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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