I started using Linux about 2 years ago, when I was looking to buy new laptop and didn’t like the directions Windows were going, so I was looking to try something else.
Previously I only heard about Linux as something hard to use and mostly terminal/command based OS. So imagine my surprise when I found so many different distributions to choose from.
After lots of searching, reading, checking online version of Ubuntu (Unity - it was OK, but I felt that something was missing) and watching many video reviews and recommendations for new user to Linux I finally found one that I like the most - Ubuntu MATE (of course ), because you could customize it the way you like it the most in a GUI way and it had lots of things that I could use right away and it looked quite easy to use.
Well first week wasn’t that easy as I struggle with different things and how to use them in new way, where to find stuff and so on, but it got better and after a month or two I was really impressive with all the things you could do and change in Linux and Ubuntu MATE. Things like how you don’t need to go to each site you want program from and download it from there, then click next multiple times and be careful not to install any third party app or toolbars, every program you use get updated with Update manager, no need to do it manually for each program and most of all there are so many programs to choose from that I didn’t even know existed (even the Windows versions) that I don’t even have to bother with piracy and how to get some “premium” programs to work. (That also come with a change of mind once you start seeing there is more out there then you knew before).
I trough I would first start with Ubuntu MATE and then check some other distos out, but I like it so much that I didn’t even need to change. It has great community, developers and constant improvements and came so far from where I started using it and it’s much easier now for new users to come and learn what a great OS they could have and all the freedom and choices it provides
I now use Ubuntu MATE on both of my laptops, even on old one it works fine and even my mum learned how to use basic things she needs, even if she could used Windows as it’s still on old laptop, but hasn’t been run in over a year and half at least
Sorry for a long replay, I will finish with a story that I once helped a friend with her computer (Win 7) and I was trying to open a program on her pc in the upper left corner like I’m used to now, but it wasn’t there I guess that means that I unlearn all the old stuff and can learn even more great things of this one