It was my computer guru's idea, when I complained about the inevitable slowdown-to-a-crawl Windows experience and asked him to fix it for the umpeenth time. I also griped randomly about the expensive, resource-hogging bloatware you have to buy and keep updated and stuff - not software for me to use, but for the computer to use. Just seems weird to me.
"Windows doesn't slow down if it's configured properly," he scolded, "and what you call 'bloatware' is necessary to maintain your computer. You maintain your car, your house, why not your computer? Quit your princess," he said.
Yessir, okay... just one question: If Windows doesn't slow down when properly configured, how come Dell didn't "properly configure" it at the factory? And how come the Geek Squad didn't "properly configure" it when they re-installed Windows (the only cure for "Windows rot")? And um, how come you didn't "properly configure" Windows when you reinstalled it - twice?"
Oops. Maybe I shouldn't have said that.
I had a good excuse though... I'm just a non-techy kid, and Mister Computer Wizard has bartered his services in exchange for dance classes for his little kids. So he's "paying his bill" by fixing my 'puter. And I'm unhappy with his services. Isn't the customer always right? Or at least entitled to have his questions answered?
"Fine, you little brat! Why don't you use Linux then? Get outta here and don't come back," he shouted, refusing to fix my computer.
I'd never heard of Linux until he mentioned it. So I Googled, took a "distro-chooser" quiz and gave Ubuntu Linux a try. Whoa. Amazing speed, no slowdowns, no expensive bloatware needed, and um, configured properly right from the start. When I mentioned that I took his advice, he was like, "You'll be begging me to put Windows back in a week," he said. "Better stick with Windows, kid. You're not ready for Linux yet."
Actually, Ubuntu was flawless. I hopped to other distros and had a blast discovering my "inner geek." Mepis (awesome), Mint (awesome), Crunchbang (9.04, awesome), PCLinuxOS (awesome but not on my hardware), Debian (troublesome, buggy on my hardware), several others. Settled on Mint Xfce/Xubuntu after more than a year of exploring Linux.
"Haven't seen you in quite a while, kid," Mister Computer Wizard said when he brought his kids by for their dance lessons. "I was too hard on you, and I'm sorry."
"Not at all, Mister Wizard," I said. "I took your advice and it's great! It's been what, about a year now? Linux is running flawlessly and it doesn't cost a dime. That was great advice, Sir," I said.
"Then stick with Linux, kid. You're not ready for Windows yet," he said.