So besides stealing a title, this story’s about how I learned Linux. (Sorry no Pictures, no time, no need)
When I was still in school, TechSkills of Sacramento that is, I bought an old laptop for schoolwork. Pentium 4 512RAM 64MB Video card, not bad. But it was mostly for testing what I was going to be learning, like Virtuals, Servers, hacking…. So in order to play around with it a little more, and get some more speed aout of that thing, I decided to try Linux. I asked a student who knew plenty of Linux stuff and he recommended Ubuntu. For a while I worked on it and got to learn about NVIDIA driver pains and wi-fi hardware, but all was good. I kept using it at school and went on to install Ubuntu on my main home machine. Eventually I learned how to do everything on Linux OS’s. I had a partial likeness to Debian distros so I stuck with that. The only thing I could not do on Ubuntu/Debian really well was a wide choice of gaming. Even then, it’s a good trade off since I had to grow up and get serious. Plus with enough effort I could get any game I really cared about to run on Ubuntu pretty well.
So here’s the funny thing, since I got used to using Linux everywhere, why not use it on the school computers? Not only did they run better and smoother, eg, no Internet Explorer Issues, but I had full access to the computer and it’s hardware. Without even touching the hard drive of their precious computers. As time went on people noticed I used Linux Distros for everything, data recovery, hard drive testing, password and virus removals, even school work and video games. People started to develop an interest since they noticed I used an older laptop, yet I was able to fully use it for many things. Some asked to learn Linux, others wanted me to teach them one or two things they wanted to know, eg how to use backtrack or Ubuntu configurations. But as I got to the last week of my schooling, I noticed something amazing.
On Fridays Techskills has a free PC Repair Clinic, they have Rookies fixing people’s computers for free. They are overseen by people with experience, like me :) It’s for everyone’s benefit, they learn how to fix computer, they get trained to deal with customers and the customer get’s their computer fixed for free. But as I noticed on my last day, everyone was using Linux. One way or another, they were using Linux to fix all the Windows computers that came in. Back then they mostly used Hirens, which does have Linux in there, along with other stuff. But I saw trainees using Ubuntu to recover data, people installing Linux Mint on machines that had no XP license, testing RAM, CPU and Hard drives. It was cool and funny in a way. But whatever works best.
I got blamed for that Linux Popularity. I disagree, it’s just that Linux was made by hackers for hackers, everyone in that tech school was a nerd one way or another and it was bound to happen. I just happened to be in the group that first joined. I don’t know how it is now, but as I left, I was known as a respected Linux-guru, even though I told them I wasn’t. I just know how to use Linux.
Now I can proudly say I know Debian/Ubuntu as well as I know Windows XP/Vista/7 (I’m Vista Certified, don’t ask why.)
I have a Linux Station at work of my very own, I didn’t have to put Linux, but I chose to. It’s running Linux Mint Debian XFCE, the only thing I needed to install was a RPD remote desktop Management (I like Remmina). Not only was it quick to install, but no video drivers and super low overhead. Just what I needed.
Count one more happy computer user.