I've had to move home twice in the last 12 months and still have a few boxes left to sort out. Whilst unpacking some books the other day I came across the installation cd for Ubuntu 5.04 (Hoary Hedgehog) which came with issue 53 of Linux Magazine. It was Canonicals second release.
At the time I'd been reading about Linux, BSD, and Solaris as I wanted something different from the norm. I found Linux quite frustrating back then (and still do sometimes) and like many others that try it for the first time I only lasted a couple of weeks before returning to the all familiar Windows XP.
I still liked the idea of using open-source software though. So it wasn't long before I was testing the water again from the safety of a virtual machine, then moving onto dual booting.
These days most of my computers run Linux, generally either Ubuntu or Fedora. I made the transition around three years ago and despite the occasional problem, I'm happy with the decision. Yesterday I updated the computer in my lounge to Ubuntu 13.10, which means it's over eight years since I tried Ubuntu for the first time. Canonical released Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog) in Oct 2004 so this latest version marks their ninth anniversary. In that time they've made a real impact in the Linux community and I hope they continue to do well.