Long time lurker, second post
I just now signed up for this forum, though I've been reading it for a while. Anyway, here's my Linux history:
1994 - Picked up the Que book "Using Linux" which included some version of Slackware from back during the Punic Wars. I don't remember the version, but the kernel was something in the 1.2.x range. I actually got it installed and running in a partition, but I couldn't get XFree going. I was putting together an OS/2 user group at the time, so I didn't put in any more time on it.
1996 - Fed up with OS/2, I started looking at Linux again. Read that something called "Red Hat" was easier to get started, so I got ahold of one of those old Infomagic 4-CD distro-palooza collections and installed RedHat 4.0.
1997 - Got Linux going to the point that I could drop OS/2. Even got a job as a UNIX (Solaris) sysadmin.
2000 - Started getting tired of fighting RedHat's "our way or the highway" approach ("what? you don't want to install GNOME? I guess that means that you want to ...INSTALL GNOME!!!") I actually started going retro, spending a lot of time with DOS and my old Commodores.
2003 - Got a better sysadmin job so I got back into Linux. RedHat 8.0 still seemed irksome, so I gave Slackware a try again. Haven't looked back!
2005 - Dividing my time between Windows 2000 for work (really not a bad version of Windows, all things considered) and Slack at home.