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  • Michael
    started a topic What Was Your First Linux Distribution?

    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.

  • wizard69
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    Interesting question but honestly I can’t remember for certain. Tried many but then decide upon Redhat way back in the day before Fedora existed. That was Redhat 4 I believe.

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  • Rafale83
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    My very first UNIX distribution was SCO XENIX. Yes. MS old SYS V one. Boring.
    My first Linux distribution was SLS, downloaded by V22bis and then V32 modem.
    Then, bored by magnetic medias troubles, I switched to Yggdrasil plus and play Linux by cdrom ! Linux kernel 0.99pl7 IIRC...
    I switched again, very soon, to the vanilla Slackware, very BSD stylish, that learned me all.
    Tried rpm one at some moment, but early switched to Debian I can still use for some applications.
    I'm happy with Gentoo since 3-4 years. I should have switched to much early.
    27 years of Linuxing.
    30 years of Unix "pragma".

    Happy to contribute here. Long life to Phoronix !

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  • Oddsocks
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    Red Hat 5.2 (iirc) Roughcuts on an Amiga 4000.

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  • mrazster
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    RedHat 5.6

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  • Mindcloud
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    I started on RedHat 4 on CDs I had to mail order back in the mid 90s, I also loved Mandrake

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  • chroma
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    Slackware 1.0 in 1994, from a small handful of 3.5" floppy diskettes providing the base OS, networking, and X11. It, along with a CSLIP connection at 14.4kbps dialup, unleashed the full potential of my i80486sx/25 system and gained me entry into the modern age (though I quickly found it desirable to upgrade to 8MB of RAM to run Mosaic in XFree86 without swapping.)

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  • BrotherBeijing
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    BSD around 1978

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  • zerothruster
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    RedHat 6.2 - late 1999, came with a new magazine (Linux Format), and after my injury I had time to play with this OS I'd heard about. But installing it was *hard*, not helped by trying to choose the individual packages.

    That was on a secondhand laptop I'd bought for playing with it. After that, Mandriva-7.0 on a desktop system, Yellow Dog on an ibook, occasional painful excursions into debian or ubuntu (painful as in: "I can't use my keyboard mappings because it doesn't use kbd for the console"), but eventually moved to LFS ("My distro, my rules").

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  • Grogan
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    My "first" Linux distro was Slackware 3.5 around 1996'ish... a friend on IRC sent me the files over DCC. I got it installed (UMSDOS filesystem lol) but never did get X to start. I had a bit of Unix shell exposure so it was a novelty to be able to type such commands on my own local computer.

    I didn't try Linux again until 1999 when Corel Linux came out. That was actually pretty good, I had everything of mine working except my parallel port Zip drive. I had to learn to compile a kernel if I wanted that. Back then, Linux 2.2 had a much simpler kernel config and I got everything to work on the first try. So really, that was my "first" distro.

    After that, I used Mandrake 7.0 which is probably my favourite distribution of all time. I was so nostalgic for it, that years later I resurrected it in a VMware virtual machine. I made some screenshots, but these are the only ones I still have. I wish I still had screenshots of the old Gnome/Enlightenment environment that distro provided. There's a firefox icon on my desktop. That's because I compiled and replaced XFree86 so I could compile Firefox. You could still do that kind of shit back then (2005) on an old distro.

    http://www.mikeserv.org/gallery/Mike...ery/mandrake7/

    After Mandrake (didn't care for later iterations of it) I moved to Slackware, also 7.0 at the time (though 7.1 was released). I stayed with Slackware distros for a long time.

    After that I started doing my own LFS builds.

    Back to Slackware again, for a few years after that.

    Crux Linux after that for a few years, but I got way too far out of sync with their ports and packages (went off on my own) and I was too lazy to roll up a new one when my guts got too old.

    My current system now is Arch Linux. I also have a kubuntu setup that I use for Steam and games. (I like a fast food distro for that kind of crap, and multilib etc. I like the convenience of the PPAs for *buntu too)

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