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  • Red Hat 9 was my first distro, I really liked the Bluecurve theme for GNOME 2.

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    • Well, this is going back a bit. Hmm. I'm not actually sure. Was it Mandrake? I definitely remember installing Mandrake back in 2004-2005 or so. I am sure I remember trying Knoppix once as well...

      Eventually, I tried Ubuntu in 2007, and felt it somewhat overrated. Wireless drivers were a particular nightmare. I moved to Fedora 9 in late 2008 and that was where I actually settled down and started learning.

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      • Red Hat 5.2, I had found it in my local supermarket, only time in my life there was a Linux there. Sadly it never worked with my computer because it has a Geforce 2 and at the time RH was incompatible with graphical accleration. I was 9 years old, so I ditched it.
        Then, Mandrake Linux, but it sucked so much. I was about 11.

        Then, when I was 15 and I wanted to try again, Ubuntu. I stayed for a year of two, and then I decided to go Debian, because it pissed me off. I'm now deeply in love with Debian ^^

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        • My Math Teacher bought SuSE 7.0 back in the day. I asked him to copy the Installations CDs because he had a CD Burner (So Hardcore). He was overly concerned with the fact that linux is free because he wanted a bit for Burning the CDs. Basically he thought it was illegal to charge me money for the CDs because SuSE was free
          I then installed it in Textmode (not enough ram. Just 16 MB) and i needed several attempts but then i got it. I configured X and so much more without the Help of the Internet and without a Manual. I was so proud . I still remeber the Red Backround with the Bombs when you logged in as root. I loved KDE 1
          Second proudest moment was finding some Memory on the Junkyard to get enough Ram to get the Graphical Yast install. Heaven.

          And to be clear: When my Classmates got like Pentium 2 Machines i was Stuck with a 166Mhz Intel P1. My father refused to buy me something new. Money wasnt the Issue, but for him my Obsession with Computers is the worst thing (it even Tops Alcohol) ever Happened. So my only way to get new Stuff was to search the Junkyard (and use my very small allowance to buy some stuff).

          Since then Linux never left my Side.
          Last edited by pythoner; 09-24-2013, 07:55 AM.

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          • My first Linux distro was OpenSUSE 10.2 KDE in early 2007. So I'm a youngling. ;D But I fell in love quickly. I also realised that dual-booting was a better solution. At first I completely erased my Windows install.

            I switched to Ubuntu-based distros around 2010, and a year later Arch Linux. Been there ever since.

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            • My first linux distros was Red Hat 5 and Corel Linux in late 90s.

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              • Corel Linux, then SuSE Linux. I stopped using Linux for a while until I started writing software for Linux as the target. I used Fedora for a while because it was our main target and then switched to Ubuntu when that was the target system. I think I will switch to Debian Testing because of all the Ubuntu BS lately.
                Last edited by BreezeDM; 10-25-2013, 01:03 PM.

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                • Originally posted by BreezeDM View Post
                  Corel Linux, then SuSE Linux. I stopped using Linux for a while until I started writing software for Linux as the target. I used Fedora for a while because it was our main target and then switched to Ubuntu when that was the target system. I think I will switch to Debian Testing because of all the Ubuntu BS lately.
                  A good choise.

                  Debian is better than the reputation it holds novadays. Software maybe in general has matured and feature bloated so much so that I don't have "outdated software" issues except with the kernel because of the new hardware. The kernel I upgraded from backports.

                  Debian is also as good as the reputation says. Things just work, no need to fix and hack anything.


                  Edit: Forgot to say I am using the STABLE Debian...and yes! That is for the desktops :O
                  Last edited by moilami; 10-25-2013, 01:38 PM.

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                  • Slackware.

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                    • Knoppix!

                      My very first linux distro was Knoppix. I still remember the day...

                      I had gone to a relative's house who would sell burnt copies of linux distro's. He had a bunch of different linux distro's lying around his room with the famous sharpie hand written labels. So I picked up a CD that had the label "KNOPPIX" and thought it was some ethnic music cd to which he laughed and said "take it home and put it in your PC and restart to CD". I did just that and fell in love with the console screen that had colorful text scrolling and the little penguin.


