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Tipped OuT
May 11th, 2009, 11:27 PM
well?

SuperSonic4
May 11th, 2009, 11:29 PM
I was a little scared when it came to partitioning my disks - I did not want to lose a largely stable windows install to something which may break. But it's all good now and I love the terminal

HappyFeet
May 11th, 2009, 11:32 PM
I wasn't scared at all. I actually looked forward to it. But then again, I've never shyed away from a challenge.

Muffinabus
May 11th, 2009, 11:34 PM
I flat out said yes. I was terrified of installing it and accidentally messing up my Windows drive and not being able to use my computer. Looking back, it was a bit silly :3

Sealbhach
May 11th, 2009, 11:37 PM
I remember the day I first installed Ubuntu, I got into a slight panic, felt guilty or something and ran out and threw the Ubuntu disc in the rubbish bin *hiding the evidence*. :)

I had heard Ubuntu was easy, so I was more scared of voiding my warranty by using something other than windows.

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baseface
May 11th, 2009, 11:37 PM
back in 1998 when i first tried slackware i was a little intimidated.

cholericfun
May 11th, 2009, 11:38 PM
first time around i saw a knoppix on my desktiop i thought ... and now what?

second time around i couldn't wait...

even after endless days and nights reinstalling everything over and over again :)

Einsamkeit
May 11th, 2009, 11:39 PM
I was a little scared about quitting Windows, but that fear got away in the first 5 minutes, once I saw that everything ran OK. Getting out of a comfort zone often does that, after all, I had never played with partitions and OS installations before. :O But after the nervousness came bliss, and now I'm considering getting rid of Windows on my desktop computer as well!

Tipped OuT
May 11th, 2009, 11:41 PM
I remember the day I first installed Ubuntu, I got into a slight panic, felt guilty or something and ran out and threw the Ubuntu disc in the rubbish bin *hiding the evidence*. :)

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:lolflag: That's hilarious, I know what you met though about feeling "guilty".

Sealbhach
May 11th, 2009, 11:42 PM
back in 1998 when i first tried slackware i was a little intimidated.

I should imagine you had every reason to be. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-merv/read.gif

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will1911a1
May 11th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Scared of installing software? No.

Sealbhach
May 11th, 2009, 11:46 PM
:lolflag: That's hilarious, I know what you met though about feeling "guilty".

*recovering Catholic* http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-merv/rulez.gif


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JK3mp
May 11th, 2009, 11:51 PM
I was pretty fearless in it i guess. Thus i had NOTHING to lose the first time i installed it cause the HD was like trashed to useless when i installed on it, :P

Tipped OuT
May 11th, 2009, 11:53 PM
Scared of installing software? No.

"Software" can damage your computer if you don't know what you're doing. Most of us, when we first installed Linux, had no experience in these areas. Therefore, it was quite frighting, not knowing what would happen if we messed up. Glad to heard everything went fine for you though. :)

dragos240
May 11th, 2009, 11:55 PM
Well..... I had 2 months of vista, so when I found linux, I jumped in, no looking back! Ever since, I've really thought how much I was missing out.

monsterstack
May 11th, 2009, 11:55 PM
The first time I saw Linux was when my step-father installed Suse on one of our old computers in around 2001, 2002ish. At first I was impressed because we had originally consigned the machine to death. It had bad sectors all over the drive and Windows for some reason just refused to work on it properly at all. Then I remember being freaked out at the insane terminal commands he used to type into it. Funny really. Terminal emulators are my favourite applications nowadays.

ken_do_san
May 11th, 2009, 11:56 PM
First time I tried was in 1998 grabbed an RH disc on a pocketbook released by one of the computer mags here in Australia, I was doing a programming course at the time and one of the subjects was Unix, so intrigue had the better of me. Installed it on a p100 (thats what I had the time) alongside win95, haven't looked back since.

Tipped OuT
May 11th, 2009, 11:56 PM
The first time I saw Linux was when my step-father installed Suse on one of our old computers in around 2001, 2002ish. At first I was impressed because we had originally consigned the machine to death. It had bad sectors all over the drive and Windows for some reason just refused to work on it properly at all. Then I remember being freaked out at the insane terminal commands he used to type into it. Funny really. Terminal emulators are my favourite applications nowadays.

