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What was your first Linux distro?

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Re: What was your first Linux distro?


Post by ChrisUK » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:19 pm

SuSE Linux 4 (1990s, no idea the exact year) - it was interesting, but I seem to remember I couldn't do much with it... OTOH, there wasn't that much that I needed to do with it at the time. I think you could code with it, but I think I was coding* with/for Commodore 64 and the Amiga at the time.

*(For anyone interested - 6502 Assembly Language on the Commodore 64 and C (using DICE IIRC) on the Amiga)

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Re: What was your first Linux distro?


Post by davemx » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:11 pm

I started using Mandrake not sure what year, but a long time ago. I used packages from an unofficial repository called "Texstar" without realising that was the online handle of a person. Later, I tried Gentoo. After that, I was planning to try Mandrake again (or was it Mandriva by then?) and I noticed that the Texstar repository had vanished, so I did a little online investigation that led me to PCLinuxOS, that was about the time of version 0.81. I stuck with that for years. What impressed me was that it had the same speed advantage over Mandrake that Gentoo did, but with only a fraction of the effort.

Pretty much it for years. I tried other distros as dual boots, but they never really worked for me. All the big names, too. Always some showstopper.

When I met my new wife, she had a laptop, which was in a bad way. I had problems with getting PCLOS to connect to the internet on it. I tried lightweight distros, and eventually got one to work. With some difficulty, and we passed the laptop to her daughter.

A week or so later, I was still looking at lightweight distros and that led me to antiX. Which in turn led me to MX Linux. And that is the first one that I'm really impressed with. Considering that its Debian-based, it seems to do everything without the Debian showstoppers, I guess because MX integrates essential but non-free software which caused me problems when I tried to install it on Debian.
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Re: What was your first Linux distro?


Post by bigbenaugust » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:54 pm

RedHat 5.2, Jan 1998. After jumping to Mandrake, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE, and Arch over time, I stabilized in the Debian world probably 5-6 years ago.

Professionally, RHEL 3 and 4, March 2006 (I came from Solaris and a smattering of other commercial UNIX variants).
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Re: What was your first Linux distro?


Post by turtlebay777 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:05 pm

Strangely, my first foray into the world of Linux was via a copy of Ubuntu and my first installed system was Artistx which was an Ubuntu DVD containing huge numbers of programs with the theme of art and media.


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Re: What was your first Linux distro?


Post by gimcrack » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:51 pm

SimplyMepis July 15th, 2003 over 16 years ago. Now look where I am. MX, so it's like I already went a full circle with Linux. MX also stop me from distro hopping. I won't go to another primary OS. MX for life or at least the life of MX.

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Re: What was your first Linux distro?


Post by NevilsStation » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:28 pm

Late 90's Debian, Suse, RedHat, then Stormix, then ...
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