I use to download. Back when I first started messing with Linux, 15 years ago
, I set up a computer and began to tinker. I soon started a dual boot gradually weaning myself off of Windows and learning what was compatible and how to use. Then one day I went cold turkey by building my own rig with Linux as the OS. SuSe became my OS of choice back then which had its roots in Germany at that point. I had went through a lot of different flavors before I settled. I liked a lot of distros that no longer exist and no support, like Libranet. Loved Debian but stayed away from it for the following reasons. After a few years I set back and took a self examination as to what I was doing. I was spending more time tinkering and fiddling with the OS than I was actually using it. I did play with command line in those early days and compile things. I finally just stopped all the crazy stuff and decided to just use it and leave things alone!
The tinkering can be such an addiction and time consuming. Been so long since I did any of that I think I have forgotten it. I have watched Linux change so much over the years. Now you can just simply put a disc in and it finds everything and loads up, reboot. And you are using it. (I have been spoiled.) Back then you could not do that with Debian or Slackware, and many others. I remember all the talk in the magazines about user friendly, and I would laugh out loud. The common individual is not even aware that they are using an OS on a computer. Linux did not hold your hand like Windows does.
I really liked Puppy Linux back then.