Haha, yeah it's the Terminal commands that always got me before I actually tried it for myself.

t0p
May 12th, 2009, 12:06 AM
I certainly was not at all troubled by the prospect of using the command line - I grew up using the microcomputers of the 1980s, like the Commodore 64 and the BBC-B, when computing consisted exclusively of command line.

What did bother me though was partitioning a hard drive. I had to set up a dual-boot, and even though I'd backed up everything I had lost my XP install disk so I was worried I might trash the XP partition and not be able to re-install it. But I soon got over that, and now I've been Linux-only for quite a time.

Cam42
May 12th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Not really, I had picked up an old computer with Windows ME. yeah, that lasted all of two days before I put xubuntu onto it.

dragos240
May 12th, 2009, 12:12 AM
Haha, yeah it's the Terminal commands that always got me before I actually tried it for myself.

I was really interested in the command prompt in windows, so the terminal was so much sweeter!

l-x-l
May 12th, 2009, 12:13 AM
I am fearless & bored so I figured it was time to learn something new.

Tipped OuT
May 12th, 2009, 12:28 AM
I am fearless & bored so I figured it was time to learn something new.

Same here, except for the "fearless" part. I got tired of Windows XP, wanted to try something new, with fancy effects, to please my ADD. :lolflag:

steadyguy
May 12th, 2009, 12:49 AM
Wasn't scared but wanted to try for a long time and have finally done it. Windows has freaked me out for so long. Though I'm dual booting with Vista until I get everything where I want it.
Thanks for making it easy for me. steadyguy.:)

baseface
May 12th, 2009, 12:51 AM
I should imagine you had every reason to be. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-merv/read.gif

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that was when *nix was flatout mean to unsuspecting noobs.

dragos240
May 12th, 2009, 12:52 AM
Same here, except for the "fearless" part. I got tired of Windows XP, wanted to try something new, with fancy effects, to please my ADD. :lolflag:

Hey I have ADD too, well ADHD, it's better ;)

Wiebelhaus
May 12th, 2009, 12:57 AM
If it wasn't for Linux and Ubuntu specifically I would have had to find a new career / Job , I becoming extremely burned out and was ready to go work construction like the guy in Office Space.

MikeTheC
May 12th, 2009, 12:58 AM
What do you mean "Where"?

I was never scared in trying Linux (though a bit intimidated at first, of course) so therefore, there was no location where I was scared.

RedHat 4.2 was a bit of a challenge to install, but I got through it, eventually.

However, if you want to talk about a "challenge", try installing Linux (even Debian) on an Old World ROM-based Mac. Now *that* is a pain in the *ss. Absolutely. I mean, once it's installed, you're good to go, but getting to that point is just... OMG...


EDIT:


If it wasn't for Linux and Ubuntu specifically I would have had to find a new career / Job , I becoming extremely burned out and was ready to go work construction like the guy in Office Space.

I understand exactly what you mean. However, I more-or-less *have* left the tech world. (Just try working in a call center for five years -- five hopeless, idiot-filled, unappreciated, no-mans-land years -- and see what it does to you.)

frup
May 12th, 2009, 01:26 AM
I'd seen references to Linux for a long time, since about 1999 while using Windows 95. (P2 300mhz 64mb ram, 4GB HDD) That was my mums computer but from 1999 onwards (13) I effectively dominated it. I'd seen the references because I always looked for new software to install and so had versions of Netscape and Mozilla.

Because I always looked for new software to install and am generally curious I tried on numerous occasions to acquire a copy, but having 56kbps Internet and no CD burner was never successful, I once got 90mb/100mb of some distribution but something happened there.

By 2001 I had learned HTML (although it wasn't very standardised!) and was generally learning as much as I could about computers but still using Windows 95 and yet to try Linux... By this time I hated Windows 95 and the computer I was using.

In 2002 I got my first Job, my first paycheck went towards a Nintendo Gamecube. My next 2 months were spent purchasing parts to make a computer that served me until last year. On this I installed XP.

