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1991 31 2.63%
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Old 08-23-2020, 04:33 PM   #151
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1992 after reading this...

I ftp'ed version 0.11 on January 23rd 1992 and booted it on 386 PC at Wellington City Council (New Zealand).

I downloaded the 0.11 root and boot floppies after reading this reply in comp.os.msdos:

Newsgroups: comp.unix.msdos
Subject: Re: Public domain unix for PC's ?
Message-ID: <>
From: (Hakkarainen Kimmo)
Date: 8 Jan 92 12:44:39 GMT
Sender: (#Kotilo NEWS system )
References: <>
Distribution: comp
Organization: Tampere Univ. of Technology, Finland.
In-Reply-To:'s message of 8 Jan 92 04: 17:37 GMT
Lines: 78 (Allan Adler) writes:

> Is there one ? If so, where can I get it ?

~ lehtori>finger
Login name: torvalds In real life: Linus Benedict Torvalds
Directory: /home/kruuna/tkol/torvalds Shell: /bin/tcsh
Last login Wed Jan 8 09:47 on ttyp4 from LKS500
New mail received Wed Jan 8 12:25:56 1992;
unread since Wed Jan 8 07:55:00 1992
Free UNIX for the 386 - coming 4QR 91 or 1QR 92.

The current version of linux is 0.11 - it has most things a unix kernel
needs, and will probably be released as 1.0 as soon as it gets a little
more testing, and we can get a init/login going. Currently you get
dumped into a shell as root upon bootup.

Linux can be gotten by anonymous ftp from '' (
in the directory '/pub/OS/Linux'. The same directory also contains some
binary files to run under Linux. Currently gcc, bash, update, uemacs,
tar, make and fileutils. Several people have gotten a running system,
but it's still a hackers kernel.

Linux still requires a AT-compatible disk to be useful: people are
working on a SCSI-driver, but I don't know when it will be ready.

There are now a couple of other sites containing linux, as people have
had difficulties with connecting to nic. The sites are:
Tupac-Amaru.Informatik.RWTH-Aachen.DE (
directory /pub/msdos/replace (
directory /pub/linux

There is also a mailing list set up ''.
To join, mail a request to ''.
It's no use mailing me: I have no actual contact with the mailing-list
(other than being on it, naturally).

Mail me for more info:

Linus (torvalds@kruuna.Helsinki.FI)

0.11 has these new things:

- demand loading
- code/data sharing between unrelated processes
- much better floppy drivers (they actually work once in a while)
- bug-corrections
- support for Hercules/MDA/CGA/EGA/VGA
- the console also beeps (WoW! Wonder-kernel :-)
- mkfs/fsck/fdisk
- US/German/French/Finnish keyboards
- settable line-speeds for com1/2

Still lacking:
- init/login
- rename system call
- named pipes
- symbolic links

0.12 will probably be out in January (15th or so), and will have:
- POSIX job control (by tytso)
- VM (paging to disk)
- Minor corrections
~ lehtori>exit
script done on Wed Jan 8 14:39:15 1992

I hope this is answer to your question !

Kimmo Hakkarainen (

Fire, walk with me.

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Old 08-23-2020, 08:38 PM   #152
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1994 SUSE on a lot of floppy's, Took weeks Na Months to get some worthwhile software working, but then it was a steep learning curve.
The reason I kept trying is it crashed much' much' less than Windoze. 3 I think.
Life without Linux is like a life without joy.
Old 08-23-2020, 08:58 PM   #153
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This is a convoluted one for me to answer.

In the 90s, I was using a mix of Sun stuff on big iron (we still had that then) and a lot of Windows stuff on the desktop/workstations. However, being a geeky kinda guy, I played with Linux multiple times - but didn't "use" it for much of anything.

I'd keep poking at it, here and there, until the mid-2000s. In 2007, I sold and retired. It was not long after that I moved to Linux exclusively. I've used Linux exclusively ever since.

So, I'm not sure when I started using Linux.
Old 08-23-2020, 11:08 PM   #154
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I started using from 2013..using it at only embedded 2013
Old 08-24-2020, 04:45 AM   #155
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Early 1998 (Red Hat Linux 5.0)
Old 08-24-2020, 07:45 AM   #156
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1999 - I tested using the CDs offered with magazines dealing with Linux.
I tested using the CDs offered with magazines dealing with Linux.
Old 08-24-2020, 09:25 AM   #157
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I got really pissed of using Windows, always errors, always reinstall, always internet problems, getting slower and slower..
That time I choose S.u.S.E. Linux 5.1 as my first desktop distribution.
To be truth, I was not able to install it by myself. I was not able to choose the right option for Lilo.
And the whole installation took me very very long with Disk and CD-ROM. That time was no USB-memory-stick
After finishing the installation I need to set where to install the lilo boot manager.. failed.. Then I had to reinstall it again for hours. Again and again...
Until a guy, about 30 km away helped me.
Old 08-24-2020, 09:52 AM   #158
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Old 08-24-2020, 10:12 AM   #159
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2010 or maybe 2011
Old 08-24-2020, 11:55 AM   #160
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1998. I bought the boxed version of Redhat 5.2 at Price Club which is now Costco. It went on an IBM Aptiva with a 333mhz processor and 32mb of ram with Gnome as the GUI. LILO was the boot loader. Good times....
Old 08-24-2020, 11:59 AM   #161
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I had an Aptiva once. I can't remember now what I ran on it. It had a weird format with a separate box for media. Were they all like that?
Old 08-24-2020, 01:16 PM   #162
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circa 2000/2001
Old 08-24-2020, 04:07 PM   #163
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@ michael@actrix #151, my guess is 92-93?
I think it was 2010 here, still a lusr, but I feel like

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Old 08-29-2020, 11:54 AM   #164
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I first tried GNU/Linux in 2007 on a Live KNOPPIX CD. I first actually installed it at home in Feb-2008 (Ubuntu 7.10) so I chose that in the poll.
Old 08-29-2020, 11:38 PM   #165
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2001. Red Hat 7 "Seawolf"


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