I have driven a long way for getting here...
I came to France as a student almost three years ago. I took a notebook knowing it couldn't handle new and shining OS's. W7 ran slowly but well for a while, it was OK.
Then, last year, my notebook began to run really, really slow. Being a student in a foreing country means little money for things like technology. So, I came to Linux for the second time of my life (the first time was centuries ago, with Mandriva, when XP was quite new). After a little survey with my friends, I met Mint. I tried Mate, but it was slow and ugly. Then tried XFCE. I felt in love with the possibilities of XFCE and the stability of Mint.
After three years at the university, I finally got my Licence, so I looked for a Master degree and found something involving language teaching and technology. So, I thought to buy a new computer. Fortunately, I got an "old" gamer's computer for free (NVIDIA video card, 4 cores processor, 4GB RAM) and could install something more exigent. I installed Ubuntu, but didn't love. Fedora, neither. OpenSUSE, negative. I think it was because neither Gnome 3 convince me nor Unity did. KDE is too W for my taste. XFCE is great, but I just wanted to change. Then, I discovered Elementary OS. It's like Mac, but a little different. I decided to keep it for my new desktop computer, even if customization is difficult.
For my little notebook, I thought to keep Mint with XFCE. But then I just got bored with the noise about Clem's distro. The -buntu distros just bored me. So I decided to look for a more advanced light distro with more customization possibilities and, important, Debian based (for recycling my previous learnings). That's when I found #! and felt in love with the flexibilit I was looking for.
A good thing of #! is the self-install of the Apache and MySQL servers. I think I could replace someday eOS with #! on my desktop computer.
I'm David, from Colombia but now I live in France, in a "small" city called Grenoble. I am new to Linux (just being with the penguin for 8 months or so), and just began using #! this week. I am excited about all I can learn thanks to the Community.
I am a (brand new) linguist and came to Linux just because
I am open for discussing and sharing experiences. I am not a programmer but want to learn some things for my personnal and, maybe, professional use.
Hope I can learn a lot with you all.