What made me try out Ubuntu?

I always wanted to write about how I got hooked onto Ubuntu. I got some spare time now and here comes the post.

I installed Ubuntu in my computer mainly because I liked experimenting with my computer and I was plainly curious about how the whole Ubuntu OS will work out. I have some experience installing a WUbi install on my home computer about two years ago (2009). While I found Ubuntu “cool”, it wasn’t enough to captivate me. I wasn’t fully convinced to switch to Ubuntu as my main OS. When I bought myself a new computer in 2010, I installed another WUbi and removed it later on when I was running low on disk space. Come 2011 and this time around, I got a pair of Live CD for Lubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 10.04 from Hrishi. I installed them in a new partition and let them stay there for a while.

After a couple of months, I broke my monitor and it was only fixed during the June holidays. When I got my monitor fixed, I observed the grub menu this time around and wanted to see what Ubuntu has to offer after all. When I booted into Ubuntu, it offered to upgrade to 10.10. And then again to 11.04. I had no idea what I was about to see. When I eventually logged in, I saw shiny big buttons on the left side. I could feel something tingling inside of me. For the next 10 months, I have been using Ubuntu as my main OS. In short, it was Unity that sold me Ubuntu.

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Ubuntu member, finally!

Just to break the news to everyone, I am now an Ubuntu member! It is some kind of a pleasant surprise that I actually managed to become an Ubuntu member within 12 months of actually switching to Ubuntu full time. I mean, who would have expected this thing to happen so fast?

Anyway, being part of the Ubuntu means I knew I would become an Ubuntu member one day. It was a matter of when and not if. In any case, I am not trying to demean the idea of Ubuntu membership. I am just saying that it is a nice gesture of showing appreciation towards people who contribute selflessly towards Ubuntu. To be frank, Ubuntu membership was something that was in the back of my mind when I was answering questions on Ask Ubuntu or when I was translating strings into Tamil.

Time to show some appreciation to people who helped me in the entire process of me becoming a member.

  • Hrishi O.A. – Thank you for showing me that there is a better OS than Windows.
  • The writers at OMG!Ubuntu! – Thank you for bringing the news about the Ubuntu world every day possible. It should be mentioned that, during the early days of me adopting Ubuntu, the regular updates got me hooked onto Ubuntu really fast.
  • Conscioususer – The man who is behind the awesome green bird and the developer of Polly, the Twitter client. He is probably one of the first few from the greater Ubuntu community that I got contact with and he inspired me to contribute back to the community.
  • Ask Ubuntu community – Thank you for being so accommodative. It should be mentioned that the majority of my contributions was in Ask Ubuntu and that would not have been possible if not for the friendly community at Ask Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu Tamil translators community – I will be doing no one a favour if I didn’t mention how the Tamil translators helped me contribute back to Ubuntu. First of all, thank you for accepting my request to join the translators’ team at Launchpad.net. Thank you again for listening to all of my feedback and replying when necessary. That acted more than a mere encouragement would possibly do.
  • Amith KK, Alan Pope – Thank you for turning up during the meeting and mincing generous words towards my application. I am sure it helped a great deal in convincing the council and letting my application hold a better chance at getting approved.
  • James Gifford, Octavian Damien, Thomas Ward – Thank you for being generous with the words and leaving awesome testimonials on my membership application. What makes it even more special is that you left them voluntarily without me asking for them, which shows your bigheartedness and generosity. I vaguely remember someone remarking that they were some of the best testimonials to ever have. So, a big thank you for that.
  • Roland Taylor – Thank you for letting me contribute content at 2buntu.com. I can go on being lyrical about your numerous other helpful contributions, but I do realize that you are a very humble person. So, I am going to stop right here. 🙂
  • dpm – Thank you for being very patient with me. I realize that I have been annoying on more than just a couple of occasions and I appreciate that you have been as calm as ever and guiding me along as you see fit.
  • dholbach – Thank you for making me feel comfortable in #ubuntu–motu and being helpful whenever I ran into doubts (which was almost every time) regarding fixing bugs in Ubuntu and other development related things. I promise to contribute in Ubuntu development again when I get some more free time.
  • Laura Czajkowski – Thanks a bunch for helping me with the bulletin points on my application. And, thanks for being part of the council that approved my application.
  • destine, head_victim and elky – It is very easy to miss the last group of people who actually approved my application. Thanks for noticing my contribution towards Ubuntu and appreciating just that by approving my application. I would like to buy you drinks if we were ever to meet again in person. 🙂
  • If I did not mention your name in the long list of people above, it doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate your help. I hope you understand that I am tired after a long day at college today and I am still feeling too ecstatic about the whole thing.

And, some things to entice the readers, who might have some interest in becoming an Ubuntu member someday. I now have a nice at ubuntu dot com email address and an IRC cloak at irc.freenode.net. I am sure that is enough of an awesome deal. 🙂

If you want to know what actually happened during the membership meeting, feel free to go through the IRC log and make fun of my numerous mumblings. Or, well, if you want to know how I made my contributions to Ubuntu, you can take a look at my wiki page.

I am a contributor to 2buntu.com!

Quite a couple of months ago, Roland Taylor offered me a chance to write articles and contribute to 2buntu.com. Being an Ubuntu enthusiast, I accepted the offer without much hesitation.

From the date of offer to today, I haven’t had much time to contribute as much as I would like to, I am still happy to have had managed to publish a couple of articles. Well, I realize that those aren’t an awful lot of contribution, I am just hoping to get over this rigorous study schedule that I am currently in. When it eventually gets over, I promise to author a lot more articles for the foreseeable future. Until then, good luck to me!