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  • What Was Your First Linux Distribution?

    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.
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    First one I used was Fedora Core 2, my dad got me onto it. He's been using *nix since the mid '80s, so you can tell me doesn't have much love for windows, hehe.

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    • #3
      Slackware, back in 1995 or 1996 and Redhat since 1998. I'm still using both.

      I tried Mandrake and I didn't liked-it much, tried Ubuntu for a few days. I'm not that much of a distrowhore so I keep using what works for me, Slackware and Redhat/Fedora.

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      • #4
        Corel Linux 1.0

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        • #5
          RedHat 6.1 (got it in a book), then 7.(something) shortly thereafter. However, I really cut my teeth on RedHat 9.

          I have also used Fedora Core 1, 2, 3, and 5. Then switched to Debian unstable not too long ago.

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          • #6
            Heh... All of you are young'uns... >:-)

            Yggdrasil Plug-and-Play Linux 1.0, followed up by Slackware when Yggdrasil bailed out of the distribution business.

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            • #7
              started with SuSE 5.3, switched to Redhat 8 when it was
              released, got annoyed with it after a week (always had to install
              some damned -devel rpms for some trivial source package) and finally switched to Gentoo.

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              • #8
                First Distro

                I played with two of them, however My "First" one was mandrake 7.0 I then dumped that quickly and used Redhat 7.1 and used Redhat faithfully to Redhat 9

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                • #9
                  Heh... All of you are young'uns... >:-)
                  Not really, I started working as an assembler programmer on an IBM 360/35 under Dos power back in 1970.
                  Last edited by glussier; 05-24-2007, 10:50 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by glussier View Post
                    Not really, I started working as an assembler programmer on an IBM 360/35 under Dos power back in 1970.
                    ROFLMAO! I think I was referring to the relative age of when they got into Linux... You've got me beat a little bit on the being in the industry by a few years- I started my futzing with computers about around 1976 or so and got to professionally doing things on computers about around 1987. An IBM 360/35 under DOS? You know that kind of dates you, don't you? >:-)

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                    • #11
                      My first distribution that I used for my personal desktop was Gentoo. That lasted around a month or two until I went with a Red Hat version that I paid something like $80 bucks for at CompUSA. At the time I thought I would get something out of paid support, but I never once used the support that was included with that purchase. I don't remember which version of Red Hat that was, but it was around 1998-1999 time frame

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
                        ROFLMAO! I think I was referring to the relative age of when they got into Linux... You've got me beat a little bit on the being in the industry by a few years- I started my futzing with computers about around 1976 or so and got to professionally doing things on computers about around 1987. An IBM 360/35 under DOS? You know that kind of dates you, don't you? >:-)
                        I started with suse 7.1 then Fedora 2 and stopped for a long time then I tried Suse 10.2 and decided that was the end for me with rpm crap. My first debian distro was Freespire and at first it was fun till i realized that it was frozen in time and going absolutely nowhere, I moved on trying Ubuntu 6.06, Ubuntu 7.04 fiesty and trying a hd install of Knoppix 5.l.1 and when I had trouble finding the "keys" for a sidux.com I landed there and use it on all my machines, it is defintely hot and spicy, like riding a wild bronco!
                        I think if someone wanted a easy ride and didn't like to experiement then Ubuntu fiesty is ok but if you want to have fun run Sidux. I might add that none of the distros liked my ati 1300pro card, I plan on replacing it with a Nvidia card but am not in a hurry my on board Nvidia
                        graphics card works fine even playing doom3

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
                          Heh... All of you are young'uns... >:-)

                          Yggdrasil Plug-and-Play Linux 1.0, followed up by Slackware when Yggdrasil bailed out of the distribution business.
                          Some of us just never used a "distro", but built it from scratch in the early years.

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                          • #14
                            I started off in 2003 on Mandrake 9.1, it was okay but I was disappointed with bugs and such, so then I bumped into Fedora Core 1, it was a improvement but again, bugs and problems. So I used Slackware, this was different, I learned alot more from the command line because it was a do it yourself distro.

                            I hung with that for a while then I kept hearing about something called Ubuntu, it was in development of its 4.10 warty release, so I grab it, check it out, and it was pretty cool, very stable and worked. The thing that amazed me about that distribution so much, was its community, so I stuck with that for about a year in a half, and by that time I knew that Ubuntu was based off the linux distribution Debian.

                            So I go and try it, and fell in love with it, it had the perfect balance for me and its been a rock solid distro for me thus far. We all have done the distro hop, trying to find that one that is just for you, its like, a journey haha. Eventually you find the one, we usually don't get it on the first try though, but we eventually find it. Almost sounds like marriage.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                              Some of us just never used a "distro", but built it from scratch in the early years.
                              Heh... Prove it.

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