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Hi, We started with Ubuntu I think 6 so that would be 2006. We have also tried the christian Ubuntu, puppy, and teen puppy. It was so that we could surf the net without getting all those nasty virus out there.
A friend told me in 2007 about this amazing free operating system that this guy Linus from Finland had written, that he had been using, Linux. And when I came home I downloded disk's for Xubuntu, Edubuntu and Kubuntu. Didn't start to really use it until 2010 and that was Fedora on a Dell laptop and Ubuntu on my Mac laptop
Caldera OpenLinux 2000, had to learn it on the fly as I was a newly hired manager who was told to "get a handle" on a system they installed that no one knew how to use! That started my Linux Admin duties.
Got my first 'puter in 1999. Had nev er used a computer before in my life- but I learnt of the existence of Linux literally within days of getting that first computer. I immediately was intrigued. The way I think, I figured "If Windows is the big popular OS that 'everyone' uses, and which comes pre-installed on every computer...it must really SUCK!". Boy, was i right! [That same mentality kept me from ever using AOL!! I was virtually a computer illiterate, but nerds thought I was one of them, because I had the sense to avoid AOL! Errr...uh...my thick glasses didn't hurt that image any, either )
I looked into Linux back then- but seeing all the foreign terminology- and with computing being new to me and all, it seemed way too advanced for me. I mean, I didn't want to start carrying a slide-rule and having nose bleeds...I just wanted an OS that would work. WIN98 didn't seem too bad...so I stayed with it, till 2007.
Then came the new computer, with Vista! That did it! After a few years of Vista, I said to myself that I'd either learn to use Linux, or I'd throw my computer out the window! Luckily, by then, many linux distros had become so user-friendly, that they were actually easier to use than Windows. I started with Ubuntu 10.04 and never looked back. Went Windows-free after a few months.
I've since abandoned Ubuntu, as it has become too much like Windows these days- with it's bloat and spyware. Have since used Debian; Crunchbang; Antix...and tonight I will be installing Slackware.
The way I see it, once you use Linux, there's no going back! I've never even set eyes on Windows 7 & 8.....and that's a good thing to be able to say, in my book!
Distribution: 12.04.2 have had rh9.0 checking now ,dsl,ubuntu, pclos, smoothwall3,fedora,mandravia,
started with Red Hat in 98-99 and took their class on how to use it , bought a modem to work with it :-), then red hat wanted 125 a year . took an A+ certification class to learn DOS memory management . learned WIN98instead . [98SE is still on some of my old hardware for Star Craft Broad War ]. got a AMD Clawhammer and resisted XP [had that hammer cruising better then my friends P4 on XP] then XP 64 bit came out . I found 64 bit PC-OS linux , it loaded and worked , but I did not know how to use it . alass , no other 64 bit linux would load and regular Ubuntu would not either . why????? , then poor clawhammer died :-( back to AM37 FIC mother board , Ubuntu still not working and others not easy to use , ,found in trash intel 945 chipset comp , tried Ubuntu 12.04 , whoo hoo , it works and CD Lubuntu 12.04 works on the AM37 FIC boards .
2 systems 945 =XP ,& Ubuntu12.04
3 systems FIC =XP ,& 98SE ,& Lubuntu12.04