My story is long and gradual, but is interesting to me when I look back on it. It involves me moving completely from a passive windows (only used for games) to the media powerhouse of linux. I first discovered linux in 2006. A computer science class which everyone has to take at my school (gen ed class) involved giving presentations on windows vs. Macs. After every point, like "windows is more vulnerable to viruses", the prof would also make a little linux jab, like "but linux doesn't get viruses at all". So, he introduced me to ubuntu dapper drake. I think it was 6.04. Well, my particular lappy had some video card trouble and I gave up on linux. I had never needed to put this much effort into getting my computers to work. But eventually, a computer science major on my wing heard about my troubles and found a fix for me. I finally had a working linux box. I quickly learned to love linux, especially ubuntu.
Then, later that year, the tech help area of my school was selling a used 32" crt monitor. It was massive, cheap, and weighed 150+ pounds (I checked the tech specs on it), so naturally, I bought it. I started by just playing movies and music on that monitor. Since I was in a small dorm room, I could sit back on the couch and use this monitor hooked to my lappy. Well, pretty soon, I wanted a dedicated computer for that monitor. We watch alot of movies in college now-a-days, plus everyone was impressed by such a big monitor. So, I ended up building a desktop computer to drive the monitor. This was very nice and good, so I soon upgraded to surround sound speakers and began looking for the best linux movie player. In that search, I discovered mythtv. It worked pretty nice and could do music and movies, which is all I wanted. So, then I bought a cheap IR remote and got that going. Pretty soon, I thought I'd give TV tuners a try. So, I began to dabble with that. Soon, I signed up for schedules direct and ditched the 150 pound monitor for a sleek, off brand lcd tv.
So at this point, I was just enamored with linux in general and would browse around youtube watching linux videos. And low and behold, I came across the LMCE demo video. I was blown away and immediately knew I wanted to chase that rabbit. Several upgrades and a whole lot of tinkering later, I have a sweet, working system that will definitely keep expanding as I graduate college (may of 2009!) and get a house. I can't imagine still using boring old windows.