But after a while I felt that the gaming was missing…
At this time I did not know that you also can dualboot…
So the so to say second good time of Windows on my computer lasted until early 2008.
In the meantime I collected lots of information about Linux. How to dualboot, how to install graphics drivers, how to install printer drivers… and so on.
I also bought a new printer, which was supported by Linux (a Brother all-in-one)
So I tried it again, in 2008 with Ubuntu 7.10. This time I wanted to succeed. But I don´t know what was wrong… but the system could not save the screen resolution. Every time it booted up, the screen was wrong and I had to fix it manually.
After a while Ubuntu 8.04 came out and I tried this. But not Ubuntu, it was Kubuntu instead, because I knew from the trial with Suse 10.0 back in 2005, that KDE may be a bit more familiar…
So this time, my trial was successful. I got everything to work on my old computer from 2000.
It was amazing.
After everything was set up, I sat in front of the screen with tears of fascination in my eyes. I could not believe that this simply works.
After a while working with KDE 3.5 I felt that it actually is not really my piece of cake and I switched over to Gnome-Ubuntu.
I also bought a new computer some days later and also a Laptop. Both without operating system and I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on the desktop and Ubuntu 8.10 on the Laptop.
Later I followed all Ubuntu and Kubuntu versions until 2010. Kubuntu on the desktop and Ubuntu on the Lappie.
I also tried a lot of other distros, like OpenSuse 11.2, Mint, Debian, Mandriva, Fedora, Sabayon…
In 2010 I realised that I need change again. So I started a really bad distro hopping and finally ended up with OpenSuse 11.3. I also bought a new Laptop because the old one is showing signs of wear (it was a really cheap one) and I think that it will break soon. As I moved to the US I also bought a new desktop over here and this is now a dualboot again. But Windows is booted next to never on this machine.
Now I am on Open Suse 11.4 and I am really happy.
So, to all of you developers out there: thank you very much, for providing such an awesome system! Your work and your effort is very much appreciated!
whats your story?