Ever since the a age of ~10, I had an interest in computers. Starting in windows was a bad idea, but I had no choice (parents ). I started out slow, understanding internet, file systems, file names, and then grew at a rapid pace from there. At age 12 I had HTML and CSS coding very well understood. But learning at such a rapid pace leaves alot of things to be thought back upon.
I loved how I could interact with this box, and get useful, worthful information out of it. This Christmas, I saved up and built my own computer (specs in sig), and sadly bought windows agian. Because now I felt like there was nothing holding me back, except for windows, I took nearly a week reading up on Linux and finally settled with Ubuntu 7.10. Booted the live CD and convinced my parents to allow me to dual boot. Having a 250gb hard drive helps, 150(win), and 100(Ubuntu). That first boot was lovely, so fast, so smooth, so well, um, open! The ability to access everything, anything, all of what I got is just superb. I switched to Ubuntu Studio, and that was also a thrill, because me and my friends do some mixing*. Both of them have some form of a Unix/Linux derivative, in total 2 macs,and 1 Ubuntu-box. Since then, I have completely abandoned windows aside from the install of Autocad. My brother uses it because he has a pentium3, with 256mb ram,for he loves his '86 325 BMW. Anyhow, I feel safe, open, and calm when in Ubuntu, and that is a feeling you can never get with windows, unless you have gobs of cash to spend on IT, and antivirus software.