Being disabled since 2006 & unable to work, I spend a lot of time on the Internet. In 2009, I stumbled across Wubi, which at first turned out to be a disaster, but later learned how to dual boot & have been using Ubuntu (& Linux Mint) since. One of the first things that I noticed about both was no viruses nor malware. How great! I have a hardware firewall via wireless router & have ClamTK, chkrootkit & rkhunter installed for security. Once in a while, ClamTK will pick up a browser object. However I don't take this for granted, smart computing practices still applies.

Not being a gamer, nor power Windows user, there is nothing that holds me to the OS. Therefore I can run the OS of my choosing. Initially I received install CD's from Canonical, but found it faster to download & burn my own. Plus this frees up resources to more needy users. At this time, I wish to thank those at Canonical for empowering those who otherwise would be w/out Internet technologies. I could care less for TV (personally), but see Internet access on the same level as TV, electricity, power, clean drinking water/food, medical care, things that we need not only to survive, but to thrive.

I believe in & stand up for fairness & equality for all, regardless of circumstances. I'm the type of person who would do anything possible to help anyone, which has led to me being the "IT expert" in my circle of family & few friends. Though there's been times I wished I had kept my mouth shut about my passion for computers, the gratitude I receive in return makes it worth the effort.

Looking forward to the latest Ubuntu LTS, as I prefer these to short releases, until the last one before the next LTS. Using that last short term gives me a peek at the future.

I'll be the first to admit, learning Ubuntu (or any flavor of Linux) isn't easy. But with patience, being willing to search with Google for answers (I seldom create threads), the payoff is great. If a machine can run Ubuntu, I'll find a way for most functions to work. There's no such thing as being "too old" to learn, though I mean no harm, I see that is "too lazy". Within reason, of course.

Looking forward to meeting new friends here, and possibly some old ones from years gone by.

Long Live Ubuntu!


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