Re: Introductions and Meetups...
Chris here, in Rye (a stone's throw from Steve). I've a different history from you guys. Started computing by watching my dad build an Altair 8800 back in about '75; it ran CPM and used a teletype for data input and a 300baud audio coupled modem to dial into Berkley. My dad taught me Basic and HEX so I could use the programming panel on the Altair.
Over the years, I pursued a different career path, but have always stayed on the periphery of computers. I started looking at linux several years ago; first Red Hat 5.0, then 5.2... then Corel Linux (a copy of which I still have on my shelf), but was always too chicken to load it on my one and only machine.
When MS announced it would discontinue support for 98SE, I threw caution to the wind and dual-booted Dapper and have never really looked back. I continued to dual-boot for about a year, but this past summer I re-lived my experience in 1975 and built a new system with my young daughter & son. I'm now 100% linux on my new desktop (Gutsy)... though I have to admit my wife is using XP on her laptop.
I don't write code, but do give out a fair number of Ubuntu CDs to co-workers, friends and family.
Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4; AMD X2 5600+; 4GB Mushkin Enhanced DDR2 800; Seagate 250GB 7200.10 (SATA);
ASUS DVD-E616A3T (SATA); Samsung SH-S182M (PATA); EVGA GT 220 (all work ootb)