I started using Linux on the desktop in 1999. I was already learning Linux from a book that I had purchased the year prior but didn’t make the switch until I had enough with Microsoft Windows. I was also frustrated with the antivirus because it complained constantly that the program that I was developing had segfaulted. I formatted everything, installed RedHat 5.2, and have been hooked ever since. I moved on to Mandrake and tested other distros like Corel, Slack, SUSE, Debian, Caldera, and Fedora before eventually settling on Gentoo.
In 2005, I switched to Mac OS X on the PowerBook G4 with 2GB RAM, FW800, DVI, and an amazing keyboard. In those days, Apple was truly ahead of the competition. I eventually upgraded to the Macbook Pro in 2008 and again in 2012, but was never as impressed like I was with the PBG4. I was severely unimpressed with the Macbook Pro released in 2016 so I decided to jump ship and come back to Linux, but this time on Debian testing on a Lenovo ThinkPad P50. My secondary machine is running OpenBSD on a ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It’s great to be back on Open Source desktops, and I look forward to sharing my Linux and *BSD journey with you.