I fell in love with Unix in my college computer lab in the mid-90s. I really wanted to be able to have a similar system at home. Some of the guys there were using Linux to run a BBS, which evolved into the first ISP in our area. I got Slackware floppies and assistance from them and soon enough I was running Linux too! It's been my more-or-less full-time desktop (and everything else) OS since that time.