How I Came to Fall in Love with Linux

My love affair with Linux started back in the Summer of 2012. We went for long walks, stared lovingly into each others eyes, but alas the love was not meant to be. You see, while Windows Vista was an abusive OS, it was my gateway to my at the time addiction, MapleStory(see me playing here). In fact, if it wasn't for the Raspberry Pi, I might not have ever come back.

2012 was a year wrought with suffering. I had recently experienced the passing of two of my older brothers. I had been living in the Midwest at the time, but moved to California to be with family and help deal with my emotions. Not a year I expected to find my Lord and Savior Linus Torval....I mean Linux!

During my time in Cali, I forged new friendships, had great new experiences, and got introduced to an operating system that would one day inspire this blog.

At that time, I had a Windows Vista laptop that was...well, running Windows Vista. So basically, it was crap. It had overheating issues and blue screens galore. Destroying my online life in the process. After venting my frustrations to a friend, he suggested I try something called Ubuntu. So, I did.

The Ubuntu Era

I was a young girl when we met, but there was just something about their code that drew me in. The love affair lasted a mere two weeks, but it was enough to leave a lasting impression on me. Ubuntu had it's way with my hardware, and my heart. However strong the love was, old habits die hard. I went back to my abuser, it was a hard goodbye. I was too addicted to MapleStory to make a lasting commitment.

Still I knew, Ubuntu was in every way better than Windows Vista. It looked better, ran smoother, and was a lot of fun to come to grips with. It just couldn't play the games that I wanted it to(still an issue to this day).

After the break up, I was done with Linux. I wasn't sure I ever return. However, a credit card sized computer would change all of that.

Linux II: The Return

Fast forward to 2015 and the world has been introduced to the Raspberry Pi 2(I was a little late to the bandwagon). My brain could not comprehend the idea that this little machine could be a desktop PC replacement. Realistically, the Pi 2 could only do very light computing, but it was a proof of concept I needed to get my hands on. Plus it ran Linux, an old flame that I was more than happy to rekindle.

Running a Debian based operating system named Raspbian(now boringly called Raspberry Pi OS). I was welcomed me back into the world of open source, with arms wide open.

The issue that I noticed right away though was, the Pi sucked. It was way to slow to be anything more than some fun. It did however, get me hooked back on Linux. Having recently built a gaming PC, I knew what I had to do.

After watching several videos on YouTube explaining all the benefits to running Linux over Windows, I was ready to come back to Linux. After all, I was no longer addicted to MapleStory, there were no excuses now. I was ready to settle down with Linux and live happily ever after. And really, that's what happened.

I've spent a number of years distro-hopping, trying out new programs and loving every second of it. I've seen dream projects like the Librem 5 and the Pinephone come to fruition. Of course, nothing is without fault. Linux hasn't always been sunshine and rainbows, but you have to take the good with the bad. All relationships take work. Even with all the negative aspects of Linux, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

That's been my story though, I know I didn't go into too much detail, but maybe you can.

We would love to hear about your journey with Linux. Please tell us your story on our Mastadon page. Can't wait to read what you have to say.

Till next time.