So, today i made a brief talk on the topic "Free & Open Source Software" during the Communication Lab hour in my class. Following is a gentle recap into my past and how i entered this open source world.
Like everyone of my age, my computing experience started with Windows 98. When I used MS Word for the first time, I was surprised it caught the spelling errors and also suggested the correct spellings. Wow, Computers have started to become intelligent.
I felt myself in alien land when I first controlled my Windows XP desktop. Little did I know it would became the most popular pirated Operating System. A few of years passed by..
I was already in college. Vista was released and soon almost all my friends had a Vista CD. I didn't show any interest in using it because I felt guilty. My cousin asked me,"Do you use Fedora at college?". "What is Fedora?", I asked. After that productive conversation, i was determined to try it out. But all i could find were three cds Ubuntu8.10,Kubuntu8.10,Edubuntu8.10.
Initially when I stepped into the Ubuntu's GNOME desktop, right-clicked the mouse, WHAT? No 'Refresh' option? I was disappointed. But now i can laugh, or even criticize Windows for that 'Refresh' syndrome it inflicted on me(and many like me). Ever since i borrowed those Ubuntu CDs from my friend, I'm learning something new everyday, and it has transformed my thinking about an OS.
Using a Linux Operating System has enabled me to advocate against piracy. I transformed a lot. I mean, Ubuntu transformed me. In my view, where there is proprietary software, there will always be piracy.
Why did I give such a meaningless title!? That's one of my bad habits to use dialogues from books(In this case, Harry Potter),Movies..