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  • distros? what distros? My first Linux was the original tarball, using tools I had cross-compiled from Minix. I was also the Atari ST Minix and GCC maintainer at the time (1992 timeframe).

    OK, my first actual distro was SuSE 5.1; the SuSE guys sent it to me as a gift. Apparently they were making a point of sending free subscriptions to major Linux contributors. I kept up with them thru OpenSuSE 10. I'm now using Debian on my web host, and Ubuntu on my laptops. I've found that I like aptitude a lot better than yast as a package management interface...


    • first distro.

      College linux. Just for kicks when i was younger. the first distro I really used alot was suse 9.3. Now im a big linux mint kinda guy


      • Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
        Heh... All of you are young'uns... >:-)

        Yggdrasil Plug-and-Play Linux 1.0, followed up by Slackware when Yggdrasil bailed out of the distribution business.

        young'uns? How about MCC Interim? I did try the boot/root floppies but switched back to coherent.


        • has anyone here mentioned yoper?


          • First Linux Distro: Suse 8.0

            I know it was Suse, and 8.0 sounds familiar. This was about 2002 or 2003, a good friend of mine got me hooked on computers by helping me assemble my first desktop machine from parts (he gave me the motherboard and processor as my wedding present, my wife was just thrilled). He was using Suse at the time, and I had plenty of hard drive space, so I put Suse on a partition alongside Windows.

            Now I've migrated to Gentoo, I still dual-boot with Windows on one machine but I only use it to play games. I will soon be rebuilding my file server and I plan to switch that machine to Ubuntu server edition.

            That's the whole story.



            • My first distro was Fedora Core 3. Found it in a magazine and my curiousity grew. Unforuntately my dialup drivers never worked on it and it was back to Windows till I switched to cable. Then I distrohopped and I'm now happy with Arch Linux.


              • kubuntu is my first distribution so far


                • ubuntu 7 or 8 (don't remember) installed with wubi. It stopped working and I installed debian and still using it


                  • Back when G4Tv was TechTv Kevin Rose recommended on the Screensavers the livecd distro of Knoppix at the time i was aware of Redhat and its distro but the amount of cds needed when compared to knoppix it was no contest.
                    Knoppix was the first linux distro i ever used.
                    Months Later Patrick Norton would talk about and recommend a new distro he had ran across one with a live cd and an install cd that was shipped to you for free or you could download and burn.
                    This distro he recommended and talked about was Ubuntu back in its 4.10/5.04 days


                    • My first distro was Mandrake 9.1 (now known as Mandriva) I believe, sometime in 2003. I've used just about every major distribution, Arch, Gentoo, Fedora, Ubuntu, Slackware, and a few others. Right now I'm on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty, and I'm fairly happy with it. Except for running Dosbox, I run into Pulseaudio problems then. Mostly stuttering when Dosbox needs midi.

                      Lately I've been eyeballing Slackware 13 (coming soon), its the first Slackware release to have an official x86_64 version. I've thought about trying Fedora 11 lately as well, but then I remembered that it also has Pulseaudio and probably more bugs than Ubuntu 9.04 with its bleeding edge mentality.

                      So I'd say right now, I don't have a distro of choice, I've yet to find it, Linux is Linux to me. About Pulseaudio though, I don't have very many problems with it, only with Dosbox. Might not even be a problem with Pulseaudio, might be a Dosbox problem.

                      So in the future I may be running Slackware again, I loved it when I used it before. Just with my new-ish machine and the state of 64-bit on Linux, I really want 64-bit, along with stability and just a solid system. Ubuntu doesn't grant me one thing, solid, but it does give me a great package system and the rest.

                      In the end, its either Ubuntu or Slackware for me. The conclusion will come soon I think .


                      • SLS in 1993/94, which puts me in the "geriatric" category I'm afraid! Ah, the memories of the kernel configuration that asked a million questions I had no idea how to answer, trying to make modelines in my xf86config that wouldn't blow up my monitor etc...

                        I've paid money for Red Hat (6.0?) and Mandrake over time, then tried Linux From Scratch (for the learning experience, and it certainly taught me a lot). I like source-based distros, since I've been able to build up my knowledge incrementally - i.e. fixing breakages as they occur! I tried "Sourcerer Linux" or something like that, but then that project fell apart with some infighting and I went to Gentoo. Been happy with it ever since.

                        When I set up my computer-illiterate mother with a computer, I went Ubuntu for the convenience.


                        • My very first was in about 2003 with Knoppix LiveCD. That was some great fun. I had first heard of Linux around 2000 when I started highschool but it wasn't until 2003 that I actually had the chance to do something about it. I later decided to setup a spare machine from parts and put Linux on there so I could play around some more. I first went with an old Red Hat disc I found somewhere that didn't work well with my setup. So I then went and found Linux Format magazine I think it was, which up until recently I still had too, and that came with Mandrake 9. It installed and with some minor tweaking it was working perfectly! I loved it. I did all sorts with that machine and many hours were lost to that addictive-like-crack Frozen Bubble.

                          But I soon found myself lusting some change and thats where my distro hopping began. I went on to Debian where I actually downloaded all 13 or so CDs of Woody. Set it up and that was great. I really loved the way Debian did things, and still do. From there I tried Gentoo but couldnt get it to install on my machine. Then there was Red Hat 9 was good but I didnt take to rpms. Next I was introduced to Ubuntu 4.10 which was fine, but I found it was a little over simplified for my liking. So moved back to Debian. Then I went a found Sabayon which I liked a lot but I soon discovered that I just couldnt deal with the amount of compiling that was needed. In no particular order I also tried out OpenSuse, Sidux, Slax, LinuxMint, FreeBSD, Fedora Core 5, Puppy, Kubuntu, DSL, Xubuntu, CrunchBang, and Elive (on my MacBook). Of those I give props to CrunchBang, Sabayon, Sidux and Elive.

                          Then there is my current favourite, Arch. What a great OS. I am in the process of trying to get a good configuration for my new PC I'm building. At the moment I've got OpenBox/Gnome + Conky along the top + bmpanel on the bottom + urxvt. I love pacman and everything about this distro and when I get bored of my setup it wouldnt be hard to change everything since it has such a simple install base.

                          I still have Windows installed because sometimes that is just more simple especially for games.


                          • Slackware 2004


                            • It looks live everybody here has some tradition in using Linux.Well i'm a new linux user. My 'Linux' love story begins about 12 months ago when a was searching the net for some viruses information when i found Just read a little bit about it and i said that it deserved a test. Downloaded the image from the net and that night i installed it on my machine in dual-boot. From that night a fell in love with linux and kiwilinux 8.04. Now i'm using Ubuntu 9.04 and Debian 5

                              Sorry for the long post.


                              • I started with RedHat 5-point-something from a magazine in 1999. I soon replaced it with SuSE, then I moved onto Debian, and finally switched to Gentoo around 2003.

                                So, still a n00b basically.