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  • Originally posted by robertgordonkey View Post
    Slackware in 1994, then redhat version 4 or 5?? I liked rpm. Then Debian came along wow! I dropped everything else.

    The most stable kernel version ever 1.2.13. I still have it running.
    Laugh. Running ... what exactly ?

    But my first experiences sound similar to yours. I used Slackware 3.4 for ages, till finally getting hooked by KDE 1.4 and Redhat and Mandrake. RPM is the best packager for me, and i'm still using Fedora.

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    • bogus

      Bogus Linux - I think it was the product of UNC Chapel Hill CompSci professor(s).

      It had an ASCII issue art depicting Bart Simpson.

      http://www.cs.unc.edu/~faith/bogus.html

      enjoy, I did

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      • Some Knoppix version and then Debian 2.x around 2000-2002.

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        • RedHat in 1999.

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          • My first linux distro was some ancient RedHat around 5.x i got as a CD from some linux book that my older half-brother gave me back when i was 13-14yrs old. Back then i managed to install it and toy with it a bit but didn't excell in doing much real work or anything too interesting with it.

            Then around 15-16 or so i encountered Gentoo due to another half-brother of mine introducing it to me and then i really started to learn something and began to break and bend it till the point i feelt i mastered it more and more, after that came Ubuntu, Debian, and now ArchLinux which is my primary distro at 23yrs of age . Though i still retain knowledge and use of Ubuntu,Debian and Gentoo today but not as everyday distros like ArchLinux is now.

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            • mandrake,

              in a dual boot with...i must confess...windows 2000 !!!!



              but, the last will be....ARCHBANG !!!!!

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              • If i remember correctly i think was Ubuntu.

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                • The first one i tried to install was slackware but it was never put to any real use, after that i ordered Red Hat which i believe was version 6.

                  Back then Linux was not the desktop that i could use, most of the stuff i did was on Windows and the lack of internet made it even harder so i ended up as a windows user.

                  Over the years i have been testing different distributions, mostly each (~)ubuntu release, before i ended up with Gentoo about 3 years ago which i'm still using as my only OS.

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                  • Linux Mint 7. I then tried OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, before landing on the KDE variant of Fedora. I haven't used anything else since.

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                    • Oh this is a nice one. The old Red Hat 5.0 before there even was a rhel.

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                      • Ooh, hard to remember; I jumped around a lot in the start. Probably Red hat ... 6.1 or something. I definitely tried Corel linux slightly later, and remember it as quite nice for the time. I believe the first OS I used as a windows alternative was BeOS, though - and I know I jumped ship from Linux to FreeBSD not that much later. I spent august 02 to august 03 in an army office, installing FreeBSD on a spare office PC and playing with it in my copious spare time; that was when I first got really familiar with administering and using it (and indeed anything *nix-like).

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                        • I just got my brand new 160 GB HDD and was excited of it's massive capacity. I then ended up picking Mandrake with it's KDE desktop. I didn't like it very much because being mentally tied to Windows XP (though I had used shell replacements like AstonShell and BBLean for quite some time before that).

                          Some time later I found Ubuntu 5.04 and that I enjoyed quite much, although it crashed quite a lot despite my GeForce 6000 series graphics card. (I think it was due to graphics drivers.) It still took almost two years to convert me to Linux full-time, and even so it was more due to Windows blowing so hard than Linux impressing me with anything.

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                          • FreeBSD count ?

                            I know it's not really Linux, but I cut my teeth on FreeBSD around '96/'97 and then worked with Debian for awhile. I bounced around Corel Linux / RedHat / X/K/Ubuntu's trying to find a good desktop distro and eventual landed on Gentoo. I went back to FreeBSD for a few years and now run Arch for all my desktops and use either FreeBSD, Debian or CentOS for servers.

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                            • Slackware

                              ~1993, and it took 1 metric crapton of floppies. Luckily that was back in the day when Computer City (now gone) had some awesome deals on 100 packs of floppies.

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                              • SuSe 4 or something. it didnt last long tho. had problems getting video drivers and audio drivers to work. Next i had Fedora Core 5 i think.. didnt last long either..couldnt play my games on it ... then was some break from linux..and switched back to ubuntu 7.04...used until ubuntu 10.10 from where i went to Linux Mint world (11) and now am using Mint 12

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