I moved to the University of Missouri and within two days I met one of my fellow students who introduced me to TheOpenCD. I have always been a proponent of free and open source software but not an activist. I have also always wanted to find a good suite of programs that would make a linux desktop functional for everyday use by everyday users – something that could be used by the people I help rather than by people who are intimately comfortable with their computers. TheOpenCD provides a good base for such a computer. I was impressed by the range of software provided. Some of it I already use, such as OpenOffice, Firefox, and 7-Zip, but I think I could replace almost all the rest of the software that I regularly use with programs included on TheOpenCD. It looks like the momentum is building for Microsoft independence.