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Ask Ubuntu is 10 years young now! And the community is always growing. It's time to celebrate, isn't it?

We came to Ask Ubuntu to ask questions about Ubuntu because many of us were noobs at using it, or at least I was. But the question which many of us don't ask ourselves is "What's your Ubuntu story?"

Why did you start using Ubuntu? Was it because of your friend recommending it to you or you wanted to be cool by using Linux?

Since when are you using Ubuntu? Is it a month, a year, a decade or more?

In case if you are a long-time user, why didn't you switch to other distros when you had the choice?


I'm not gonna make it sound like boring questionnaire. Tell us anything about your Ubuntu story! We're thrilled to know about your story!

And once again, happy decade anniversary to Ask Ubuntu!

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  • Unfortunately, that question was closed and it only has 3 answers. I hope this post will not be closed and will get more attention from the community. You can re-post your answer here and may be even add more details if possible! – technastic_tc Oct 10 at 10:46
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    I don't think this one will close, I think the 10th anniversary thing should make it OK. I wonder if, rather than people copying answers from that post to this one and having duplicate answers, perhaps a mod could merge them? – Mark Kirby Oct 10 at 18:36

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I used to live with someone who collected old PCs that were getting discarded by his college. He had practically a wall of them in his room and was always trying to get some form of Linux to run. Occasionally he would ask me to help him build or rebuild a machine. He spent most of his free time on this, and nothing ever worked properly.

It was around 2007 I guess I heard of Ubuntu from him. Ubuntu was just another Linux, but I looked up the meaning and I read that ubuntu means something like I am because we are, that is, it is a statement of interdependence. At that time I also read some writings of Richard Stallman and I was convinced of the ethical case for free software, but I was studying other things at the time and I needed my computer (pieced together from parts my dad and brother had replaced in their own) to Just Work.

I went to sea in 2009 and I experienced terrible loneliness. My younger brother sent me a tiny Asus EEE PC as a gift. I think it took him years to pay for it. Yes, I am the luckiest person ever. It ran Windows XP, from then until it suddenly died one morning in the summer of 2015. By this time I was 100% determined to run Linux, regardless of how difficult it might be. I was still carrying the word ubuntu around like a piece of gold in my pocket and it meant more and more to me over time, as did the idea of free software.

On someone's recommendation I bought the infamous Asus X205TA. Little did I know that at the time on Linux there was no wireless support and no audio support, and no 32-bit UEFI support. It took me 10 days (as a total novice) to install Ubuntu, and I had to compile GRUB to get it to work. One could get wireless working by upgrading the kernel, borrowing a driver from Android and fiddling with an nvram file. Audio? Well, I was living in a shared flat, so I would have had to keep the sound down anyway. At least, I was happy. My system booted in 8 seconds and only did things I asked it to.

For the next few months, I didn't learn anything more, but then a kernel upgrade broke my touchpad. I had to boot the old kernel to be able to use it, but I couldn't get the GRUB menu to come up. I became quite good at keyboard-only browsing... Finally I discovered that one could force the GRUB menu to come up by commenting out a line in /etc/default/grub. It was that small piece of magic that got me hooked on learning Linux. That's how I got here.

The strongest reason I continue to mainly use Ubuntu and not other Linux distributions is to help me be useful to Ask Ubuntu, because my work here is my very small contribution to Linux.

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    Please do add the links to the laptops mentioned. If you can add any photos, that too would be great! – technastic_tc Oct 10 at 12:30
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    What do you mean by "I went to sea"? – technastic_tc Oct 10 at 12:36
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    @technastic_tc I don't really want to add links to this, but there's a very long thread about the X205TA on Ubuntu Forums if people are interested. "I went to sea" = I started working on a ship – Zanna Oct 10 at 12:51
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I had a subject called Operating Systems during my graduation. All the assigments were to be done on Linux environment, preferably, Ubuntu. So, my professor indirectly introduced me to Ubuntu in 2017.

I started using Ubuntu, apart from doing assignments, primarily because whenever I had some urgent work, my main operating system (at that time) started to update. Initially I used Ubuntu as the second option in case the earlier said operating system starts updating again when having urgent work. But slowly it became my primary.

A year ago I thought of migrating to Fedora and installed that in a virtual machine but I was very much habitual of APT. So I stayed with Ubuntu.

That's all Folks! 😁

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    My main OS started to update.. LOL! Is it Windows? – technastic_tc Oct 10 at 10:51
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    @technastic_tc Do we have any other choice? :P – Kulfy Oct 10 at 10:52
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I have been tinkering around with different Linux and BSD distros (and NAS variants) together with a friend for about 10 years now.

