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It was redhat 9, 2004. In our school library there was a redhat 7.2, which when I installed, I thought it was the first graphical linux out there (since every graphic was seemingly old and simple).
With the new Fedora Core 1, I thought linux was reborn! and Now I use the Fedora 8...
Ubuntu didn't work fine 4 me, and I have not tested other distro's.
Actually, the first "graphical" Linux was waay old- Yggdrasil Plug and Play was the "first" where you had X11 and a graphical desktop out of the box. It was rather primitive by modern day standards, but it really can be considered to be the "first", back before Red Hat and before Slackware.
I am really interested in the matter, I mean the first graphical linux distributaions. I really want to see screenshots of it, all yggdrasil, slackware and the redhat. If anyone has their screenshots I'd love to see them! and I think so many others!
Just imagine how they were, and how they've become with all of the eye-candies; compiz, beryl...
RedHat 5.X, but I never used it. But then i got RedHat 9, used it, no drivers for my graphics card, so I dumped linux for a while. Then I got OpenSuSE 10.1, 10.2, and now I'm on Fedora-boxes. If someone can help me, please PM me! I can't install OpenSuSE 10.2/3 on my box with an Abit AW9D-MAX because it say I run raid even if I don't :S
My first Linux distro was SUSE 6.2. It came with a magazine, and the X11 part didn't worked. Actually I tried to install Corel Linux 1.0 before it, but there was problems with the installation. I was eager to try out Linux, and after I bought a new computer I tried to install it from CDs, but the hardware was new the distributions were old, and I didn't have internet connection...
Then I used Debian Woody, first some prerelease from another magazine, then the final version. Then I tired of waiting for the next version and switched to Gentoo I only had modem connection at home at the time, so I had to bring home the source files in a flash drive from the University. Still using Gentoo, not the same installation, because I had to reinstall when I switched to amd64...
I tried to start with SuSE 8.0, but it didn't support my wireless mouse until 9.3...
However, after getting it to work I quickly became tired by "linux" because of SuSE's painfully slow package management...
After around 1 year I came to Gentoo which I like much more
(Though the package installs are still slow, but I don't have to spend 2 mins on looking if I have installed a specific package)
Mandrake 7.2 some 7 years ago now. I remember ordering the disks off the net for something like £2, as back then a 56k modem was speedy!
I think I then went mandrake 8, redhat, fedora, gentoo, kubuntu.
Back until maybe fedora, linux was never a main desktop for me (at least never for more than a few months) it was more just something to play with.
Tried other distro around Slackware 4 (ya, before a jump of version from 4 to 7 ), but in the end, stay with Slackware till now. Unless for some specific reason (like requirement from customer), all my systems are Slackware.