My initial attraction to Linux was technical (this was before I even knew what open source was)
I noticed that most of the default apps in Windows were essentially crap and replacing them with 3rd party software usually resulted in better functionality (IE with Firefox, Notepad with Notepad++, etc). So I got curious about what would happen if I replaced the whole OS and Linux seemed like a good candidate at the time. I think this was around 2010-2011. Yeah, I was a bit late to the open source world.
heh, I've just been using date and cronie