Recently we both needed to upgrade our home servers, and talked about settling on a single distribution that would be best suitable for our needs. After some research, we decided to give Ubuntu a try over Debian, mainly because of the great support options, the easy guides on the webpage, and the broad support for different hardware (and also for ZFS support).

So in spring 2020 we both installed Ubuntu 20.04 on our main servers, and we have been learning and developing different scripts and utilities since then. This is still very much a learning experience for both of us, but I thinks it's safe to say that neither of us regret for one second choosing Ubuntu as our preferred server distribution.

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    I'm glad that this is your first post on Ask Ubuntu Meta! – technastic_tc Oct 13 at 11:00
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I was looking for an OS that would work on a NEC Z1 all-in-one system that wasn't Windows. Ubuntu 8.04 fit the bill perfectly and I never looked back. =)

This is the old NEC Z1 that kicked off my love of Ubuntu. It is in need of some loving care and it does boot, but it is having issues right now with its 10.04 installation. It really has been a good system. It is a P3 450MHz with 192MB RAM, it may not run anything newer.

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My ubuntu story is short. My main OS is Debian. And I found it is a good idea to look over the children and grandchildren from debian. I often found solution for my debian problems here and in a german community, so I thought it is pay day. To give something back.

As I told short story.

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  • What do you mean by "children and grandchildren from debian"? – technastic_tc Oct 10 at 15:13
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    @technastic_tc I guess distros based on Debian and distros based on those distros. For example, Ubuntu and Kali are children of Debian while elementaryOS and Linux Mint are children of Ubuntu, hence, grandchildren of Debian. :)\ – Kulfy Oct 10 at 16:23
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    exactly. what I mean. – nobody Oct 10 at 17:16
  • What do you mean by "paytime"? – technastic_tc Oct 10 at 17:47
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    @technastic_tc At least to me, it seems "paytime" is a mistake and that line should read "so I thought it is time to give something back" but I don't want to edit it, just in case I am wrong and change the posts meaning. – Mark Kirby Oct 10 at 18:47
  • collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/pay-day Did you mean this? I cannot understand the meaning of this word in the context. – technastic_tc Oct 11 at 8:54
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I always used to be an open-source fan! The first open-source program I fully embraced was Firefox 1.0.0.0. I was at university during that time.

I was a Windows user, even though I already knew about Linux. Mostly because of gaming. I started a job at a small company where my work involved the development of websites using ASP.NET with C#.

Around 2-3 years, I started "lobbying" my CTO to switch from .NET. We then received a project that involved an e-commerce website. We ended up developing it using Magento (which is built using PHP). It worked. It was great. My lobbying pressed on.

I was no longer a junior developer at that time, and I started receiving more and more e-commerce projects. We started becoming better and better at Magento. I saw myself working less and less on .NET projects.

This was around 2010. I installed Ubuntu alongside Windows on my company computer. It was 10.10.

Took about a day for me to set it up the way I wanted it. It was my first non-Windows OS I ever used. I found out about Ask Ubuntu and started lurking here since then.

A couple of months in, I noticed that since I installed Ubuntu, I never once booted Windows. I fell in love with the command line.

Around December, I formatted the machine. I installed Ubuntu 10.10 without Windows this time. I have never used Windows ever since. The last version I used was Windows XP.

Meanwhile, I found that Ubuntu releases are quite frequent as they make a new release every 6 months. I love new stuff even if it might break.

Then came the 11.04 upgrade. I found out about do-release-upgrade. I run the command in the terminal as that is cooler than a GUI. It starts downloading stuff. There was about 1GB of download that needed about 2-3 hours to download at my connection speed.

I realised that I can still use the OS while it's downloading.
Sometime later, after I forgot about the download/upgrade that was going on in the background, I started seeing stuff.

  • What is that icon that just popped up in my taskbar?!
  • Oh, the upgrade!
  • Hold up! Did the upgrade really just install and run the new cool stuff while I'm still using the OS?!
  • THIS IS SO COOL!
  • NO RESTART THAT NEEDS HOURS REQUIRED?!

Nothing broke after the upgrade. It went smoothly.

Then 2012 came. I found out there are LTS versions that are released every 2 years. I started getting worried. Am I gonna get stuck with the same version for 2 years? I don't want that! I want cool icons popping up in my taskbar!

And that was my first question on Ask Ubuntu.

