I've been wondering about something I would like to discuss a bit, with Linux/Ubuntu users. First things first, this is nothing near from a Windows hate thread. I'm just willing to share my thoughts about Windows, and I'll be interested to know if there are others users that are in the same boat than me.
I've used Windows all my life; starting with Windows 95. Being perfectly honnest, that was a huge mistake - perhaps the biggest mistake I did (or my parents did) of all my life. Not because it's Windows - because I was basically put in front of a computer (Windows 95) at 5 years old. Biggest mistake ever.
I then used Windows 98, then jumped to Windows XP. I still have 3 computers running on XP - sure, I could upgrade to Windows 7, but perhaps it'll be better to wait and get a newer PC instead. I now have my very first laptop, running on Windows 7. It wasn't long until I install Ubuntu on it, and use it way more than Windows.
Now, why was it a mistake to show me Windows 95 at five years old?
I'm now 18, and I seriously realise it now, I really admit, I'm basically.. a PC addict. ;( Sad, but true. Since 5 years old, I don't have much more things to do rather than being on a PC.. Gaming, not so much. But wasting time on the internet, basically, that's it (*Cought* Forums as well *Cought). Recently, I left a lot of forums, simply because they were no more useful to me (Unless THIS forum!), and I was just wasting time.
I discovered Ubuntu along with Linux in october. Right now, I pretty much managed to switch to Linux. I'm not really a gamer - as for PhotoShop, I can still run it in a Windows XP VM, rather than dual-boot. I figured out that I now "ditch" Windows for this personnal reason. Not only because I find Ubuntu so much better (It's free, and I'm not "locked" !), but also because I've got something against Microsoft now.
Sure, some people will find this part ridiculous: imagine if Windows 95 never existed, or was a complete failure. Sometimes, I wonder if this would have changed my behaviour of using computer. If Windows 95 (Which was extraordinary, back then) would have failed, perhaps I would have tried a computer later? Maybe I would have been less addicted that I am right now? Who knows.
Of course, using Linux is still on a computer, no matter what. But that just feel a bit different. I've developped something against Microsoft that.. well, completely messed up a part of my life, honnestly. Linux did nothing. That's also the reason why I want to test Mac OS X, just test.
Maybe some people here find it ridiculous, but it's definitely true.
Are they others computers addict there? That switched to Linux simply because they were tired of using Windows?
Let me know if you're in a similar situation than me, I'm interested.