Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ubuntu. GNU/Linux. And my mind.

I believe I understood this word to be an old African word to mean "humanity to others".

About seven years ago I stumbled upon the word "Ubuntu". At the time all I ever did with my days was work in MS Windows and play on my Xbox 360. Really Microsoft oriented. A rough era of my life had begun back then.. it was the first time I lived away from my parent's home. It finally had happened. I would clock that from concept to reality at around 6 or 7 years. From the moment I realized I needed to live away from my parents until it became a fact of my life.

Back in those days all I did was... AOL, and Playstation. With the occasional book of course. So my mind was a puddle of mush almost every single evening. I didn't give myself enough time to really take that in because I was too busy experiencing my life everyday and answering only to myself. So I kinda may have made more mistakes than I should have. Ultimately because it was scary.

But I loved that feeling. Everything was so new to me. Friends I could rely on were in my life. I learned many lessons from ex-girlfriends. I was used and hurt many times. I've hurt people. I made amends. If I missed anything vile from my end... just means I didn't know I did something wrong. I may still not know.

In comes that word. I found out about it because I came across a site, some random place out of thousands upon thousands that I've visited. It mentioned the new release of something called a Linux Distribution. It showcased login screens and menus... My geek-rager was at full THE Force-zen.

Honestly I cracked the most ridiculous smile and made me so happy seeing those screenshots. I thought it was so cool that there was a new distribution of Linux. Last thought I had regarding Linux at that point was when I was taking my Linux class test at DeVry. And I only knew about Red Hat and Gentoo. Tough nuts to crack. But then Ubuntu showed up out of the BLUE... literally... The guy who founded the company that makes Ubuntu made MILLIONS selling his cryptography work to Verisign and using the money to spend a year training to go to Space. He left the planet with money he made from typing at his computer for hours on end. Blew my mind.

I said eff you to Windows XP and installed Ubuntu 8.04 codenamed "Hardy Heron"... fricken codenames! SO COOL! It was honestly a healthy and happy time. And really trippy for me.

I lived in that operating system anytime I was on the Internet at home in Costa Mesa. It made me demolish all I knew about computers just so that I could rebuild my knowledge with only Linux in mind. I had to shift my perspective about technology. In doing so I also think I had continued that shift into my reality. What I mean is I started seen everything around me in a different light... and different angles. All good....some bad.

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