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  • "my first non-Windows OS I ever use" Did you mean used? Also, I didn't understand these sentences: "Of the upgrade."and "NO RESTART THAT NEEDS HOURS REQUIRED" – technastic_tc Oct 13 at 14:48
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    It was a typo. I fixed that, thanks! as for "NO RESTART THAT NEEDS HOURS REQUIRED" I'm refering to Windows' behavior, which requires a long time to install upgrades during restart. Rendering it unusable for a long time. And sort of trains your mind to never install updates. – Dan Oct 13 at 14:57
  • You're welcome. "And sort of trains your mind to never install updates." LOL! – technastic_tc Oct 13 at 15:03
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My first experience with Linux was during my graduation in Electronic Engineering: I had to learn how to design field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) using some tools that were able to run only on Red Hat Linux (I don't remember exactly which version, but this happened more or less in 2007).

My curiosity about Linux increased after that experience, but what I did was simply to install Ubuntu on a virtual machine with the purpose of using it to learn new things, but I understood that installing an alternative OS in a VM is the better way to NOT use it :-D

In 2014, I eventually had a notebook that became my "real" personal computer (till that day I used my company laptop also for personal purposes ^_^' ) and decided to dual boot my Windows 8.1 installation with Ubuntu 14.10. Maybe it was a sign of the fate (I was born on October 14th) but the dual boot worked at the first try, with Ubuntu default OS. I started to use it more and more, and in 2017 I decided to compeltely wipe the Windows installation and have only Ubuntu on my machine.

My first love was Unity, then I switched to Ubuntu Budgie when Unity was replaced by a (not-yet mature) GNOME reinterpretation of Unity look&feel, then I come back to Ubuntu with 20.04. Meanwhile, due to the fact that my professional skills are more towards the SW than the HW, I'm having a lot of fun on scripting the most common things that I do (video conversions, "spring-cleaning" of my system, automate Ubuntu software installation and configuration after a clean installation, backup my data).

I still use Windows at work, but I think I'll never come back to it at home... next step is to convince my step-daughters to give a try to Ubuntu :-)

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  • I'm glad that this is your first post on Ask Ubuntu Meta 😀 – technastic_tc Oct 11 at 17:24
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I was a long-time Windows user since 3.1. But when my new computer came with Windows 8, it was insufferable. My workplace at the time used a mixed Linux / Windows environment, so I had some exposure to Linux. I talked to some veteran Linux users and got their recommendation - Ubuntu.

I started out testing Ubuntu 12.04 in a virtual machine, then went to dual booting, then finally full time Ubuntu.

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Just want to say THANK YOU to this amazing community! I have only been here for approx. 15 days or so; and I have been able (even though my kinda, not-so-good English ) and I have somehow managed to be at least a bit of help; (hopefully)

Thanks!

Regards,

William Martens.

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Time Line

  • 1996 PC (Windows95, just public access)
  • 1998 TI Calc (Got interested in its Basic)
  • 2003 VAX at university, PC (Windows XP, with full access)
  • 2006 Debian at university
  • 2007 Ubuntu till now. Still trying some other distributions from time to time.

At work, company endorsed some systems:

  • 2008-2012 OpenBSD server (Replaced later with FreeBSD, ~2014)
  • 2012-2013 Debian KDE Desktop (Kind of legacy from an acquired product line, Migrated to Windows ~2015)

Long Story

I heard about PC's but couldn't have access to one till 1996, when cybercafes appear to the public which were using only 56Kbps phone modem.

I'm still remembering the fun when we had lost connection, and everyone lift their heads up and looked at the admin waiting for the reconnecting tone like this one. If it failed we looked at each other, who has patient to wait next trial! Few people left .. for the best to get better bandwidth share.

I was 9 and my country was in a civil war, empty pocket and 1 hour was very expensive. I didn't care much about system, all i do is 15-30min per week downloading electronics related stuff for hobby circuits.

My head was still in a box regarding OS's, only when I joined university on 2nd year, 2003. For Pascal lab sessions, I faced that octopus machine called VAX with that 80x25 orange text terminal, wow... so there existed some other systems other than Windows. Then I met a teacher who was a Free Software enthusiastic, teaching C++ and Data Structures for 4th year class, 2006. He setup all lab machines himself, Dual boot with Debian, one machine was including a local repository. I was impressed, Debian was around 9 or 10 CD's. He was also able to convince manager of central library to install Debian on ~40 PC's, they were facing Windows viruses and couldn't afford anti-virus license.

My teacher advised me to use Ubuntu because it was easier to install, configure and get basic things working on vanilla install with 1st boot. Or try Live CD to check hardware compatibility, because it was really a down point for GNU and Linux at that period.

