hey, i'm xero.
a 30 y/o programmer from pittsburgh pa. i've been using windows since the 3.1 days. i have casually used linux a few times over the years but never what i'd consider "heavy use". lately i have been wearing both the web developer and server admin hats, so i've been forced to learn linux more and more. for years i have been vehemently against apple/macs for personal ux reasons. windoze has been good to me all these years, but i really hate the direction they're going w/ win8. it makes a lot of sense in the tablet world, but for desktop computing it's ridiculous.
the other night i watched revolution os, an amazing documentary on the roots of the free/open-source software movement. i never realized how aligned i was (personally, ethically, socially, etc) with the linux mentality. my thought process has always been: "i don't like to pay for software, so why try and sell my own? i make a living because some business pays me to write custom code for them. the rest of the world can just have it free". i guess i never fully understood the differences between: "free as in speech vs free as in beer"... needless to say richard stallman is my new hero ;D
i'm ready to get serious about linux and (hopefully in a few months) ditch windoze. i did my research on distros/flavors of linux and mint seems to be the winner for me. i have some questions about dual booting win7 and mint on my laptop, but i'll do some more research before asking.
thanx for having me in your community!