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View Poll Results: What Was Your First Linux Distro?
Arch 1 0.08%
Bodhi 0 0%
CentOS 19 1.51%
Damn Small 5 0.40%
Debian 62 4.93%
Fedora 56 4.46%
Gentoo 9 0.72%
LFS 0 0%
Knoppix 32 2.55%
Lindows 3 0.24%
Mageia 0 0%
Mandrake 123 9.79%
Manjaro 0 0%
MEPIS 12 0.95%
Mint 24 1.91%
Novell 3 0.24%
openSUSE 22 1.75%
Other 50 3.98%
PCLinuxOS 12 0.95%
Puppy 9 0.72%
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 13 1.03%
Red Hat Linux 226 17.98%
Sabayon 0 0%
Scientific 0 0%
Slackware 238 18.93%
SLS 11 0.88%
Sorcerer 1 0.08%
SuSE 88 7.00%
Turbolinux 6 0.48%
Ubuntu 190 15.12%
Vector 1 0.08%
Yellow Dog 5 0.40%
Yggdrasil 14 1.11%
Zorin 2 0.16%
Conectiva 4 0.32%
Linspire 3 0.24%
Mandriva 13 1.03%
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:06 PM   #361
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YESSS. Me too. Learning is fun. And LQ comes in handy, too .
I don't think you can stop that (learning) especially with Linux
 
Old 11-30-2013, 03:01 AM   #362
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Any links to the JWs?
Not that I am aware of but if you are the conspiracy type, it could be subliminal advertising for their newsletter :P
 
Old 12-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #363
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For me it was Slackware that was using a 1.x Linux kernel. Found it too limited and ftp'ed what was then the current Slackware using the 2.0.30 kernel. Learned how to compile a new kernel which is still very useful today. PPP setup was a pain and XFree86 was not much better. There was also a bug in XFree86 where it did not shut down correctly leaving my screen a bright white color requiring me to type the reboot or shutdown command after The Xfree86 server shutdown. Probably the most significant thing I did back then was get the AOL java client to work and spoke with someone on AOL from Slackware.
 
Old 02-13-2014, 01:59 PM   #364
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Fedora Core 4
 
Old 02-13-2014, 03:47 PM   #365
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Some Stripper's tattoo read "Slackware is Sexy", so I installed it.
And it is.
 
Old 02-13-2014, 07:18 PM   #366
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My first was Freespire. Which I downloaded sometime in late 2006. It was actually a really easy distro to start off with, but it was a short lived and by the time it came to the end of life in 2008, I had journeyed through several distros including; Ubuntu, openSuse, Mandriva, Sabayon, and countless others. I finally chose Kubuntu, and have being using it since.
 
Old 02-14-2014, 06:35 AM   #367
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Greetings
My first GUI, aside from PCShell for DOS, was IBM OS/2 2.0. A number of my compatriots at the OS/2 Team Club were trying Linux. I heard Mandrake was basically RedHat optimized for Pentium so I installed it. At first I was amazed at all the available software, then a simple upgrade broke the system.

I was in the habit of hanging around a few IRC channels, mostly on Freenode, so I mentioned I was unhappy with a system so easily broken and what did everyone else use? The guys I respected most all used Slackware. One fellow, named UfodZiner (hope he doesn't mind my quoting his alias) whom I knew to be an obsessed distro hopper (he downloaded isos on a 28.8 modem...it took days) had Slack as his Old Dependable. So I asked him Why? and he responded

"I don't know... stuff just compiles right in it"

I took this as a sign that it was solid, powerful and eminently compatible, so I installed Slackware 7. I'm on 14 now and have tried many others but Slackware is always my main. Even though I don't need to compile very much from source anymore, it is still solid, powerful, and compatible, and above all it doesn't break if one is at all careful, and NEVER from a simple app install.

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Old 02-14-2014, 10:48 AM   #368
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... and above all it doesn't break if one is at all careful, and NEVER from a simple app install.
If one is at all careful?

What is a simple app?

Sounds like I heard nothing.
 
