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The Plunge

    Ok, so, I'm incredibly new to blogging.  And by incredibly new, I mean this is my first attempt.  So show mercy and all that fun stuff.  Anyway...
    I'm writing this blog for three reasons.  First and foremost, I want to provide a sort of testimony about my switch (though not complete) from Windows to Linux.  My experience in the shift has been unquestionably amazing.  Much of that is due to the operating system itself: its quality, functionality, ease of use and speed.  Even more of this is due to the community.  
    I should point out here that while I am a techie.  I'm a bad techie.  I love technology, I love computers, I love tinkering and learning and breaking things and fixing them, but I've never taken the time (though this is going to change) to delve deep into any one particular area.  I'm not a coder, I couldn't be a systems admin to save my live and I can't explain to you the underlying infrastructure of the net (well..some of it..maybe).  Because of this, or maybe regardless of this, the first thing I do when I encounter a new bit of technology or software is look for community.  A group of people who share a passion for something that I hope to become passionate about myself.  People who are knowledgable and accepting.  The day I quit live booting and installed Ubuntu onto my box is the same day I found myself in the user group for my states local Ubuntu group, #Ubuntu-us-fl (on freenode!).  I can safely say that were it not for this amazing bunch of folks I wouldn't know half of what I know about the OS.  That's not saying I know much, but what I do know rests on their shoulders.
    On to point number two!  Itnet said it would be a good idea...yahhhhh, perhaps not the best reason, but it deserves to be thrown in ;).  
    And the third reason is to chronicle for myself the events that have recently, and will shortly take place.  Someday, hopefully, it'll be fun to look back and remember how good it feels to be a newbie again.  The sense of excitement you get from finally understanding something you didn't before, and the thrill from discovering something you hadn't noticed.  Also terror...there's definitely some terror...it's usually associated with sudo though, or config files, those things are scary too.  But don't let those things turn you off...you can avoid the scary parts of em if you want to.  I promise.  Look at this face.  Would I lie to you?  
    Any who, at this point you're probably asking yourself.  Hamaliel (or you could call me Aaron if you prefer), why the sudden switch?  Why the desire to move from Windows to Linux?  Well my friends, that question can be answered simply.  I was booting vista, and I'm a nerd.  Also, terminals are sexy.  Chicks dig guys who sudo...
    I've been a adamant supporter of open source software for a long time.  I recommend open office as opposed to word and for the longest time I've wanted to rid myself of the dependency of expensive operating systems and fanciful cd keys that I almost always lose anyway.  My laptop was running slow (booting Vista shoulda told yah that anyway) and I decided to hell with it, I've heard about Linux, so I'll have to hack together an operating system.  How hard can it be to find all the necessary drivers for my stuff?  These were the thoughts running through my head when I popped my usb in and rebooted the box into Ubuntu for the first time.  Imagine my shock when things worked.  And it wasn't just THINGS that worked.  It was EVERYTHING that worked.  Sound, trackpad, keypad, keyboard, monitor, microphone, webcam, wireless.  You name, it worked.  Hell, Ubuntu provided me a beautiful little bit of test software that would PROVE to me that things worked!  Things I didn't even realize my laptop had!  What bliss is this?  I don't even have to do anything and it works?  But Linux was supposed to be scary and daunting and confusing and all that other rubbish that I'd heard throughout the years from people who apparently didn't know what they were talking about (to be fair, a while back it probably WAS daunting and scary...but it's come a damn long way).  It worked!  It all worked right out of the box!  And you know what...it was FAST!  I was in the operating system and piddling around with stuff I didn't fully understand before my Vista OS would have recognized I was trying to boot up.  And this was all from a USB drive.  I was hooked.. Sure didn't hurt that the Linux kernel was taking up 3% of my memory, whereas (and everybody knows this) Windows always takes up 75% of your memory regardless of how much you have.  This is of course hyperbole, but you get my drift...
    So, here I am, with a brand new operating system.  I've configured some of the visual settings to my liking.  Made it look pretty and given it a little flair (which was also incredibly painless and fun, btw).  It's slowly becoming my own.  But I think to myself.  I think; self...something is missing.  This is Linux and it's fun so far.  I'm having a good time.  But I need something more.  I need the terminal!  And that, dear readers..reader...me I guess for now is a story for another day.  And by another day I mean a time when I don't have to sleep because I have to work tomorrow!  So until then, I bid you adieu.  Happy sudoing!