I used to use windows 8, then 8.1
I actually remember pretty much crying out of frustration when I booted my computer for the first time, I couldn't configure it how I wanted, especially with the whole tiled start menu thing. I just wanted a desktop with icons on it, not a desktop ipad, lol. Then 8.1 came along and it got a little more bearable. I got used to it and I think I've used the OS for 5 years without major issue. Refreshed it once, forgot just how much hacks I had done to configure it, frustrated again that I had to do the whole thing again.
Eventually I got into programming compiled languages rather than scripts and it was just such a pain to get things to compile and link! I remember editing the path variable and somehow ■■■■ still not working, it was so frustrating.
I installed ubuntu one day just to see what this Linux thing was all about. Turns out I hate gnome and the history of the company behind ubuntu so I tried Manjaro. (I wanted to try arch, I heard from it through Luke Smith, but it seemed too complicated)
I found that making software for Linux is way easier. It just works!
One day, when all games are built on Vulkan, and refrain from using direct X input, I will be able to play them on Linux, and that is the day that I will
dd if=/dev/null of=/dev/sda my windows partition. Linux is obviously a superior kernel (no more 100% disk usage by system.exe), and xfce is far superior to windows.
I just love how you can get your hands dirty and mess around with the system and its config. Sure I break things, but if it gets really bad the forums are always there. If it weren't for the community, I would have probably given up already. Instead you guys lend me a helping hand, and hint me to try and explore things for myself.
Over the past few months I've learned more about my computer, hardware, Linux, pretty much everything than I knew before. It's safe to say my knowledge tripled. And I'm not even scratching the surface of what is to know. I've been cured of the GUI-user disease, and prefer CLIs. My "just let them figure it out for me" mindset has been erased.
If it had not been for this distro and community, I wouldn't have learned C, I wouldn't have known all of these low-level details about my computer and how it works, I wouldn't have been able to point at the tv during hacker scenes and yell
You can't just dmesg and pstree your way into a server!
Then again, had it not been for Linux, I wouldn't have to constantly explain that 'No, I'm not "hacking" anything Bertha, I'm just using the terminal to update my system.' or 'I'm just writing this bash script to rename and move some pictures.'
Linux is great, and I honestly can not go back to windows. Just all of the third party exes you need in order to remove preinstalled garbage, really change your system, is mind boggling. I don't understand how I could have ever put up with it for so long.