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  • #31
    monkey linux.

    it's kinda sad that it does not exist anymore. it was a really cool thing for a newbie, who was still using DOS at the time.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Michael View Post
      I just thought I would ask what your first Linux distribution was that you ever tried.

      My first distribution that I used way back when was Mandrake.
      Mine too....can't remember if it was version 6 or version 7. I remember paying to join "Club Mandrake," too.

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      • #33
        My first Linux distro? Ehh... Red Hat Linux 7. Took me a whole night with crappy FTP software to download, then found out in the morning that the download stopped halfway, then I found better software, and spent the morning and part of the afternoon to download it properly. Install took the rest of the night.

        Then I got rid of it, installed Debian, got a new computer, installed Gentoo on that, and then re-installed Gentoo, and then installed Gentoo on an old box, and then re-installed (again) Gentoo on the new computer, and then re-installed Debian on the first computer.

        Yup.

        EDIT: Oh, I remember: I downloaded RHL 2 days before version 8 came out. Yep, that pissed me off.
        Last edited by goffrie; 08-24-2007, 01:03 PM.

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        • #34
          Slackware 3.3

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          • #35
            Favorite Linux Distro ?

            My favorite Linux distro is Ubuntu, because it is very easy to use...

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            • #36
              My first distro was Red Hat 7.3. I got it at my local Comp USA in a box set.

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              • #37
                My first distro was Mandrake 9.1 I believe back in 2003. I had some good experiences with it, and some bad ones. Then I moved over to Fedora Core 1 which back then Fedora had alot of bugs. I've tried pretty much all the top 10 distros out there. Theres a few that I really like I don't really have a favorite.

                I like Fedora Core (Anything after 4), Debian, Slackware, Ubuntu, and thats about it, I never have tried SuSE and don't really plan on it. To me Linux is Linux, you can basically setup all these distros to do the same thing. Its just about what you want from the start.

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                • #38
                  Red Had 7 - kept on playing up with my old a7v-133 motherboard. Then moved onto Red Hat 9 and a bit later fc2 - linux was still more of a novelty to me back then anything else. I remember also looking into peanut linux and dsl back then.

                  It wasn't until exposure to knoppix that I started learning how to use everything (I remember the ancient fglrx's back then Further use at uni made me install fc6 dual boot, then I got sick of windows and installed feisty stand alone.

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                  • #39
                    slackware 2.3 back to 1995, I think

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by mile View Post
                      slackware 2.3 back to 1995, I think
                      Ow...all you veterans. I didn't even know there was anything other than windows until about 2000.
                      Last edited by Xipeos; 09-06-2007, 05:45 AM. Reason: know

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                      • #41
                        I tried some version of Slax firstly....then others like Ubuntu, OpenSuSe, and so on..

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                        • #42
                          My first time with Linux was SUSE 7.something, on KDE. But I wasn't ready yet and couldn't handle it. Also I was gaming a lot more than nowadays.

                          A few years later I installed Debian Sarge on my laptop and thanks to Google it remained there. Later, there was Ubuntu Dapper, which I upgraded to Edgy and Feisty, until I switched to Fedora 7, after it's release.

                          I'm happy so far and can't complain.

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                          • #43
                            hop stop

                            started with red hat 8 in 2003. (i was such a n00b that i had struggled with my first cli experience to install the nvidia drivers for my onboard geforce2. but that was a bit hard for a n00b - doing a text mode install, all to get into a console, and learn 'rpm -ivh' and 'vi /etc/X11/XF86Config' to see even my first linux desktop!). then red hat 9 and fedora core 1. shifted over to mandrake 9.1 for quite sometime in 2004. slackware 9 for late 2004. then debian testing/unstable for almost first half of 2005. late 2005 - slackware 10.1/10.2. very late in 2005, went for the kill - gentoo 2005.1-r1. thereafter, no looking back - no hopping. gentoo all along. an absolute workhorse os . i feel so much nirvana at the moment (2007.0), that i am planning not to ever even upgrade my gentoo , let alone distro hopping . install and forget. time for work. to share some of my nirvana :
                            http://137.110.115.18/gentoo/neon-iso/

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                            • #44
                              My very first run with Linux was with Slackware 3, way back. I was able to get X running, with a barebones X WM session. Then moved to Red Hat 5, and since I couldn't have Internet on Linux (damned win-modems), it suited me just fine.

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                              • #45
                                I first discovered Linux when a substitute teacher came to my summer HTML class I was taking. I saw he was using a OS on his laptop I've never seen before. I asked about it and he said it was Slackware Linux. After class I had my mother drove me to the book store and I picked up Redhat Linux 7.3 for Dummies and I installed it on my laptop that night. After that I was hooked. Alittle bit later I got Suse Linux 9.3 pro as a surprise birthday gift from my mom and I've been using Suse ever since. Right now I'm running OpenSuse 10.3.

                                Its just so crazy how if I never had that substitute teacher I probably would of never discovered Linux way back in 2001.
                                Last edited by Throwing Strikes; 11-06-2007, 08:00 PM.

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