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#31 Guth


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:19

My first one was ubuntu on a VPS i rented, i actually quite liked using it so i downloaded it and put it on my own pc
but it wouldn't load video drivers correctly and after 5 days of messing around i gave up and went back to win
Will try it out again some day though.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:34

My first experience of Linux was.. phew.. quite a few years ago. Must have been about 1998 or 1999 and the distribution was Red Hat. A friend of mine had started to get into it and consequently do did I... I used to feel like the man when I had my desktop all up and running, with Window Maker complete with a suitably cheese Matrix style theme.

I remember when I first started, simply having no idea how to use it.. and this was before we could really access the internet at home (before broadband got widely available here) so information was a little less easy to come by when we were having a little LAN party at his house. I'd complete an install of Red Hat, realise I didn't have the pico editor installed - and consequently not knowing how to handle package management, would just do a complete reinstall in the hope I installed the right options to include it! Forget about using VI or anything like that.. was far too much of a noob.

Happy days though - I was really into it all then. Not quite so excited these days :)

#33 Lee G.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:46

My first experience with Linux was using SUSE Linux, and shortly afterwards I tried Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core.

#34 +Frank B.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:49

The first UNIX experience? AIX 3.something on IBM RS/6000 workstations back in April 1993.

First Linux experience: Installing Slackware on an UMSDOS file system on top of MS-DOS 6.22. Late 1994/early 1995. Text mode worked, X refused to run,

Kernel version: 1.2.something. Hardware it ran on: 486 DX 33 MHz, 8 MB RAM.

#35 REM2000


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:55

Slackware in 1995 that was on the front of a computer magazine. It gave me a command prompt and not much else and i didn't touch linux until SUSE in about 97/98.

Over the years ive played with a few, my fravourite has to be Debian and then Ubuntu. I generally use Linux as a server thought and don't really use it as a desktop that often.

#36 tim_s



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Posted 06 February 2013 - 17:11

Linux for sure is a great OS to act as a server.

#37 +Karl L.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 20:22

Hmm, I think my first ever experience was with Mandrake. I would have been 11 or 12. I remember looking for longhorn leaks, and the website I found them on also had a Mandrake support section. So I checked it out, and tried it but the internet wouldn't work on it. After that I tried various distros and broke them all.

Currently Arch is my go-to Linux that I have running on a plethora of virtual machines (and primary on my PI) at home and work.

My first experience with Linux was somewhat similar: I tried Mandrake. A friend told me it was the easiest distro to use for beginners. KDE was supposed to be super-simple to use. Unfortunately, I didn't really take the time to understand how things worked, got frustrated, and moved back to Windows XP.

I was encouraged to try Ubuntu 9.04 by a coworker at my first job during college. That time I installed it on my desktop, and began dual-booting with Windows Vista. Over time I started using Ubuntu more and more, but I never uninstalled Windows because I still wanted to play PC games. I was very happy dual-booting Windows and Ubuntu on my desktop and laptop for several years. Although I used Ubuntu the vast majority of the time, I still occasionally booted Windows to play games (mostly on my desktop). When Canonical decided to switch to Unity, I moved to Debian 6 because it still had GNOME 2. Since that time I have retired my desktop and bought a new laptop, which has never run anything but Debian natively since I wiped the Windows 7 installation from the factory. I have been an extremely satisfied Debian user for several years.

#38 Fish


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 20:23

Like others here, mine was Mandrake around 2000. I remember struggling with the installation but I think I got it installed eventually. I went on to try Debian and Suse around that time as well. I never really got into Linux though. By that I mean if I came across a problem that just seemed to difficult to overcome I would take the easy route and boot into Windows instead.

And that was always the problem for me - I enjoyed tinkering and finding out how it works, but if I ran into too much trouble I would just dump it and return to my comfort zone, Windows. It wasn't until I tried early releases of Ubuntu (Warty and Hoary) and things actually started to work out of the box (for me anyway) that I started to take a greater interest in Linux. I stuck with Ubuntu for a while, then moved on to Arch as my interest and knowledge grew. I helped out a bit here on Neowin with Shift, but really it was just testing new builds.

Personal life took over, and Linux took a back seat. Computers became less and less "toys" to me, and more tools to get a job done. I found myself using Windows more and more just for the convenience of having things work without issues. But recently I'm dipping my toes again. I'm happy to say that things have really moved forward in the last few years and I can easily see me moving back to Linux full time again.

#39 OP bman


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 00:30

Yea back then that was the main issue for me, the installation was such a hassle I would give up half the time.