I have always been a tech enthusiast. I often like checking out the latest technologies. Sometimes I have drank the Kool-Aid and gone too far out on a limb too. I also do not have "Microsoft Derangement Syndrome". Long ago I was dazzled by the eye candy that was Windows. The DOS command line was not real sexy. So I kept playing with the first versions of Windows that were actually a DOS graphical shell. They were visually appealing, but terrible as far as stability went.
Then IBM released OS/2. This software worked like a dream. It was better than Windows 95 and Windows NT as a unified server/client platform. It was the server that my business network. It also ran all the clients.
When Microsoft finally succeeded in killing it, I knew this had been done as a marketing and business decision alone. Ever since then I have been suspicious of them.
Early on I installed Redhat on one of the PC's I had which had been running OS/2. Ever since then I hoped Linux would succeed.
Though I liked XP, I despised Vista. Windows 7 is pretty good. But I am still suspicious of the company that gave us this OS.
The success of Linux has been taking far longer than I would have ever anticipated. I have been saying to friends and family for a long time that Microsoft is in trouble and Linux will supersede Windows in importance. In truth, this has already happened, but to the consumer it is behind the scenes. It runs so many embedded applications that are almost invisible. Android is Linux. Linux powers the Internet and things like Google. The average man on the street does not have any idea about this.
Linux Torvalds recently gave a speech where he said the only place where it does not dominate is the desktop. He said that is because it does not come preloaded. I agree. I put it on my son's computer for practical purposes. But most of the world does not know about this or is too intimidated to try.
I think things are finally about to change though. All the tech news is abuzz with articles about Steam on Linux, the coming failure of Windows 8 and more.
I'm glad my boy has had a chance to get ahead of the curve on this. He now knows it well and likes it. That has got to be a good thing.