"And so begins my tale of conversion. It was that
Winter that I found myself using a pay phone outside during an
extremely cold and icy winter to call Microsoft. My Internet and
phone lines were down, and I needed to re-activate Windows XP,
which I just reinstalled. I was freezing cold, angry, and
frustrated. All I wanted to do was use my computer. Was that too
much to ask? After convincing the Microsoft associate that I was
not installing it on more than one machine I wrote down the
activation code with shaky hands and went home and activated my
copy of XP.
"I was also in college at the time, and I believe Redhat 7.1
(somewhere around there at least) was the popular distribution. I
took a class called "Linux Administration" and I fell in love with
Linux. At that time though, I did not feel that it was good enough
to replace Windows XP so I always kept it installed as a dual boot.
There were a great deal of things that I didn't know how to do, and
tweaking and experimenting on my system resulted in RPM "dependency
hell" that was too hard to recover from once I broke
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