At first I actually liked XP but by the end of 2003 it had started causing me too many problems again. Linux began to get my attention and in 2004 I started making serious attempts to get a Mandrake 10 iso... on 56kbps with flashget or something I spent months trying to download the Iso. I'm not sure what happened there but In 2005 the first distribution I ended up getting was a Linspire 5.0 iso, for free from a coupon on a website. We had just got ADSL and I got the iso and burnt it to CD but didn't try it immediately. A few weeks later Windows XP somehow deactivated. I have no idea what I did but it wouldn't go past the log on screen. I was very annoyed. Having more than 1 hard drive I tried installing XP on another drive to recover my data but the new install wouldn't let me read the others data because of some user profile settings... so I thought what the hell I'll install Linspire. I expected Linux to be command line or rather brutish... but was instantly surprised through the install process how good it was. I still expected to loose my data but Linspire read NTFS out of the box and I was able to recover it all.

I kept Linspire for about 2 months but started having problems with it. I had to reinstall a few times in this period because that crap known as CNR kept breaking (I actually paid for a subscription to this naively)

My younger brother began using Linspire too on his computer he recently got and he found Ubuntu in this time, I also got around to installing mandrake 10, which was very out dated and just didn't have the support because I wasn't aware of the Mandriva name change etc.

I installed Ubuntu 5.10 and changed to GNOME. I've never looked back.

As much as I detested Linspire I'm lucky I used it first because Ubuntu didn't read NTFS out of the box at that stage. We tried a ton of other distributions in those first few months but never switched to any of them.

oack
May 12th, 2009, 01:30 AM
:-& AHHH! Technofear

Tipped OuT
May 12th, 2009, 01:33 AM
I'd seen references to Linux for a long time, since about 1999 while using Windows 95. (P2 300mhz 64mb ram, 4GB HDD) That was my mums computer but from 1999 onwards (13) I effectively dominated it. I'd seen the references because I always looked for new software to install and so had versions of Netscape and Mozilla.

Because I always looked for new software to install and am generally curious I tried on numerous occasions to acquire a copy, but having 56kbps Internet and no CD burner was never successful, I once got 90mb/100mb of some distribution but something happened there.

By 2001 I had learned HTML (although it wasn't very standardised!) and was generally learning as much as I could about computers but still using Windows 95 and yet to try Linux... By this time I hated Windows 95 and the computer I was using.

In 2002 I got my first Job, my first paycheck went towards a Nintendo Gamecube. My next 2 months were spent purchasing parts to make a computer that served me until last year. On this I installed XP.

At first I actually liked XP but by the end of 2003 it had started causing me too many problems again. Linux began to get my attention and in 2004 I started making serious attempts to get a Mandrake 10 iso... on 56kbps with flashget or something I spent months trying to download the Iso. I'm not sure what happened there but In 2005 the first distribution I ended up getting was a Linspire 5.0 iso, for free from a coupon on a website. We had just got ADSL and I got the iso and burnt it to CD but didn't try it immediately. A few weeks later Windows XP somehow deactivated. I have no idea what I did but it wouldn't go past the log on screen. I was very annoyed. Having more than 1 hard drive I tried installing XP on another drive to recover my data but the new install wouldn't let me read the others data because of some user profile settings... so I thought what the hell I'll install Linspire. I expected Linux to be command line or rather brutish... but was instantly surprised through the install process how good it was. I still expected to loose my data but Linspire read NTFS out of the box and I was able to recover it all.

I kept Linspire for about 2 months but started having problems with it. I had to reinstall a few times in this period because that crap known as CNR kept breaking (I actually paid for a subscription to this naively)

My younger brother began using Linspire too on his computer he recently got and he found Ubuntu in this time, I also got around to installing mandrake 10, which was very out dated and just didn't have the support because I wasn't aware of the Mandriva name change etc.

I installed Ubuntu 5.10 and changed to GNOME. I've never looked back.

As much as I detested Linspire I'm lucky I used it first because Ubuntu didn't read NTFS out of the box at that stage. We tried a ton of other distributions in those first few months but never switched to any of them.

