Hello, my name is Jan and I'm an 18 years old student from (western) Germany (sorry if my english is unusual/bad/strange
). I use Linux for about a year now and that is the time I watch Spat's videos.
I used many different (*buntu-) distros and since 2-3 months manjaro, which is ABSOLUTELY my favorite distro. It's impressive how fast and easy it is.
That's practically it, but I now go further into detail just in case somebody is interested in an user-experience thing from a former windows-user.
As I already mentioned, it's about a year ago, that I first installed Ubuntu next to Windows 7. It just blew my mind, what was possible with Ubuntu, although, I now find it's a quite closed-distro compared to others (What I mean is: Unity isn't very customizable). I used Ubuntu much more than Windows 7 at that time, although I was (and still am) a Gamer. I soon switched to Linux Mint, but made a big mistake while installing: I didn't chose "install alongside Windows 7", but "erase HDD". However, it wasn't that big of a deal for me, as I liked Linux more anyways, most of my games/programs ran in wine (or had a native alternative) and I previously backed up all my important data.
I distro-hopped for a while and 2-3 months ago I discovered Manjaro and it quickly became my favorite distro.
Also today, I think it was a "good accident" when my windows partition got wiped, as it encouraged me learning more about Linux. I didn't regret the decision trying it out and I'm happy to be part of this community now.
What I really like about Linux is that I can tweak ANYTHING until I really like it. Tired of my desktop? Well, I just install another one. Also, it uses much less resources than windows 7 did, so the performance of my machine increased dramatically (well, I use LXDE so this was to be expected). As many Programs and Games are multiplatform now (steadily increasing), I hardly use WINE anymore. I find it quite amazing, that so many Linux-Programs are free of costs and/or open-source. That isn't a thing I know from the Windows world. (I'm not hating against Windows... Linux just suits me more. If it's not for you: Go ahead, use whatever you like)
Another thing I like about it is the way you install programs. When you use Windows, you google what you need, find out the name of a program, then go to a website you trust and download it. Under *butu it wasn't actually that different, as you have to find a PPA for it in most cases. And that's the thing that amazed me the most about ARCH-based distros. You just search in the repos/AUR for a program, all within your terminal and you exactly know: It's only what you want. You won't get a stupid toolbar alongside.
I'm sure there is more that I forgot to mention now, but those are the things that came to my mind now...
With that said:
Hello Linux-World, here I am (: