Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
For most of us in Africa, a feeling of owning a computer was always a fantasy. It seemed so far, and our wishes seemed impossible because Santa was a myth we only see in movies. The quick advancements in computing resulted in cheaper prices of computers, I got my first during my second year at the National University.
The feeling was captivating, I learned a few things and ultimately got to the point where I could install Window XP, but what about Linux? I did not hear of Linux until a year and half later and the worst part, I was misinformed about it. They said, "It is expensive and you cant get applications for Linux very easily", then about five years ago when I gave one of the Fedoras a try, it was weird but something I saw was worth exploring. Then I learned about Ubuntu and that is when the real exploration started.
I installed it without any audio or video, but I held on. I later got Real Player to work which allowed me to play some mp3s. That was one of my best days ever, doing something on my own without other people's intervention. From that day till now I have been distro hopping from one Ubuntu derivative to another and back. I can't believe I learned so much in so little time with such little resources.