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Old 03-29-2019, 12:32 PM   #16
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Slackware 2.2, way back in 1995.
Could run it only in character-based mode, though; any attempt to start X would lock up the computer hard.
Next was SuSE 4.2, which could run X, albeit only with limited resolution and colours.
Old 04-03-2019, 11:23 AM   #17
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For me it was Mandrake 9.1 back in 2003. Mandrake was the Ubuntu of it's time, with lots of focus on graphical configuration tools, many of which were horribly buggy and broken. I bought the installation CDs in the retail box, as I was only on a dial up modem. I had the choice at the time between that and Red Hat 9.0.

It was such a bad, flaky and buggy experience, not to mention a waste of money, that I did not care to revisit for another two years or so...
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Mandrake (5.x) in 1998. As I recall, it was light years ahead of windoze '98, which was as stable as a wheelbarrow full of bowling balls. I don't know where I went from there but possibly Red Hat or Suse. After that, I believe Slackware on floppy(?) but I can't remember.
Old 04-12-2019, 12:37 PM   #19
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Slackware or Red Hat way back in 1995. I'm not sure which one was first. The first Debian I installed was Hamm, in 1998.
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Mandrake Linux 7.1, back in May 2000.


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