It was 6 years ago when, during a workshop about blogs, this humble account of my experiences with Free Software was born. After countless problems, I decided to forget about all the knowledge about Windows (funny, I thought it was about computers back then) that I had accumulated in around 15 years and migrated to the land of Tux.
I left my power user status...
I left many of my games and favorite apps...
I left the comfort of warranties and a solid customer support...
All to search for a totally new land. An unknown world in which, surely enough, I would be a newbie again...
Wait a minute! I never enjoyed warranties and much less a customer support of any type! All I got was formatted hard drives thanks to those working in computer shops that were not directly related to Microsoft.
Also, I remember I left a land of viruses, Trojans, beacons, and malware of all possible kinds.
I left a realm of "this cannot be done" and of Blue Screens of Death.
I abandoned a world of constant system checks and paranoia.
And now, after 6 years as a full time Linux user, I can say:
I still don't know most of the command line.
I found excellent apps and my game collection is constantly growing.
I still need the help of those who kindly keep the forums of my distros.
I still get amazed at the advantages of using Linux.
I still have no idea of how to compile my kernel.
I may be a perpetual newbie, but the knowledge I've accumulated in these 6 years doubles that of my 15+ years using Windows. I'm proud of that!