For me, November has a small significance attached to it since, according to my e-mail, I first started messing with Ubuntu in November 2005. That was the Breezy era, and my first test install was on a lowly CTX EzBook 700E — 233Mhz, 128Mb and a 2Gb 4200rpm drive.
It didn’t go fantastically — the installer had a tendency to hang somewhere halfway through its duties, if I remember right — but I also tried it on a Dell XPS M170 — 2.26 Centrino, 2Gb and 80Gb 5400rpm with a 7800GTX in it (now that was a beautiful computer). Everything was configured perfectly off the bat, and that was enough to convince me that this Linux thing was worth looking into.
I still call New Years Day my Emancipation Day, since that’s when I did my first full Linux-only installation (on the M170), and haven’t looked back since. And this blog didn’t come into existence for almost another year, but for the record, November is my anniversary. Happy anniversary to me.