About My Computer Tips

My Computer Tips was launched in 2015 to document my computing issues, and also add instructions to common tasks in various Linux distributions should I ever encounter the same problem twice.

My Computer tips has grown in popularity and now has over 250 tutorials and tips, covering many areas of computing from programming and retro computing to Linux Distributions.

My Computing History

I started my own Linux journey in 2002, dual booting Linux Mandrake 8 with Windows XP. After much trial and error, I finally started using Linux as my main operating system in 2008.

Linux was very complicated at the start. Help online was very sparse and any solutions felt like you needed a degree in computer science to complete. Finally managing to install the drivers for my Nvidia graphics card in Mandrake only to lose my Desktop the next day and being booted back to the terminal, is what Linux was like. It was frustrating, but I saw the bigger picture. It was far quicker and more secure than Windows would ever be.

Around this time another Distribution was released called Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu Linux positioned itself as more user friendly way to use like Linux, which allowed more users to install and try Linux. As the years passed by the popularity of Ubuntu grew, which created a whole new selection of Ubuntu spin offs to try and install.

There are still some sticking points when it comes to support from some manufacturers on Linux, but if your prepared to do a little bit of learning, Linux is now a viable alternative to Windows.

You might be interested in the following article, Switching from Windows to Linux, three ways to Install and try a Linux distribution without dual booting.

My Computers & Consoles Over The Years

Commodore Vic 20, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Acorn Electron, Commodore Amiga 600, SNES, Playstation, Playstation 2, Apple Mac G3, Nintendo WII, XBox360 PC