Woaahh man. Well, lets get started *reads* :popcorn:

Sealbhach
May 12th, 2009, 01:35 AM
Woaahh man. Well, lets get started *reads* :popcorn:

lol! :P

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khelben1979
May 12th, 2009, 01:37 AM
Voted: no.

Linux took a lot of my time in the beginning. Started out Linux on my Amiga and I never felt any fear about it, just excitement. I was curious and impressed at the time. A lot slower than AmigaOS though.

doas777
May 12th, 2009, 01:38 AM
I was a little doubtful, because none of the previous linux distros I had tried (years ago) worked sufficiently with my hardware to boot and provide a desktop. It wasn't ready for me, and I wasn't ready for it. since we've both grown.

I had taken a unix admin course or two, and done some putty stuff on the dev school server, so i wasn't really scared of the CLI as long as the filemanager had Some functionality, but i never expected to become so comfortable with the cli, without any focused study, just from using it for a while. I prefer it now for many tasks.

I was instantly impressed with ubuntu. it mostly just worked (enough so that i can forgive it for Feisty's imperfections), on my laptop (wow, a laptop?!?).

I'll prolly never be able to give up windows entirely (since i work developing apps for it), but for most personal purposes, it is definetly my preference.

have fun

Marlonsm
May 12th, 2009, 01:40 AM
At first I didn't want to partition my HD, thinking it could make me lose my Windows XP install.
But, then, I found out about Wubi. So I Installed it.
I was very impressed with almost everything working OOTB, and for what didn't work, I just need a few mins to get it working.

But, then IDK what happened Ubuntu got corrupted, so I gave up on it for a few days. But that was long enough to make me feel how I missed things like compiz, multiple desktops, no AV... So I reinstalled Wubi. An now, When Jaunty released, I got rid of Wubi and made a real partitioning. No more Windows as primary OS anymore, I just keep it for some ocasional gaming.

dstarzfn72
May 12th, 2009, 01:42 AM
For a long time I was intimidated by it. After working with Red Hat in my gov't job I decided to go ahead and try it on my own. Needless to say I am so impressed by it soon I will be completely away from Windows all together at home. If there is something I need Windows for, like some of my college classes, I will do them at work.

jfloydb
May 12th, 2009, 02:09 AM
No, I was never scared to try Linux. But I was apprehensive about installing Linux. Then I came across the wubi installer and Installed Ubuntu right away. Too bad every Linux distro doesn't have a wubi option, because I would (like to) try them all...

kk0sse54
May 12th, 2009, 02:15 AM
Where You Scared To Try Linux?

Hell yea, except not over the actual OS for that I was just excited to the point of being giddy :). The thing that scared me was the actual install process and partitioning my HD while making sure not to lose any of my data. After purchasing an external HD, a heck of a lot of googling and researching, as well as a VM install in Vmware I finally went ahead and installed Ubuntu.

LightB
May 12th, 2009, 07:10 AM
I was never scared because I used spare hard drives and unplugged everything else. I was cruising, and suceeded on the first try. Started to run into kinks after trying to enable fancy stuff at the time, but what linux user hasn't.

frup
May 12th, 2009, 07:16 AM
Woaahh man. Well, lets get started *reads* :popcorn:

Probably wasn't worth sharing but once I'd typed it all I couldn't be bothered not sending it.

lisati
May 12th, 2009, 07:18 AM
I was a little apprehensive when first using Ubuntu - particularly when installing it for the first time on a machine with a recovery partition. Having said that, it's certainly easier for a newbie to use and set up than the copy of Red Had I looked at on a CD bundled with a library book.

Orlsend
May 12th, 2009, 09:41 AM
I was because the state of my computer, but thanks to Wubi my transition was easy as Goo pie!

skymera
May 12th, 2009, 09:42 AM
Hmm i guess i wasn't scared.

Back in 2007 was when i first tried Ubuntu. 7.04, the Feisty Fawn <3
My undying love for that version.

I saw a video clip of Beryl and Emerald which sent me hunting for an Ubuntu ISO.
I just burned, booted and installed without knowing anything.
Luckily i had a friend who has used Linux for years who helped me.

