Read­ing this Ker­nel­Trap art­icle, I came across an inter­est­ing quote from Linus Torvalds:

Really early on when I was mak­ing Linux, one of the things I was really doing was read­ing Inter­net news from the uni­ver­sity com­puter. I was dial­ing up to the uni­ver­sity, I usu­ally got a busy sig­nal, so I programed an auto dialer. It would dial and if it got a busy sig­nal, it would wait a minute then redi­al. I was­n’t using Linux full time yet but was still using it. By mis­take, I auto dialed my hard disc and basic­ally I over­wrote the oper­at­ing sys­tem with the dial strings. So I had to decide if I would rein­stall the OS I was using or start using Linux full time. I said OK, that’s a sign, I’ll start using Linux full time.”

This rekindled memor­ies of what promp­ted me to use GNU/​Linux full-time, back in 1999. My 12GB hard drive decided to cark it, and at short notice I was able to bor­row an 850MB unit. Being far too small to com­fort­ably accom­mod­ate two oper­at­ing sys­tems, I was faced with a dilemma: should I stick with what I knew (and hated), or take the plunge and go all the way with the OS that I had only been toy­ing with by that stage? I chose the lat­ter, and have nev­er regret­ted it.

What are your exper­i­ences? Was there a single incid­ent that ‘broke the camel’s back’, or was it more of a gradu­al pro­cess? Let me know in the com­ments section.


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