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The post by johnsfine above strikes a chord with me because Mepis was the first distro I successfully installed on my own, and the first distro I really used a lot for more than just feeling my way around Linux (although I'm still actually feeling my way around Linux, a lot of the time!). But after running Linspire, I tried a few Knoppix live disks before I found out about Mepis.
Distribution: Linux Mint 15 X64, Mageia 2, Red Hat Enterprise, Centos 6.x
My first ever installed version of linux was Turbolinux, around 1996-1997 then i did some real work installs with redhat 6 in 1999 and so on... now at home i use mint 15 x64 and Mageia. Two solid distros.
Somebody gave me a disk with Ubuntu on it about 2007. I stayed with Ubuntu until Unity and then I moved to Linux Mint which I like very much. I am now running Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon which I think is brilliant
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Sid/Experimental, playing with LFS.
Originally Posted by Z038
My first was a retail boxed version of Red Hat Linux from the late '90s, I think it was version 6.0.
Mine was RedHat version 7 purchased from a local newsagency. It would install but never worked. I tried others (Mandrake) after that and they would install but never worked properly. I then come across Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) and everything except the wireless worked out of the box. I researched the wireless issue and installed ndiswrapper and I've been using Linux ever since. Now on Debian but had a brief foray into Linux Mint.
openSUSE 11.2! Sometime in late 2009 when it was fresh, so i'm quite a newbie compared to most of you guys. My Radeon worked only with VESA driver so moving application windows was painfully slow but i didn't care much then, it was whole new exciting experience.
My first operating system was Fedora 8. I actually started in with it because I forgot the admin password on my Windows XP laptop. I had to install something else after attempting to recover the windows sam file via forensic recovery, and failing. Fedora 8 was the OS of choice because it was readily available, and I've been a Linux fanatic ever since.