Hello everyone. My name is David, I'm an International Police Advisor currently working in Afghanistan, but I'm from Texas, USA. I've been over here for about 2 years, and I am scheduled to return home in about 9 days or so, so I'm sure you can imagine how excited I am.
As for Linux distributions, I have always wanted to learn. About 10 years ago or so, I thought about exploring SuSe and installed it on an ancient Thinkpad I had laying around. At the time, users really had to fiddle with wireless networking to get it to work, and it got pretty frustrating for me. I'll be completely honest, I gave up on it. I think it was more a matter of having to go back and forth between multiple computers just to figure out basic functioning and features.
Enter 2013.... Not too long ago, I decided to do some research on Linux again. This time, I think it was my transition from the iPhone to my Android phones, and my subsequent love with the Android OS, that made me want to get away from the mainstream of Windows. Having a somewhat frustrating first experience years ago, I wanted something very easy for new users, and it looked as though Mint was going to be the best distribution for me. The next problem was being able to download the distro in Afghanistan. As you can probably guess, the internet isn't the fastest in the world. Well, 2 days after starting, I can say that I am finally running Mint (even if it is Live on the disc for now.)
The only reason that I'm still running Live is because I felt compelled to log on here immediately and give all of the devs. props on this distro. Linux seems to have come a very long way over the years, and I know it is because of all of you. Thank You. This is what I have been looking for. Knowing that I can take care of my basic needs in computing while still being able to dive a little deeper into the Linux world, I can honestly say that I am hooked 15 minutes after running it.
Once again, thank you all, time to split my HDD into equal partitions so I can still use some of my proprietary Windows software that I need, and can spend most of my time here. Looking forward to learning along with the rest of the new guys and learning FROM you older (more experienced) users.
Until then.......... Stay safe and stay frosty