In a parallel universe where Ubuntu hadn't provided the "install alongside Windows" option (which it did about 10 years ago), I'd be writing enterprise Java on a Windows 10 machine, blissfully unaware of the existence of free software and believing that privacy is dead if Mark Zuckerberg says so.
It's great to be clean and pure yourself, but sometimes you have step into the mud to pull out others who are stuck in it.
When I started dual-booting, I was too afraid to partition my drives or install LILO so I used a boot floppy when I wanted to run Linux.
These things allowed me to dip a toe into the new system without having to commit utterly and be locked in before I was ready.
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