I’ve been a very bad boy! I didn’t spend time reading everyone’s introductions.
Well, if that makes me the only one, so be it. However, I don’t think I am. I DO think I’m the only one to admit it though.
I hail from South Africa. Yep I checked and it looks like I’m the only South African to have introduced myself.
I love Linux! Have always done! Been using various distributions for about ~15+ years now. Finally came across Manjaro last year. Installed it. Removed Windows partition. Didn’t look back. Still love it. Can honestly not say I know, or even just understand, why people stick to Windows any more. I suspect it’s the RC factor.
I use and love Ubuntu (the LTS versions) for anything server related. Came from Ubuntu desktop to Manjaro, and, oh my, what an absolute joy it’s been!
I love the fact that installation (and using it) is so simple. And yet, the whole system is so powerful! I used Gentoo for a while (Oh boy! That kernel compile took its sweet time, too. And it took forever to download on Dial-Up…)
So, I knew the customization power was there, I just didn’t like or want to go through that again. But it was already months and years ahead in package management. I didn’t have the dependency hell that Linux was known for. Which I couldn’t be bothered with.
So I went back to windows (again.) I ended up as a systems administrator, where I inherited absolute chaos. Left in chaos, too. Albeit less chaos than I inherited. Converted all the servers to Ubuntu Server, some from Mandriva, some from Windows Server.) but stayed on my Windows workstation.
After that I worked as a Web Developer but I kept my Windows desktop. My knowledge of Linux made me very popular with our sister company’s administrator.
Lately, life has thrown me all kinds of curve balls and I am unable to work as previously. But, despite now being wheelchair bound, I still advocate for Linux.
Last year, I decided to move to Ubuntu, mostly because, IIRC, Windows licensing fees. About a month later, I came across Manjaro, and started digging more. I liked what I saw, so decided to give it a go!
Man! Am I glad I did! This has been nothing short of an absolutely wonderful, breathtaking, awesome experience!
I’m hoping I can give, at least, something back to the community in general and the developers specifically for the awesomeness that is Manjaro!
So, hi all! It’s me from South Africa!!