Reading this KernelTrap article, I came across an interesting quote from Linus Torvalds:
“Really early on when I was making Linux, one of the things I was really doing was reading Internet news from the university computer. I was dialing up to the university, I usually got a busy signal, so I programed an auto dialer. It would dial and if it got a busy signal, it would wait a minute then redial. I wasn’t using Linux full time yet but was still using it. By mistake, I auto dialed my hard disc and basically I overwrote the operating system with the dial strings. So I had to decide if I would reinstall the OS I was using or start using Linux full time. I said OK, that’s a sign, I’ll start using Linux full time.”
This rekindled memories of what prompted me to use GNU/Linux full-time, back in 1999. My 12GB hard drive decided to cark it, and at short notice I was able to borrow an 850MB unit. Being far too small to comfortably accommodate two operating systems, I was faced with a dilemma: should I stick with what I knew (and hated), or take the plunge and go all the way with the OS that I had only been toying with by that stage? I chose the latter, and have never regretted it.
What are your experiences? Was there a single incident that ‘broke the camel’s back’, or was it more of a gradual process? Let me know in the comments section.