I was first introduced to Linux in 1999... At the time I was very busy and didn't see the use in learning it. At the time all I could see was a complicated command line on an old archaic O.S. with no to almost a graphic user interface when Microsoft had clearly taken the world. I remember I had no manual or internet access to help me to learn the command lines. Without knowing the command lines, my friend and I just set at the computer and typed stuff.... I have no idea how we discovered the LS would list directories and files. I had a blank 386 computer with a 20 meg hard drive. I tried to install linux from a floppy disk! It messed up the MBR so bad that even Fdisk wouldn't reset the partitions correctly. Some how I performed a low level format on the hard drive. I can't remember if that computers Bios had that option in menu or not, or maybe I used a program from a testing program I had obtained. Anyways as I recall, I was told by my teacher that you shouldn't perform a low level format on an IDE hard drive, but I was left with no choice. After the low level format was accomplished I could use Fdisk to partition for DOS. Then I had to do a full hard drive format. Even back then I knew that Linux is based on the Unix system. I was not taught about Unix or Linux. My instructor only taught us Microsoft. Back then I knew DR. Dos and MS. Dos, almost like the back of my hand. But now I know almost nothing about Dos like command prompt that comes with Windows 7. I have looked it over and noticed that the commands have been updated and some changed.
This time when I started on my Linux Journey I started with a clean slate. I decided to read the history on the operating system.
I am also a member of the Linux and Ubuntu Forums.
Right now I am not concerned about installing Linux. I'm more concerned about finding the distribution that will do what I need an operating system to do.
I need to be able to rip CDs to the Mp3 format. I need to be able to edit audio files. I need to be able to convert video file formats. I need to be able to edit Video Files. I need to be able to burn DVDs from those video formats. I need to be able to print with my printer. I will talk more about these things at a later date.