My name is Karen, and I recently bought a used laptop with WinXP installed. In the interests of freedom and flexibility I decided that the time was ripe for me to set up a dual-boot system and learn Linux. I had a friend install Ubuntu, and the installation took forever. Since I was still using Windows for just about everything and I hadn't been working with Ubuntu, I forgot my root password. Rather than trying to install Ubuntu all over again by myself, I decided to research various distros.
I chose to install VectorLinux because I was intrigued by the idea of Slackware, but needed something more friendly to get started with. Also, I wanted speed. And a few applications I really wanted came with the 5.8 SOHO distro. I downloaded it via a BitTorrent client with a dial-up connection, and it only took me five days! (Which was a lot longer than it took Ubuntu to install, but not longer if you include the time it took for them to send me a CD.)
So I can be patient when I know what I want. Now I am trying to get all my hardware working properly (most of it worked fine with the initial installation, which didn't take very long at all). It is a learning experience, which is, of course, a lot of what I am looking for in Linux. It's a little aggravating that a lot of my Windows computing experience doesn't help here. But my end goal is to get so experienced with Linux that I won't feel that I need Window$ at all, and won't miss it when it's gone. (When they discontinue support for XP, there's no way I'm "upgrading" to Vista!)
I've also noticed that Linux users tend to be very friendly and helpful. I like that. I hope that VectorLinux in particular will achieve more popularity and more community support instead of being a distro that hardly anyone has heard of. Once I know my way around, I am sure that I will enjoy being able to help others. 'Till then, I will need some help myself!
Thanks for reading my introduction.
Happy Vectoring to All!