So, I saw this thread the other day, and in it I decided to share a bit about how I was introduced to Linux:
I was introduced to Linux a while back by my uncle, who does a lot with Linux. He started me out using systemrescuecd on an old computer, so that I could get used to the command line (If only he'd told me about the startx command then...), and not have to worry too much about messing anything up. Since then, I've gotten a bit older, and now have a much better understanding of the Linux OS. Linux has always been amazing to me
To add to that, I originally found the CLI quite difficult, and didn't quite understand how and why someone would want to spend time typing commands into a computer when they could just be using Windows, which I was much more familiar with, and never have to worry about writing a single command.
As I used Linux more though, I started to get used to the CLI. Once I was comfortable with it, I decided to install Ubuntu on my computer. For a while, I was fine with Ubuntu; it wasn't too difficult, I didn't have to use the terminal any more, and overall, I seemed pretty happy with it.
Eventually though, I began to get bored with Ubuntu. I was going to try and make an LFS system! Of course, I didn't know as much as I should have known before taking on that project, and it ended up being a bit of a waste of time. I tried once, and failed. I tried again, and failed again. I tried a third time, and finally decided that I was unable to build my own Linux system. So, I went back to Ubuntu alongside of Windows for a while.
I then decided that I was going to try and do a bit of penetration testing, because what teenager doesn't want to try and hack into their own computer? So I installed Kali and [Insert here the name of the intentionally vulnerable Linux distro whose name I can't remember right now] in virtual machines on my computer, and began to mess around with that. I never became that good at pentesting either though... As a result, I just went back to Windows, and playing Minecraft.
One of my friends then had the idea of me hosting a Minecraft server! And I figured, "Why not? I have an oldish desktop that we don't use any more because it kept getting BSODs, why not install Linux on there and host a Minecraft server?" And that's exactly what I did. I got Ubuntu on there, and started working out how to get a Minecraft server running on it. I decided that I enjoyed working with servers, and that it was finally something I could actually do! From the Minecraft server, I then went on to try and host other servers; it started with Apache and MySQL to work with plugins that I ran on my Minecraft server. I continued to enjoy the idea of server management, but I didn't like that there were so many extra things on the computer that weren't necessary for my servers to run, and that those things were probably taking a lot of the little RAM my server had.
It was then that I started looking into different Linux distros which were lightweight, and good for servers. I found all of the usual lightweight distros, but none of them really appealed to me, despite the fact that I was only going to use it to host a few servers. I came across LFS again, but didn't really want to try and tackle that project again quite yet. But then, I found Arch. I realized that it, like LFS, could be a bit hard to set up, but that it wouldn't be quite so hard. I gave it a try, and wasn't successful at first. But by the second attempt, I had a running Arch Linux system! This is what I still use today for my server, and I really enjoy it. It can be a bit of a pain to work with at times, but I feel like it's worth it.
Anyway, I'm kinda curious to hear other people's stories about how they were introduced to Linux, and how they went on from there!
Thanks in advance for sharing!