I don’t really know when I started. I typically tell people 2006 only because that’s when I started to use tools designed for programming instead of just Notepad and Internet Explorer.
By this time, it was about 2008. Again, these thoughts and moments evade me but I remember reading somewhere about the world of software and the open source nature of things. It was divided (so I thought) down the middle between open and closed source software. That was how I came across the open source operating system [Ubuntu]. It looked very easy to use and it didn’t seem to require too many work to keep it going. I downloaded the system into an CD image on the house machine and tried it in VirtualBox. I was stunned that this stuff was out there and no one informed me. The menu layout, panels, widgets, everything had me fall more and more in love with not only Ubuntu but open source technologies as a whole. I believe it was in the month of August of 2010 that I finally and fully adopted open source technology for every aspect of life in tech.
That was the start.