Very cool article. I started computing on the Apple 2 and Linux appealed to the kid in me who learned BASIC so that he could write his own Star Wars games. (grin)
While I run Windows to launch certain games, my Alienware has a pretty hefty Fedora 22 partition and my work system is running RHEL 7 as a workstation. (but that's one benefit of being at the Hat)
Free software is wonderful. Free software that works better and better over time is life and career changing. I can testify to that personally.
Great article. I picked up a Pi some time back and my 12 year old son and I have messed with it a bit. Definitely need to expand our horizons with it.