Now, it's probably my best decision yet :)

Corelogik
May 12th, 2009, 10:14 AM
When I first installed SuSE years ago, circa 2001-ish, I was. After my upcoming switch, Im looking forward to it.

glotz
May 12th, 2009, 10:26 AM
I was slightly worried during the very first partitioning for my extensive, hand picked porn collection. It survived that and subsequent partitionings.

I never doubted my ability to learn how to use GNU/Linux. Now that I've tasted freedom, I'll never give it up.

chriskin
May 12th, 2009, 10:30 AM
why would one be afraid when formatting would get the drive back to how it was before, if needed?

xpod
May 12th, 2009, 10:35 AM
I wouldn`t say i was "scared" but i did use an old 3.2G HD i`d salvaged from an even older machine at the time,just so i wouldn`t have to touch the main 40G drive i`d not long managed to re-install XP on.
Besides,after the few months i`d just had with Windows i was eager to try anything different.It was just fortunate that Ubuntu/Linux was what i stumbled across.

zakany
May 12th, 2009, 02:35 PM
Just a smidge. I was blowing Win2k off an old gaming machine to make an Ubuntu box for my daughter. I'd run Ubuntu in a VPC to try it out, with only modest success, so I had driver and usability concerns.

Once I set aside the time for my Ubuntu project, the process didn't take long at all. Good thing I had an old CRT monitor available, though, because the built-in display controller would happily set a frequency/resolution that my LCD monitor couldn't display, and running an unfamiliar OS blind just doesn't work.

So my apprehension was warranted, unfortunately.

subdivision
May 12th, 2009, 03:00 PM
I'm fearless. I've installed BSD and Linux without any worries.

emeraldgirl08
May 12th, 2009, 03:11 PM
I was a little hesitant in the beginning because I had heard of all the hardware compatibilities and understood that Linux was a work in progress. I also only had one comp to call my own here at home so if it went to pieces I'd be [expletive] out of luck!

I also was getting tired of Windows and was very curious about Ubuntu. I had visited their site on a whim which made me more curious. "What is it with this Linux stuff???" was my thought. I noticed reading a couple of threads that people either were sitting there with chunks of hair in hand or people were happy to share solutions and mentor those needing help. I looked at it like a challenge to myself- it still is!

I winded up ordering the Installation CD for 8.10 and got it three-four weeks later. I was excited!!! I immediately placed it in my trusty old Thinkpad and booted it up. Wow! Needless to say a lot of things worked out of the box for me! I had trouble with the wireless card but a switch over to WEP was a temporary solution (I'm ordering a different wireless card that has WPA compatibility). I am amazed by the work that has been put into creating Ubuntu. I know there are other distros as well but I've got time to cover those in the future. I'm getting comfortable with the interface and learning the language is something I try everyday- especially the terminal commands! I'm happy with it and am reporting that I use this OS 99% of the time. I have dual-boot with XP Pro and can't wait for the next LS of Ubuntu!!!

automaton26
May 12th, 2009, 03:13 PM
I was a bit cautious, but I'd used Unix briefly in the 90's, so I could just about remember some of that. Although it turned out to not be that important really - because the current desktop versions of Ubuntu compete very well with whatever Microsoft is currently trying to charge for.

What helped the most was having a member of the family who was already using Linux, so he was available for support at any time !!

And these forums are a great help, of course. :)

Although I'd probably recommend that anyone new to all this should just experiment on an old spare computer first.

calrogman
May 12th, 2009, 03:25 PM
I was a tiny bit scared, but then I tried Ubuntu.:)

Turtleman
May 12th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Using ubuntu didn't scare me, but it made me damn mad! It took me forever to understand how this system works, and I still got some stuff I haven't had time to configure correctly (my wacom tablet and neverwinter nights). After I learned how to use the thing I quite enjoyed it. I was thinking in buying a mac, but now I'm probably just gonna buy a nice laptop and put ubuntu in it.

XubuRoxMySox
May 12th, 2009, 04:41 PM
About a year ago I heard about Ubuntu - "Linux for Human Beings" that "just works" and I thought, good - maybe I can try it after all.

