Open Source

Why did you make the switch to Linux?

Do you remember what made you take the first leap into Linux? Take the poll and let us know what nudged (or shoved) you toward your first experience with open source living.

Lifehacker.com recently asked its readers why they chose Linux, and published some of the reasons and comments made by users. Of course, I thought this was a pretty good idea, and decided to steal it (with due credit!). I've included the poll below, but feel free to expand upon your answers in the comments.

I'll start by saying that I've been exploring Linux (can't say I've really "switched" since I use both my Windows OS and Mac on a daily basis) mostly just to have one more alternative. I'm not the geekiest person in the word, but I do like to feel like I've got a handle on what's out there and learn a little more about the tools I use. And since my husband keeps up with all the newest tech stuff, I don't want to meet his conversation with blank stares.

Take a moment to reflect on why you chose/tried Linux in the first place. Can you remember back that far? I know some of you have been bashing and forking since the cradle! It might also be fun to recount your "last straw" moment before you downloaded that first distribution.

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Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and...

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