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June 28th, 2008, 08:51 AM
How and When did have came to know about Ubuntu?
I came to know Ubuntu when dapper is released. but i didnt install it that time as i m a newbie using computer. Then i started using 7.10 boldly and now i dont have Windows.
June 28th, 2008, 09:53 AM
I heard about it when they were testing their first ever release (I think 4.10). I wasn't really interested in it at that time because it just seemed like any other Debian based distro. Its only in the last year or so that I have got intereseted in it because we have clients who use it on their servers. I personally prefer other distros but Ubuntu is good especially for beginners.
June 28th, 2008, 09:57 AM
I bought a linux magazine at random (I was fully a windows user at the time) and as I was reading became more interested. The magazine had OpenSUSE on the cover disc and I tried that but the 4 hour install from DVD put me off. The mag talked about Ubuntu Edgy as well and after downloading and installing I was hooked... My laptop has been running a flavour of Ubuntu ever since :D
June 28th, 2008, 10:02 AM
I'd considered checking out Linux about two or three years ago, and even got a book from the local library which had a disk with a Red Hat distro on it, but was put off by the procedure to get the system ready (I don't remember a "Live CD" option). Promptly forgotten about until about a year ago, when I was researching something through Google and discovered Ubuntu in its 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" days.
Dual booted on both my desktop & laptop for a while, but eventually scrubbed it on the desktop (HDD space needed for a couple of video projects for other people, together with a nasty experience with a virus), kept dual-boot on the laptop until recently - now the laptop's Ubuntu only (still sticking with Feisty) and a small partition on the desktop has been reinstated for use by visitors.
June 28th, 2008, 10:03 AM
I was running on my expired Mandriva Silver Membership and went looking at http://www.linux.com/distributions/ saw ubuntu, googled it, saw a great horde of happy users, noticed its only naysayers seemed to be those that think everything must be compiled from scratch, and decided to give it a shot.
Shortly after I became an exclusive linux booter as the windows partition just quit getting used.
That was over 5 years ago, no looking back other than to say where I've been.
Big thanks to Canonical and the entire Ubuntu Team, and Everyone here at these forums.
June 28th, 2008, 11:36 AM
I was up until 2 years ago a happy Gentoo user and a regular listener of lugradio, which Ubuntu was mentioned on a frequent basis, I tried it out and eventually moved to it.
June 28th, 2008, 11:49 AM
I was a windows users, and i've seen before red hat.
But day after day, windows becomes more boring, so i decided to try Mac OS(i wanted something new), but my older brother told me that he heard about ubuntu one of the popular linux os. So when i saw the website, i dowloaded gutsy and install it(on the entire hard disk for sure :D)on december, and joined the forums on february
June 28th, 2008, 11:51 AM
i found it in a linux magazine. it was version 4.10, i think it was called warty. it wasnt bad experience for a first time.
June 28th, 2008, 11:59 AM
I read about Ubuntu in a magazine name Linux For You and read that I could order it over the net. Not having a broadband connection I was excited and ordered that Ubuntu release. It was 6.06 LTS. It got me completely hooked and it is my favourite OS now.
June 28th, 2008, 12:14 PM
This is my entire story:
June 28th, 2008, 12:15 PM
The first time I used it was when someone gave me a CD for it in 2006. I can't recall what version it was, though. 5.10 maybe? They must've gotten it from ShipIt because it was in a pretty little CD cover. Long story short, I used it for a while off and on but with 7.04, I kept it and used it for the most part. On my laptop, I'm using Mint 5. I like that it's based on Ubuntu, uses the same repositories but I like a few of the extra things it throws in. One thing I always liked Ubuntu is the community. I really like Debian but the Ubuntu community was what kept me here (I do use Debian on my desktop though). I hope nobody has a problem with me using Mint but still hanging out here. ;) All in all, I came for the distro, stayed because of the community.
June 28th, 2008, 12:26 PM
i can see that you're lebanese, right ?
June 28th, 2008, 12:28 PM
i can see that you're lebanese, right ?
Half-Lebanese. My dad's from Lebanon.
June 28th, 2008, 02:48 PM
I got into it in late 2006. I had a moral dilema. I needed some software to do a job. Using windows that was going to cost $$$. So a mate showed me his OpenSuse installation. So I did a search on Linux and Ubuntu was the most talked about and had the most favourable reviews at the time. So I put it on my old spare laptop and was impressed, it did everything I need to do and the software choice was immense. So early in 2007 I invested in a Acer 64 bit laptop and have been running Ubuntu exclusively ever since. I did recently have a go with OpenSuse 11, but didn't like the interface in their release of GNOME. I do have access to an XP machine so I can transfer music to my Sony MiniDisc player, as in two years in trying I have found no support for this.
June 28th, 2008, 03:57 PM
I came to know Linux by the Asus eeePC from wikipedia. I started with Damn Small Linux (totally not for a noob) when I researched in www.linux.org. I learned about Debian on the way by the tutorials. One day, I saw OS usage statistics in on the frontpage of the site. I saw Ubuntu had a 50% dominance. Everything followed and here I am now, still using Ubuntu. It was Fiesty Fawn back then.
