At the time I had some comments about using vim to modify my .bashrc. I politely thanked people saying that I'd look in to it and having absolutely no idea what was going on.
After a couple of weeks I had worked really hard to get a system that gave me everything that my work Windows machine did (office working, LaTeX gui setup etc). At that point I remember speaking to a friend of mine that was a hardened linux user saying: "ok, I've not lost anything since moving from Windows but what's the point? What have I gained?". My friend didn't really give me a satisfactory answer but I quite enjoy being out of my comfort zone so I kept with it.
After a couple more weeks I began to see that a big point is the community. For anything I wanted help with I could find some people who had done it before and timidly open up this voodoo-black-magic thing called the "terminal" and paste in some code that would fix whatever needed fixing.
So at that point I thought the point was:
- It's free;
- Don't lose anything;
- Gain a community
I've put this up on github in a repository I plan on growing. I've also written a simple python script that creates a symbolic link in the home directory so that I just need to keep the repositories synced on all my machines and it'll all just work. In future that python scipt will check if pathogen is setup and take care of the plugins (I think).