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  • #46
    Hmm it was red hat what i use little bit after my fater was get it, i didn`t know what to do and basicly dad told me everything what and how to do , well now years later i start to use after several distro experimentations, suse 10.0 -> and i`m also running right now openSUSE 10.3
    And thanks to dad to push me and helping me,(since he is guide guru) i learning all time new great thinks about linux and other thinks about computer and os on.

    Ps. sorry my possible rusty english
    Last edited by Mota_boy; 10-31-2007, 03:32 PM.

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    • #47
      Mine was also Mandrake, the version 9.0, i still remember... it took me 3 days to install it because i didn't know about Linux and my hard drive on those times was about to die, i used it for about 3 days and downloaded Mandrake 9.2, ohh those times, only remembering make me feel younger now i have been with Gentoo since April 1st 2005, well, i also think that since Ubuntu exist most of the users use it or has been their first distro, so welcome to the Linux world all new users, let all of us be a big family and do not start distro/desktop/editor/shell/etc wars

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      • #48
        The first GNU/Linux distro I ever used was probably Red Hat 4 around the end of 1998. I got hold of some old first-gen Pentiums and enjoyed running Linux on them. Unfortunately in those days if you didn't have an external serial modem you probably weren't getting online from Linux...and I never managed to.

        I got broadband in 1999, but it still soured me for awhile. I tried some other distros over the years, including Mandrake in 2001 and Debian about the same time, but never stuck with them. As another user mentioned, I was also gaming a lot more in those days.

        After I moved back to the US from Russia in 2006 I decided to give this "new" distro I'd heard about called Ubuntu a try and it's been my primary OS since. I used a G4 iBook I purchased in mid-2005 as my only PC while I lived in Russia in 2005-2006 and I was happy with it and happy that I wasn't using Windows...and then I discovered the free software movement.

        I have to keep XP on my desktop for gaming (I had a lot of Wine issues until Gutsy and most of my favorite games still won't run), but my server and laptop are both Ubuntu-only.

        I won't be switching back...

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        • #49
          The first Linux I ever used was Knoppix and the first one I'd ever installed was a 2.2-kernel Debian. It was not a good choice and I installed SUSE 9.1 over it some time later.

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          • #50
            The first distributions I tried were Suse and Red Hat.

            Now I'm using (K)Ubuntu

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            • #51
              I keep seeing the people posting what they started out with...

              I feel "old" with all this stuff about people talking about Red Hat 4, and so forth.

              I've watched it all from nearly the beginnings. SLS was the thing, Yggdrasil was the hot newcomer (...and did an amazing job of plug and play that wasn't beaten until Knoppix came along later on... Too bad they couldn't go the distance...). Slackware was the hot newcomer just after Yggdrasil, and Red Hat was just getting started and got hitched up with Caldera when they first came out (YES. Somewhere in my stuff is the Caldera Network Desktop previews 1 and 2, both based off of Red Hat...).

              A lot of hard work from a lot of people have brought things to where they are today.

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              • #52
                I remember reading an article somewhere, about the amazing evolution of Linux following the OSS development model, while for other Operating Systems, getting to the point they stand today, behind closed doors, have taken them almost twice the time it has taken Linux to achieve the same. It is no wonder that Linux (and other Free systems) will surpass these other systems, proving that the proprietary development model might not be as efficient it was once thought

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                • #53
                  Red Hat 4 or 5 (I don't remember exactly) but I used it for only few days (mostly sdoom :-) ) because it had no drivers for my hardware - graphic card, sound card, modem. Then after some time I've switched to SuSE 6.0 (I was impressed how good it was) and after that never versions of Red Hat and Mandrake (Mandriva). From two years I use Kubuntu on servers, workstations, terminals, etc.

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                  • #54
                    OpenSUSE 10.2, though that pretty much scared me off from linux because
                    1. audio had some weird lag that would make it drag behind when watching a video
                    2. my WIFI didn't work, or it did occasionally, on some ~2 boots of 5.

                    Then I took a long break, got Mandriva 2007.1, was happy, broke it, got Ubuntu Feisty, wasn't happy (I hated GNOME and the lack of choice on system tweaking and options), and now got Mandriva 2008.0 and am happy.

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                    • #55
                      Turbo Linux and Red Hat Linux 4.0.

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                      • #56
                        Mandrake 6.1 Helios.
                        Those were fn times, when I had absolutely no knowledge about Linux...

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                        • #57
                          RedHat 5.1

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                          • #58
                            Redhat 3? or 4. One of those two. It came with a linux book we bought on a CD. Alternatively, you could use floppy

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                            • #59
                              First distro

                              Hi

                              My first Linux distribution was SuSE 6.4 (awful ... took time to improve)

                              aP

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                              • #60
                                I first used Linux back in 1994 when I was still in middle school, and I used a copy of Mandrake 6 that my cousin gave to me. I found the original box it came in a few months ago. I wanted to try it out again, but I do not have a computer that it can run on anymore.
                                Last edited by KohlyKohl; 11-09-2007, 02:49 AM.

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