June 28th, 2008, 04:38 PM
I was lurking around some linux forum when I was thinking of installing it. At first I was going to try Fedora but I kept seeing Ubuntu recommended. Then I learned about live cds and the rest is history.
June 28th, 2008, 05:05 PM
I had long wanted to play with linux ever since I first became aware of it in 99/2000ish when I was chatting to someone else who was (like me) an enthusiastic but unexperienced computer user. But I never realised that it was supposed to be free software, so I didnt think i could justify spending money on something that I wasnt sure if i would be able to get working.
It was in 2005 when i started doing some (unrelated) work for someone who's parents owned an open-source oriented computer company that all my confusions were cleared up and I suddenly became excited with the idea of Open Source/GPL.
I tried installing several linux distros but with not enough sucess to make me start using them as a primary OS. Then about a year later when I was talking to the resident linux-guru at my friend's company he told me about Ubuntu which was supposed to be very user-friendly for new users, and he gave me a dapper CD (which had just been released a couple of weeks before)
Dapper installed fine, and I started using it on and off for a few months in early 2007 (after reading all the scary licencing and DRM stories about vista) I decided to try forcing myself to use Ubuntu (now Edgy) as a primary OS to force myself to get comfortable with it and learn all the little bits i was not too sure about.
I rarely boot windows now, except for gaming.
June 28th, 2008, 05:27 PM
HOW:After more than a few problems,correction,adventures during my first 4 months using a computer,with the obligatory Windows,i was fortunate enough to hit the Stumble button one fine day(i`d already discovered FF) and land smack bang on the Ubuntu site,without even knowing what the hell "Linux" really was at that point.
WHEN:It was the March of 2006 that i`d sat down at the very first(of many) PC and by the end of that July i was an extremely happy Ubuntu user.
June 28th, 2008, 07:42 PM
I first became aware of Linux several years ago. I did a little research but decided that it had not matured enough for me to try it, and at the time my schedule was just too busy. So, from time to time I would take a quick look on various sites / forums etc, but stayed away until I became aware of Ubuntu. The lure was that I could run it from the LiveCD to see what it was like without a huge investment of time. That was just a few months ago.
My first experience with Linux was with Ubuntu 7.10 a few months ago. I loaded it on an old ThinkPad R51e that I was not using, so I wiped windows off and installed 7.10 Gusty. Immediately I was impressed. The only challenge I faced was getting the WiFi to work properly which is for me a mission critical item. I use WiFi everywhere, everyday, thus it's my internet connection and I've got to be able to rely on it.
I just got lucky and found this forum. The members answered my questions right away and within a few hours I had wifi working perfectly. I was so impressed that I only used 7.10 for about a week, then 8.04 was released. At that point I decided to put a second hard drive in this computer my T60 ThinkPad. The laptop that is my main computer for work, and all other purposes. Since I need windows until I get myself up to speed on everything that can be done with Ubuntu, this was the perfect solution.
I now have two hard drives in my ThinkPad T60, one has XP Pro, and the other has Ubuntu 8.04, both independent of each other, both with their own boot mechanism. The Ubuntu Drive being in the Ultra Bay I can easily remove it without affecting the computer. Windows boots natively from the main internal hard drive using it's normal master boot record which was untouched as I removed that drive when installing Linux on the second hard drive in the ultra bay.
After installing Linux on the ultra bay drive, I then reinstalled the main drive in it's normal location. Now when I boot up, at the windows splash screen if I push F12, a menu comes up asking which drive I would like to boot to. If I boot up without pressing F12 it goes directly to windows just as it did before I added the second drive. Perfect. I could not be happier. Now I can use and learn Ubuntu when my time permits, and I still have full windows functionality just like before.
At some point I will switch over to Ubuntu completely. I'm eager for that day to come.
June 30th, 2008, 02:19 AM
I first heard about Ubuntu around February 2005 when I was researching which distro of Linux to try on my home computer. At the time, it had only one release (4.10), and I was a bit concerned about the longevity of it (I didn't want my first distro to die on the vine, as it were), so I went with something a bit more established (Debian 3.1, then "unstable").
However, problems I had with installing Debian properly (it took me two weeks of installs, reinstalls, Googling, forum posting, and pure guesswork before I got a suitably working system), combined with a closer following of Linux after working with it myself, led me to switch to Ubuntu shortly after 5.10 was released. I have been with Ubuntu ever since.
June 30th, 2008, 02:35 AM
It was late 2005 when I saw a screenshot of a default Ubuntu desktop on some developer's blog. The concept of an operating system outside of Mac OS or Windows was new to me, but I was very interested in the alien icons and theme. I looked up Ubuntu and found out that CDs are shipped for free, so I said WTH and ordered about 20 discs. I never ended up installing the discs on my crappy (7 years old back then) computer, but I clicked around on the slow and boring Breezy Badger LiveCD.
My family bought a new PC in 2006, so I decided to finally give Ubuntu Dapper Drake a try. My impression was that Linux is extremely lame after my first few test drives, but curiousity got the best of me over time. After a half dozen failed and accomplished attempts at partitioning/dual booting, Kubuntu 7.04 ended up getting me hooked onto Linux for good.
My preference today is Gnome on Fedora. I do admit to requesting a free Ubuntu disc recently so I could get some stickers. :D
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