Old 02-15-2014, 03:08 AM   #369
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Fedro core 10
 
Old 02-15-2014, 09:17 AM   #370
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I think it was sometime in 2006; tried to install one the BSD's, but must have done something wrong - couldn't access the root account (didn't know what I didn't know), tried Ubuntu and then read about Mint - stayed with Mint for some time.
Currently using Salix 14.1-64bit w/multilib on 3 systems and trying out Manjaro on a 4th. Salix has been very steady for me over the years -started with 13.37. Learned about computers on a Leading Edge running DOS 3.?, 10 MB HD, 512 ram, green TTL monitor.
 
Old 02-15-2014, 10:28 AM   #371
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Debian 1.0 Also played around a bit with RedHat. Didn't stick with Linux long, however, as shortly thereafter I discovered FreeBSD (2.x something) and OpenBSD, both of which had much saner and better featured package management tools. Also felt better, like "real" Unix.

Didn't swicth back to Linux until years later (dicsounting jobs where it was a forced requirement) to get better hardware support for things like video drivers. Used a few distro's but never really liked any as well as FreeBSD. Finally discovered Archlinux and it appealed to me as being more BSD like. Have liked it the best and been using it for past couple years w/o hopping around.
 
Old 02-15-2014, 10:54 AM   #372
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Debian 1.0 Also played around a bit with RedHat. Didn't stick with Linux long, however, as shortly thereafter I discovered FreeBSD (2.x something) and OpenBSD, both of which had much saner and better featured package management tools. Also felt better, like "real" Unix.

Didn't swicth back to Linux until years later (dicsounting jobs where it was a forced requirement) to get better hardware support for things like video drivers. Used a few distro's but never really liked any as well as FreeBSD. Finally discovered Archlinux and it appealed to me as being more BSD like. Have liked it the best and been using it for past couple years w/o hopping around.
You might like Gentoo then.
 
Old 02-15-2014, 11:22 AM   #373
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Have been Debian user since its version 1....
switched from dualboot with win98 to Debian-only in 2001.
Two days ago I switched back to dualboot, this time with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
 
Old 02-15-2014, 11:59 AM   #374
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You might like Gentoo then.
Took it for a test drive when it was "all the rage" (circa 2000?). Impession at the time was that it was Linux trying to be FreeBSD.

The FBSD days from 2.x through 4.x were great. FBSD kind of lost it's way 5.x through 7.x before it really got back to being competitive with Linux on the performance front. Maybe lost it's way is inaccurate way to phrase it, as 5.x had very ambitious goals wh/coincided w/unfortunate series of events; chief among wh/was the dot com bomb and Yahoo laying off several full time FBSD developers. Hence why it took them so long "to get there". Concommitantly commercial unix development was expensive. Meanwhile Linux was offering a relatively free lunch and was really gaining traction in the enterprise.

Arch seems to be a good compromise, although perhaps paying a little too much homage to whatever the latest and greatest coming down the pipe from RHEL and Fedora. But then that's also pretty pragmatic since the companies with the biggest wallets are driving Linux development these days. So, for example, seeing the hand writing on the wall, Arch implemented systemd a year ago (or so). Meanwhile, only after much whinning, debate, hand wringing, alternate proposals/projects, false starts, etc., both Debian and Unbuntu have finally announced their decisions to implement systemd as default.

But back to Gentoo. It seems Gentoo kind of lost its way as well there, circa mid 2000's?? Various compiler flag optimizations & Gentoo specific tweaks started breaking things? One reason I lke Arch is that you pretty much get compiled upstream sources w/o a lot of distro specific "enhancements, e.g. a'la Debian and Ubuntu).
 
Old 02-15-2014, 06:09 PM   #375
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If one is at all careful?

What is a simple app?

Sounds like I heard nothing.
Sorry if that was less than crystal clear to you. Allow me to elucidate. Being careful is just thinking through possible consequences and acting accordingly. Deleting some erotic photo you downloaded 5 years ago has no real consequence, therefore requires little care. Using "rm -rf" OTOH requires some attention to the target and proper spelling.

I didn't say "simple app". I said "simple app install" and of course was referring to auto dependency resolving package managers. The risk of such system breakage has diminished from earlier days but still exists. Worse, it is much harder to track down what went wrong because the Admin didn't do it... the package manager did. In Slackware the worst that can happen is that one app won't run or won't have some feature you neglected to get first. It's easier to track down what went wrong and how to fix it because it is on you.

To quote the Verizon man, "Can you hear me now?"
 
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