And installed Linux Mint.
I abandoned an entire Windows 7 box a few months ago because of poor performance, going back to an older XP machine. It got a virus that setup shop in hardware drivers and Recycle Bin despite me having AV and malware removal apps. I was looking for a Live CD that would help me rescue Windows. Instead, I've decided to stick with an OS that will likely never need rescue.
I got my first computer in 94. It was a 25 MHz 486 with 8 MB RAM, an 80 MB HD, DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1. I spent quite a bit of time mastering DOS and batch files only to have those skills antiquated come Windows 2000.
I've dabbled with Linux since 99 or so, starting with SUSE and Mandrake. In more recent years, I've enjoyed PCLinuxOS and tried a dozen or so Live CD distros. I've gotten older and my desktop has gone from being a gaming rig to something I use to read forums and view TV shows.
For years I have missed the speed of making things happen with the command line. Paradoxically, I found having to do so much command line work in Linux to be a step backward. I've since audited my opinion and am quite happy that I can once again baffle viewers by using keystrokes instead of mouse clicks.
Despite it's #1 position on Distrowatch, I tried Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Fedora before Mint. Unity and KDE4 are more than I want to burden my system with. Mint seems to be the perfect distro for me right now.
I've found Transmission and Avidemux let me do what I need to with video and Firefox seems to function similarly on most any platform, so I feel like the transition should be fairly easy. There are still a few things I don't understand but I'm excited about learning something new and at this point the documentation and forums seem more useful than ever. Glad to be here!
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