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I bought my first PC from Radio Shack in 1984. Damn, I'm old.
My first website went on-line in Oct. '92 on what was then, the WorldWideWeb (pre-internet)
So, I had been a Windows user for many a year. But with Linux for the past few years ... about 5 years.
Started with Fedora > Sabayon > Ubuntu > Mint > Debian >LMDE
I am a Registered Architect, in the US, that uses GNU/Linux and Open Source exclusively.