So I googled around and found these forums and looked at the Absolute Beginners forum. Thread after thread about command lines and wifi problems, and thread after thread detailing script after script, and I got scared off, but I did get a sense that Linux - especially Ubuntu Linux - was making huge strides and had already come a very long way. I decided to stand off for another year and have a look again then.

Boy am I glad I did! There are still lots of threads about command scripts and wifi issues (mostly on previous versions, apparently solved for the most part in 9.04), but I was so very frustrated with Windows I decided to try. Nothing really to lose at the time anyway even if my 'puter went up in flames.

Just getting and checking and downloading and burning my own installation CD felt like a major accomplishment for this point-and-click-and-it-just-works-and-I-don't-care-how newbie who has only known WinXP 'til a little less than two months ago.

It installed effortlessly. I even partitioned my own hard drive (and bragged like crazy about doing "high-tech computer stuff"). LOL, I didn't tell anyone I just pointed-and-clicked my way through 95% of it!

Since then in just a few weeks I've played around on an old spare computer with Slax, Crunchbang, and U-Lite and even created my own customized "Ubuntu Lite" (it's basically Crunchbang with the LXDE desktop environment) for that older machine. Two months ago I never would have imagined being able to do all that. I'm not scared anymore.

On my newer 'puter I want to start exploring the mysterious and beautiful world of KDE (just because it looks so beautiful and mysterious), so I've ordered a Kubuntu CD and can't wait 'til it gets here.

-Robin

Manigoldo
May 12th, 2009, 04:50 PM
I was a little scared when it came to partitioning my disks - I did not want to lose a largely stable windows install to something which may break. But it's all good now and I love the terminal
He he, that partitioning for the first time was kinda like learning how to drive, put it into gear, hold on and pray you don't screw up. From there on it has been pure enjoyment

Sealbhach
May 12th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Since then in just a few weeks I've played around on an old spare computer with Slax, Crunchbang, and U-Lite and even created my own customized "Ubuntu Lite" (it's basically Crunchbang with the LXDE desktop environment) for that older machine. Two months ago I never would have imagined being able to do all that. I'm not scared anymore.

On my newer 'puter I want to start exploring the mysterious and beautiful world of KDE (just because it looks so beautiful and mysterious), so I've ordered a Kubuntu CD and can't wait 'til it gets here.

-Robin

This is a great testimonial. \o/


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richg
May 12th, 2009, 06:41 PM
Not at all. I bought a Linux configured desktop on-line back in ancient times. !2-2003 to be exact.

You would be amazed at how little heartburn I have had the past five years. I did not burn up the bandwidth with unneeded post.

I have only wanted to run Applications, not run Operating Systems.

Rich

SomeGuyDude
May 12th, 2009, 07:29 PM
Of course.

It's the old saying: you pick the devil you know over the devil you don't. Sure, Windows was a PITA at times, but although it was inconvenient fairly often, there were no tasks I couldn't accomplish. It worked, even if it didn't work optimally. Windows was a safety net, I knew for a fact my computer could do everything I wanted it to as long as it was there. Switching to Linux was diving into a pit and hoping there was pillows and candy at the bottom.

It's like moving away from home. Sure, you know it's for the best, but there's comfort to be had in the familiar.

dspari1
May 12th, 2009, 07:51 PM
It was more frustration than fear. Dependency hell back in 1998 on Redhat Linux drove me insane. I did a full installation of SuSE Linux(6 cds I think) to avoid dependency hell, but I hated the bloatware even more.

I just went back to Windows until 2007 when Ubuntu Feisty Fawn came out.

Depressed Man
May 12th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Scared to try? No.

Scared I might wipe out my Windows partition with all my data, music, etc.. if I partitioned incorrectly like my roomie did Freshmen year of College? Yes

nothingspecial
May 12th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Didn`t have a choice. My first computer came with Ubuntu installed. Given to me by my brother-in-law.

Must try windows one day.

