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    • Korora Beta (Live CD that had proprietary graphics drivers installed) ... ... Joke! Seriously though I started with Gentoo in 2002. I downloaded it over dial-up, used most of my savings to pay the telephone bill. Ubuntu after they launched "ship it".

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      • I've ran at least a half dozen kinds, Solaris was too different from the rest and had a learning curve but at least it "shipped secure by default", the BSDs were like that but yet another curve to learn. I've been as far out as BackTrack/Kali and as far in as Fedora but I always return to were I started - Debian (I like it upstream). I used to run a few different versions at the same time under a Virtual Manager (either VMWare or VBox) to test/compile GCC.

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        • I staretd off with a floppy disk based one, called minix; then went to linux when kernel 0.99pl7 was kick ass (e.g. slackware).


          I also used yggdrasil, redhat, fedora, debian etc but all the times got back to opensuse.

          For work, we're using RHEL and SLES. The latter is better integrated, better tooled and better supported. AMongst other positive things that stack up easily against RHEL.

          and not to forget -- I do also check out the *BSDs, the debian derivates and all are one way or the other for me not a good choice.

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          • The first Linux distro I actually used was Mandriva 2010.1. This makes me sad about the state Mandriva is in now, but I am glad it at least survives somehow. It is also proof that even the mightiest distros can fall.

            Mz first live cd distro that I only used for an hour was Slitaz though.

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            • Fedora or OpenSUSE, before Linux became somewhat mainstream. I only use Ubuntu now.

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              • Mine was Red Hat 5.2 I think, my computer "competitor" in school installed in my computer and it blow my head away. A year later I was way ahead of him, using Slackware most of the time. I also printed the OpenGL Red Book and learned C and a little of C++, made some crazy stuff when Compiz development began. Then Beryl destroyed the usefulness of Compiz. But that's a story for another day. Today I'm using Linux Mint, and plan to switch soon to Fedora 27 Cinnamon... even if they JUST released the Fedora 28 beta.

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                • Redhat 7 for me, the CD was free with the book Redhat Linux 7 Bible. Started using Gentoo because of amd64, and Ubuntu on a laptop. Still using Gentoo and Ubuntu on Desktop/Laptop.

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                  • My first OS was DOS on an IBM PS /2 in 1995 but really cut my teeth on mandrake 5.0

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                    • IIRC, my first distribution ever was Xandros. Probably some time in 2005 or 2006. Cannot exactly recall for certain. Back then, hardware compatibility with Linux was hopeless; none of my hardware worked properly; wifi cards not detected, GPUs not detected and defaulting to an ugly 800 x 600 resolution. Ditched it and went back to Windows in less than an hour. Since it was more of a tryout, it probably does not count.

                      Next distribution was a Red Hat distribution but again, I cannot remember what it was. Same thing; no hardware recognized, back to Windows, Ditto Fedora Core 3.

                      I think i first started looking at Linux a little more seriously starting from Ubuntu 7.04; it was the first distribution to work on my Macbook back then. But school requirements eventually forced me back to Mac OS X 10.4

                      By 2010 I was using Linux regularly and it was on Mandriva Free 2010.x. So I suppose Mandriva could be counted as my first production-use Linux distribution. Eventually dropped Mandriva and started distri-hopping between Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Mageia.

                      Today, laptop uses Fedora 23 (with custom kernels and drivers built) and desktop uses Ubuntu 15.10 (also with custom kernel and drivers built). I think I have more or less standardized myself among these distributions in order of preference:
                      1. Fedora
                      2. Debian
                      3. *buntus
                      4. Mageia
                      OpenSUSE kind of got dropped from the list after they rebased against SLES because their packages are perpetually out of date, which is kind of not desirable for a desktop-centric distribution. Even Debian has up-to-date packages against upstream immediately after its first package freeze.

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