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  • #76
    Debian. Not setup by me personally so can't recall version. Should've been around 1999-2000ish.

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    • #77
      I started off with Suse 6.0 (around 1999 - I may still have the excellent manual somewhere). After a long Linux hiatus, I've returned to Suse.

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      • #78
        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
        Corel Linux 1.0
        Glad to see I'm not the only one

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        • #79
          Started with Slackware 2.3 on my roommate's computer. There were times I used that more than the $5000 rig I bought in late '97, because I was told my SCSI card was "unsupported" (it was actually the default choice in the kernel config). I had tried to install Linux a year or two before that, but I didn't know about something as nice as having a distribution so I didn't get anywhere. I would have loved it when I inherited a 486 in high school! (junior year, early 96, and my TV was the monitor)

          In 2003, I switched to Gentoo because I was tired of Slackware being continually out of date and a declining number of program that would actually compile. I picked Gentoo because the optimizations gave enough of an edge to play newer video types on my dual Celeron 500's at the time, and I still use it for my system, despite a nasty run-in with upgrading libexpat last year which broke almost all of my programs. It took me a week or two to get everything recompiled and updated on an Athlon-XP 2600, but my new system compiles 15x as fast. Now if I can just get Gentoo compling programs with Visual C++ 2008 for my contract work

          I was using RedHat 6.something (still have the complete backup) for 6 months back in 1999 for some development work, but I have never liked RedHat anything. I also run Ubuntu at work (easy to keep running), and my Wife started running Ubuntu 7.10 in October as her first Linux. It's more ready than Windows for standard desktop usage, especially if someone pre-installed it with all the restricted packages. Only gamers, high-end desktop app users (i.e. something like Adobe Illustrator that doesn't run on Mac), and Microsoft's marketing division, I mean ZDnet have any reason for Windows. I recommend Ubuntu to everyone I know running Windows. I don't really like it myself as a computer nerd and programmer because of missing DIR_COLORS and piss poor default vim configuration, but I'm wise enough to see that most people don't care about those and would be lost on running "emerge -va --depclean; emerge -vauD system; emerge -vauD world; emerge -vaP; revdep-rebuild -X -vv -v" even if it happend to run without a hitch.

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          • #80
            OpenSuse, When I think about that a tear swirls around in my eye.

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            • #81
              SuSE 6.1 was my first Linux distro but at the time (must have been around 1998) I never got it to working the way I wished. Basically I was scared off by the effort to find my way into configuring the system on a "text-file-editing" basis being an AMIGA user since 1989 and fixed on a more GUIficated approach.

              My first "working" installation (meaning working satisfactory according to my needs) was a SuSE 8.1 and I've stuck with SuSE ever since. ATM I am runnning a SuSE 10.0 on a 6-year-old Mitac notebook, a SuSE 10.1 on a three-year-old Uniwill notebook and openSuSE 10.3 on a DELL Vostro 1500 notebook and on my workstation (self-built). All of them have a parallel installation of Win XP pro exclusively for gaming purposes.
              Last edited by mercy; 01-27-2008, 09:18 AM.

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              • #82
                I discover Linux with Mandrake 7.0, to use the Intel Fortran Compiler which is free for non commercial usage ...

                I move to Fedora 1, then FC2-3-4, and then I switch to Ubuntu Breezy Badger.

                Right now on Gutsy/Linux Mint.

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                • #83
                  Mandrake was the first Linux distro I messed with. I was using BeOS before I used Linux for the first time though.

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                  • #84
                    My first attempt to install and see Linux: Red Hat 5, around 1999, on a 486 DX4.

                    My first working Linux: Corel Linux

                    My first operative Linux: Mandrake 9.2

                    Since then, ever Mandrake/Mandriva as main home desktop since 2005LE. Tested some Suse's and found them slower that Mandy, Ubuntu (found slow startup, don't like the sudo approach and I'm not a GNOME fan, poor KDE support), PCLinuxOS (fine, but poor Spanish language support), GoboLinux (?) and Gentoo (mmhh, maybe someday will give another try, then I had only a 256 KB ADSL).

                    Regards

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                    • #85
                      Conectiva linux 4.0 was my frist try.(Conectiva+Mandrake=Mandriva), later I tried:
                      Red Hat 6.2
                      Slackware 7.0
                      SuSe (don't remember the version, was the stable one in 2002, 7.0 I guess)
                      Debian 3.0 woddy, and I felt in love since then!!!
                      Today I still use Debian ;-)

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                      • #86
                        my first linux contact was in 1995 with Slackware v3.0.0 (kernel 1.2.13); first home server was a RH 7.1 and first production server was a Slackware 8.1 (mail+web server, kernel 2.4.18) in y2k
                        most used distros were: Mandrake 8.2, Slackware 8.0 and 9.1, SuSE pro 8.1 and 9.3, Debian sarge 3.1 and etch 4.0, most used kernel versions were 2.2.19, 2.4.18, 2.4.29, 2.6.11.12, 2.6.16.52 and 2.6.17.13;
                        also used for a while Debian potato 2.2r7 and woody 3.0, Corel Linux, few Knoppix's, Mandrake 9.1 and 9.2, Slackware 3.5 and 7.0, Turbo Linux 7, Yoper 3, SuSE pro 7.1, 9.1 and 9.2, SimplyMepis 2004 and 3.3 and some Slack derived: Slax, Vector, Zenwalk, Wolvix...
                        now I'm stuck on Slackware 10.1 (home desktop+home router), OpenSUSE 10.3 x86_64 (alt. home desktop) and CentOS v4 (office server/router)... don't like *buntu's and Fedora

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                        • #87
                          Feeling old..my first distribution was SLS back in 92 or was it 93.

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                          • #88
                            My first distro was Slackware 8, just after it had first come out. Since then I've dabbled with Debian, Gentoo and FreeBSD. Currently I'm using Ubuntu however.

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                            • #89
                              I think the first distribution I used was Red Hat 5.2.
                              Since then I started using Debian, and am now happily stuck on Ubuntu :-)

                              /Paul

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                              • #90
                                My first was Ubuntu 6.10 back in 2006(yeah, I didn't even know about Linux until 2005). Right now I'm using Ubuntu 7.10 and will probably keep using Ubuntu for a while. Tried Fedora 8, but couldn't get wifi to work, so I uninstalled it after some hours.

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