WatchingThePain
May 12th, 2009, 08:21 PM
Scared..but not intimidated.
Decided to go in "Gung-Ho" style.
It worked for me.
I only did it to give Windows a poke in the eye.
Looking back it was a bit like the Charles Bronson scenario in "Death Wish".
You can only push a man so far lol.
So I got into Linux when Windows kicked sand in my face.
Revenge is sweet.

pwnst*r
May 12th, 2009, 08:30 PM
the only ones that weren't scared the first time were doing a complete install from scratch and not a dual boot.

xhilyn
May 12th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Yeah I was. Comming from a Mac OS 8 background and like many here the command line was a scary thing, nothing like it in System 7 or OS 8. I'm still not very good with the command line but Ubuntu is easy enough to reinstall if I break it too badly. So using Linux has helped me understand that you can't really 'Break' your computer. So I just love it now because it's so easy to adapt to just how you want it, unlike Mac OS or Windows.:P

Seishuku
May 12th, 2009, 09:19 PM
I wasn't scared, but at first I was convinced that Linux was not for me, that it was only useful for people that were into script and programming. Also, I had the misconception that everything I wanted to install I'd have to do it manually, since one time I accidentally downloaded a program meant for Linux and the instructions were filled with so much code... But, since I'm a big fan of customizing my computer (everything on both my Windows and Ubuntu partitions is pink), I decided to give it a go, since Jaunty had just come out. And since it was a buddy of mine that introduced me to it, I had tech support for all my n00b questions like "How I get conky to work?". :P

These forums have definitely helped too--best support ever.

Screwdriver0815
May 12th, 2009, 09:24 PM
I wasn't scared. In the first times I didn't need to type into the commandline.

Trying Linux was like liberation!! :D

Tipped OuT
May 12th, 2009, 09:54 PM
Haha. Linux makes my laptop feel brand new all over again. :D

"No" and "A Little" are at a tie!

lisati
May 12th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Haha. Linux makes my laptop feel brand new all over again. :D
Refreshing, isn't it?

"No" and "A Little" are at a tie!
Wow!

mamamia88
May 12th, 2009, 10:36 PM
scared of trying something new? no. scared of screwing up partitioning and not having windows to go back to just in case heck yeah

Firestem4
May 12th, 2009, 11:12 PM
I wasn't scared to install Linux on my machines. It was just awkward at first because after using windows (my entire life) for so many years I was very comfortable with the operating system. Linux is not windows; (hooray for the obvious; :) ) And I was unfamiliar, therefore uncomfortable. However not scared.

Brian_the_King
May 12th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Voted no, this sums up exactly how I felt.

I wasn't scared to install Linux on my machines. It was just awkward at first because after using windows (my entire life) for so many years I was very comfortable with the operating system. Linux is not windows...


Also I don't understand why so many are wary of repartitioning.. if you aren't in a terrible rush and you can read, I really see no risk.

Firestem4
May 12th, 2009, 11:23 PM
Voted no, this sums up exactly how I felt.



Also I don't understand why so many are wary of repartitioning.. if you aren't in a terrible rush and you can read, I really see no risk.

The only reason I was worried (this was later on mind you, not the first time i installed linux). I have an HP laptop with 2 internal drives, and i wanted to install linux onto my external USB. I had no idea how to do it (Since I am was not familiar with the Linux naming conventions for HDD's, I was confused) and didn't wanna touch my first 2 hard drives. (Even though Vista deserves to be removed, i have a lot of Windows only programs and data I can't loose).

A day at my local LUG (Linux Users Group) helped me solve that problem.

Old_Grey_Wolf
May 13th, 2009, 12:44 AM
I was thinking about trying a Linux Distro for about 2 weeks before I got the opportunity to try it.

Fortunately for me, Windows XP decided to corrupt itself. Since it was necessary to reinstall Windows XP, I decided to use the opportunity to try a Linux Distro. It wasn't going to make anything worse than it already was.

I tried SUSE, Fedora, Mandrake (that is was it was called then), and Ubuntu. I got Ubuntu to work; therefore, that is what I used.

I am also a backup enthusiast so I really didn't have anything to fear; however, when Windows XP corrupted itself it made it easier to make the jump.

SunnyRabbiera
May 13th, 2009, 01:05 AM
Where You Scared To Try Linux?

Yes, a little.
But it was more of a concern then a all out fear.