I actually got started working with computers on an old 25mhz 486SX on a Compaq Deskpro. That was my first computer. That was DOS5.0 it didnt have windows on it or anything. I installed Windows 3.11 for workgroups on it, and it sucked. Anything you wanted to do with it you had to do on the command line anyhow, and even the command line sucked.
The problem was that I never heard of Linux unti about 99' or so. And by that time I was happily using Windows 2000 Pro. I had tried Mandrake a few times, and Installed Redhat once o twice, but once it was installed I always found myself wondering "Now what?"
Anyhow once XP came out being the happy 2k user that I was, I jumped on it, and discovered that my brand new retail copy was blacklisted and MS refused to activate. They told me to go back to the retailer and request a different copy. Which I couldnt do because they had filed for bankruptcy and gone under. MS refused to help me. That was it, the very last straw, and I will never ever buy another MS product ever again
This was late 2003 mind you, and I was looking for a Linux distro to replace XP with and discovered that all the cool kids were installing Gentoo. From that point on I realized exactly what I had been missing all those years..... A functional command line..... That was exactly what it was, I just never realized it. I knew DOS sucked, and it needed to be replaced as soon as I started using it, but then over the years I just kinda forgot about it. But then when I started using Gentoo, and I started the learning curve for bash, I realized that was what I had been longing for from the beginning.;
Ah man, if only I had switched sooner.
(sorry for the rant guys.)