Jon Biddell writes "Many many moons ago I was, sadly, a Windows user. And I was miserable. The servers I managed were running NT4 and had to be rebooted once a month, my personal workstation needed reboots daily, and more often than not several times a day.
I started "playing with Linux" in 1998, looking for something with more inherent stability and configurability than Windows had at the time, and was led into what could only be described as the dark arts of Debian. An extremely powerful distribution of Linux, but not for the faint-hearted or the new Linux user. So I eventually settled firstly on SuSE, and then Mandrake."