MintBean wrote:@Arch- you did well to get out. As someone who 'knows a bit' about computers I'm occasionally asked to help friends and family 'de-coke' their Windows machines; something which for some reason they assume I will cherish the opportunity to do. Having been full time on Mint for a couple of years now, I wonder how I ever put up with Windows.
I actually got started many years ago because I needed a package. It was (at that time) $400 for the Windows version; the Linux version required signing up on their website. No brainer, right?
Now, I knew Windows, and knew it well. I also knew the ARPANet fairly well, so WWW was up and coming and was simple.
I downloaded a floppy and after a few failed attempts finally got a good connection and everything downloaded. I bumped my way through "configuration" and got an X display and Gnome. At this time I was familiar with a command line (Windows 3 had just come out...) but what are ALL these commands?!?!?!
I got my video card configured (still a chore in some cases...) and had X running full speed and Gnome with a "KDE Apps" submenu. Every once in a while there was a "confused are you DOING?!?!?" moment. Played along for a while and then Windows NT hit the streets and I got an "advance" copy, so Linux hit the back burner for a while. Still, there was that $400 price tag so I always had Caldera or SuSE installed on a second HDD. (You could get Caldera at Staples for $20 with book). W95 came out, still $400...Windows 98 Came out, still $400...Windows 2000 came out (another advance copy), but now the package was $499...When 2000 started aging I held on as long as I could, but by this time I was also getting SuSE to run pretty smoothly. Then the package stopped working so I went looking for another Distro that it still worked on. I became a distro hopper, never really settling, just trying to keep that package working. I finally settled on Arch for a few reasons; it was a Tweak Freak's dream, it was fun 95% of the time and frustrating 5% of the time, and not only was the package still available but also an older version was in the AUR, and I liked the older version better. But then, that package wasn't as important any more, because Linux had it's own replacement that worked just as well, and Corel offers something similar (and more intuitive) for a $39 license fee that appears to be lifetime.
But, I have always been an OS tweaker, from custom cursor lines in DOS with custom menus systems all written as Batch files to modifying Windows with enough eye candy to make it different to getting under the hood and playing with the command line. Problem is, with Linux, after all these years, I'm lost at the command line. There's SO many commands with SO many switches it's confusing, even to an old-timer. And it's also GREAT!
I finally needed a simple, stable OS for work, so I came back to Mint. To paraphrase a line from my kid's favourite movie from the 90's, "Boring but satisfying".
I still play with Arch, just to keep my frustration level up. Windows...only for those Canons that won't print correctly in Linux.