In a parallel universe where Ubuntu hadn't provided the "install alongside Windows" option (which it did about 10 years ago), I'd be writing enterprise Java on a Windows 10 machine, blissfully unaware of the existence of free software and believing that privacy is dead if Mark Zuckerberg says so.

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Dear #purists and #absolutists,

It's great to be clean and pure yourself, but sometimes you have step into the mud to pull out others who are stuck in it.

#windows #ubuntu #privacy #freesoftware

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@njoseph same thing except Slackware instead of Ubuntu, and I booted Linux straight from DOS because Windows wasn't fully a thing yet and DOS gave zero care about some program over-writing it out of memory and swapping it with another OS at runtime.

In other news, I'm old. :blobcat:

@polychrome @njoseph Similar with me, except it was Win98 by then and ZipSlack because I could run it off a 100 MB Zip Disk without having to install it.

When I started dual-booting, I was too afraid to partition my drives or install LILO so I used a boot floppy when I wanted to run Linux.

These things allowed me to dip a toe into the new system without having to commit utterly and be locked in before I was ready.

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