The story of my computing life told in terms of Operating Systems (OS)
The genesis: MS-DOS & Windows 3.1
I started using PCs at the age of 14 in secondary school. At that time, you would boot a computer to get a black screen (and that was MS-DOS). I would then navigate to the Windows forder and then type “win” to start the Windows 3.1 operating system. On the 486 model computers that I was using at that time, Windows 3.1 was slow but it did allow us to use Word and Excel.
In August 1995, Windows 95 was released and this was a major breakthrough; I remember seeing people queing up in front of stores in the US to buy that OS. You would no longer boot to a black DOS screen but you had a nice graphical interface welcoming you. None of the other releases of Windows after that had such an impact – Windows 98 (it crashed when Bill Gates demonstrated it) and Windows ME (the Mistake Edition) were just ehhhhhh … well you know.
My Uni Years
The next interesting release of Windows was Windows 2000 which was built on Windows NT. By that time I was at uni and I was starting to touch Linux – Red Hat and I haaaaaattttttttted it. Everything was just so hard; saving on a diskette, finding a file,… and since then I’ve never liked Red Hat. My undergrad years were mainly Windows 2000 which was dual booting with Red Hat (coz I “unfortunately” needed that at Uni).
In 2003, I went for my MSc and I suddenly stated using a lot more of Linux. There, they had “Monkey Linux” certainly a custom-built distribution of Linux and I started enjoying its speed. At home, I had moved to Windows XP and Mandrake which was just so much better than Red-Hat (same inside but the interface is so much better).
The major change of OS would take place after I got a job at the University of Mauritius. I had Windows on my PC but it was sooooo slow. Avinash, a colleague of mine & the founder of the Linux User Group of Mauritius, urged me to move to Linux and he introduced me to Kubuntu (Breezy Badger at that time) and it was kind of … ok. Dapper Drake which was released a few weeks after my initiation to ubuntu proved much more stable and had everything I wanted. I stayed on Dapper for quite a while and it would dual boot with Windows Media Centre on my laptop (which was used only for playing games and doing graphics jobs).
I’ve now moved on to Mac OS X; why? Coz it’s the best looking OS I’ve seen! Of course it rarely crashes and it’s easy to use (it boots in 30 secs and shutdowns in 5 seconds) but Mac are just beautiful and of course you can do whatever you want, same as linux or windows.
In fact, I’ve realized that what I’d want Linux to become. I want Linux to be Mac OS X.
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All above images are from Wikipedia