2003, my sister got a PC home as prize for high school achievement. From that time, I was reinstalling Windows XP every 2~6 months, due to Viruses and Abnormalities, Lost of control. I received Ubuntu 7.04 CD in 2007 and started making dual boot on every machine I had some control on it, single boot on my own.

2008, Back to dual boot due to limited software support related to work and weak support of 3D graphic adapters.

I kept installing Ubuntu even on the company machine till VirtualBox and CPU's got enough power around 2014.

What interest me much

FLOSS philosophy because it does agree with my religious POV (knowledge should be free & gratis for everyone with a good will) as I was also interested in OpenHW, Tools on the click from repository, Quick development environment setup, Scripting routine tasks, Quick Server Setup, KDE also was away far beautiful than Windows XP, Live CD and PXE Boot were too powerful, It was and still is an environment that force you to learn new things.

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Adding my 2nd answer here; Because the community really deserves (every single one of you) the thank you - post I did above;

My first experience with Linux, was...

A terminal.

No but - enough with the jokes; It was Ubuntu, my friend introduced me to it as I begun more and more show interest in programming and , especially computer security. And as I grew older I installed Kali Linux, although.. I went back pretty quickly from Kali to Ubuntu.. Because... Ubuntu is better. Always been. Always will be.

Thanks for me!

//Will.

Wish you a continuing, nice, day-No;

A continuing nice year.

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Many years ago I rented a Dedicated Server that had Windows installed when someone mentioned that Linux was a better solution for what I was using the server for and negates the cost of a Windows Server Licence.

Out of curiocity, having never used Linux, I installed CentOS on the server and was impressed. Then I installed Ubuntu Hardy Heron with its Desktop GUI accessible from home via the NoMachineNX remote Desktop App and became very impressed. So impressed, I installed Hardy Heron as dual-boot O/S alongside Windows on my own home computer and have been a Ubuntu user ever since.

The upshot of this move was that it brought me back to coding, which I was heavily into from my Commodore 64/Amiga days up until the DOS4GW days on PC.

I found that coding on Linux was so easy because Linux was mostly coded in the C language which had a very similar syntax learned way back in my Commodore 64 days using a coding package called White-Lightening and on the Amiga using a scripting language called AREXX.

Comparing the old Ubuntu Hardy Heron vs the current Focal Fossa is like comparing night with day - Keep up the good work Ubuntu. :)

Edit

I apologise for the spelling mistakes, however I was a little drunk when
adding this post and am not new to contributing. My recent contribution
was Opening Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop on WSL2.

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Background

I've ran and developed software for Windows since circa 1992 & Win 3.1 (yes, before Win 3.11 which included Windows For Workgroups networking).

I absolutely loved it when Win95 was released and we got true pre-emptive multitasking. It was world-changing!

I enjoyed various versions of Windows (2000,XP,7) and was able to skip a lot of the worst distros (9, ME, Vista) just by being slow to take up new versions.

Since 2010 every year or so I'd check out the latest Linux distros and I really liked them for their power, but I was always stuck on the packaging systems. Even being someone familiar with technology there was just a lot to do to get stuff installed. Ubuntu was always at the top of the list to check out.

How I Finally Converted to Linux via Ubuntu

Finally,in 2018 I bought PC parts to build my own computer:

  • Gigabyte mainboard
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600x (6-core x 2 = 12)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660
  • 16 GB RAM

Anyways, I installed Win10 on it and it would crash after running for about 5 minutes. BSOD!! Terrible.

I was really irritated. I installed Ubuntu on it (dual boot) and started running Ubuntu 18.04.

Ubuntu didn't crash for 3 days. I even left it running a solid 48 hours at one point.

Well, it was indeed bad hardware and since Ubuntu crashed too I was able to take all the hardware back and replace it. I haven't had a problems since.

Complete Ubuntu Take-over

However, I started using Ubuntu 18.04 and everything was faster. I do Android development and Android Studio and Android emulator are just smoking fast. The low memory usage by the OS itself is so amazing. Visual Stuio Code (VSC) released and runs natively on Linux (I'm also a C# dev) and I discovered that I could do 80% of the work I wanted to do using VSC.

The more I used Ubuntu the less I wanted to use Win10. Finally, I have recently converted to Ubuntu 20.04 and run it 100% of the time now.

I recently deleted my windows 10 partition and now run it as a VM (Oracle VirtualBox) inside of my Ubuntu 20.04 installation. :)

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