                      ...those were the good ol' days


                      and just to give a bit more background: I did try linux twice before that. The first one was a distro that was included with a Mac Addict magazine (can't remember the name) and the second time was I believe Linux 2000 or something like that which would boot from within windows. But at that time, I was eager to try a Linux software and was dumbfounded by the hierarchy of linux "folders" to which I could find absolutely no programs other than some text files and some files that were .bin's. So KNOPPIX was really a game changer for me and showed me the real power of Linux, it's ease of use and it's many programs that "just worked".

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                      • Ubuntu 9.10 (and Xubuntu 13.10 right now).

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                        • Linux Mint 4. Nowadays I tend to use Elementary OS or Arch Linux.

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                          • Slackware 3.1 - Linux Kernel 2.0.0

                            Back in the mid-'90s, I had an interest in learning SCO UNIX. I mentioned this to one of my classmates, and he asked if I had thought about trying Linux. I thought to myself, what is this Linux thing this guy is talking about, but was intrigued nonetheless. In 1996, I was at a B&N and saw "Running Linux" on the bookshelf. I picked it up and knew right then and there I needed to know more. So, I made my purchase and began studying this thing called "Linux." A couple months later, I found another Linux book that contained two CD's in the back... they were Slackware disks. I was working for a local computer shop at the time, and after finally being able to afford my first AMD 486 for myself, I immediately went to work installing Slackware, complete with XFree86 and FVWM95. It wasn't exactly an easy task at first, but gradually got easier as time went on.

                            Since then, I've ran most of the major Linux distros out there, along with FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and PC-BSD. However, I have currently settled in with Arch Linux. Someone said that Arch is like a Lego or Erector set. You have the Arch core and from there, you get to customize it to your specific needs. No extra fluff or filler. I will admit, Arch isn't for everyone. It takes patience and time to get it right, but when it's set up the way you want it, it can be screaming fast. I'm currently running Arch on an old HP Pavillion dv5000 series laptop with an AMD Turion64 CPU and only 2GB of RAM. I have xfce4 as my default D.E., and pretty much all the apps I need. If I need more, either a simple "sudo pacman -S 'app-name' or yaourt 'app-name'" will help me install the app that I need. Yaourt isn't installed by default, however, there's plenty of documentation to assist in getting it setup. And finally, speaking of documentation, the Arch Wiki is outstanding when it comes to finding exactly what you need to know.

                            For those of you who are REALLY interested in learning how your computer works, and getting to to perform the way you think it should, Arch is definitely the way to go. For everyone else who has heard of Linux, but want to take baby steps, then I would recommend one of the more simlpified distributions... either Linux Mint, openSUSE, Fedora, or any one of the Ubuntu variants. And for those who feel the need to be more in control of EVERYTHING that is installed, there's always the tried and true Slackware. CHEERS!!!

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                            • SuSE 6.4... delivered in a huge box with manual and a bunch of CDs...

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                              • mythbuntu, but very first was opensuse

                                i am using Mythbuntu for the PVR... so I have a vested interest to keep using linux for watching tv. but, the first linux i ever installed was openSuse... then I tried unbuntu (kernel 2.6) but due to the fac I was using AMD Gpus i lost interest in linux due to the difficultly installing the AMD drivers...

                                so time passed, and i wanted to record OTA HDTV,(for free) so i looked for a free PVR solution , and i discovered mythbuntu, and seeing that i needed VDPAU for easy deinterlacing, i bought an Nvidia GPU, and resigned myself to learning how to install the Nvidia drivers via the terminal...after discovering "sudo service lightdm stop" and "chmod 775..." the process was very easy. (still have not learned how to install AMD drivers... dont need too... if only AMD had a VDPAU driver ) so i am stuck using Nvidia until i get the same or better deinterlacing on AMD or intel)

                                i is great that i can find an answer for anyof my linux problems on the internet!...

                                TL;DR... openSUSE, ubuntu, then using Mythbuntu Daily.

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