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View Poll Results: What Was Your First Linux Distro?
Arch 3 0.19%
Bodhi 0 0%
CentOS 23 1.49%
Damn Small 6 0.39%
Debian 77 4.97%
Fedora 65 4.20%
Gentoo 9 0.58%
LFS 0 0%
Knoppix 37 2.39%
Lindows 4 0.26%
Mageia 0 0%
Mandrake 145 9.37%
Manjaro 2 0.13%
MEPIS 12 0.78%
Mint 39 2.52%
Novell 3 0.19%
openSUSE 30 1.94%
Other 60 3.88%
PCLinuxOS 16 1.03%
Puppy 12 0.78%
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 14 0.90%
Red Hat Linux 280 18.09%
Sabayon 0 0%
Scientific 0 0%
Slackware 292 18.86%
SLS 14 0.90%
Sorcerer 1 0.06%
SuSE 110 7.11%
Turbolinux 7 0.45%
Ubuntu 236 15.25%
Vector 3 0.19%
Yellow Dog 6 0.39%
Yggdrasil 17 1.10%
Zorin 2 0.13%
Conectiva 4 0.26%
Linspire 4 0.26%
Mandriva 15 0.97%
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:28 PM   #586
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You should be looking at it this way like me , any distro based on Debian is actually a Debian Distro. So the numbers of all of those should be included in Debian.
Maybe, but I started on Xubuntu for a few years, then Ubuntu, but now I am on Debian - from my point of view Debian has the benefits without the hassle and instability.
 
Old 09-07-2019, 02:06 AM   #587
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It was 2011/12, and it was Xubuntu.

I'd been dabbling in re-installing windows on hand-me-down laptops for a while.

My girlfriend had written her thesis on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
I thought this was a sweet desktop (gnome2 at the height of its development, with those beautiful humanity themes), and it had a torrent client built right into it!
I wanted to install the current version 11.10 (I had no clue about what LTS meant back then) and was utterly disappointed by the switch to Unity.
So I went to Xubuntu straight away

I voted Ubuntu.

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Old 09-07-2019, 08:20 PM   #588
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My First Distro

Hello,
My first distro was Slackware where the kernel was 0.9. I am not sure what version that would be.
Micah J. Kimbrough
 
Old 09-07-2019, 09:18 PM   #589
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Caldera Network Desktop in the late 1990's. Switched out to Debian after it folded into SCO

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Old 09-08-2019, 12:30 PM   #590
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I think it was back in 1998 or 1999 when I decided to give Linux with SuSE Linux for my company a try. After bothering with configuration and YaST for a day, our first Linux server was online for the first time. Time was running fast and looking at the clock, I remembered having to pick up my son from the train station. I had to leave. The server connected to the network. Well, it's in the DMZ I thought, and Linux is safe; don't worry the word virus doesn't exist, my colleague said.

The next morning the bad surprise: twenty years ago, after only one night, our server got hacked! Well, it was not a virus, it was a root kit. Never heard that before. We stopped the project and left Linux whenever it played a role to those experts who did a better job.

It took me about 10 years to get back on Linux myself. Today I am a big fan of Linux (Ubuntu/Debian) and use it for all server or container projects and much more.
 
Old 09-09-2019, 04:06 PM   #591
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Talking My First LInux

My first Linux was Red Hat 5.2 I liked it a lot
 
Old 09-09-2019, 06:07 PM   #592
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I tried Fedora Core the first time back around 2000 if I remember correctly, and struggled with drivers for my hardware, but loved the tinkering it needed to work correctly. Still use Fedora 30 Workstation today, and it is better than ever. Completely seamless for me, and the app selections are fantastic. I almost use it completely over Windoze today.
 
Old 09-10-2019, 01:42 AM   #593
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That'd be Ubuntu 9.04, IIRC in october 2009. Installed it as wubi, and a few months later I realized I had never used windows since. So I reformatted the hard drive, and installed only Ubuntu, and never looked back. Later on it was Crunchbang, and then Fedora xfce with Openbox.
 
Old 09-10-2019, 01:55 AM   #594
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^ Crunchbang was also mine for a long while; what remained to this day is a simple openbox environment. Openbox' manual tiling capabilities are unbeatable.
 
Old 09-10-2019, 01:58 AM   #595
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Absolutely. I loved #!. Openbox I still love...
 
Old 09-14-2019, 07:29 PM   #596
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My first distro was GNewSense. Back then I was just a humble Windoze user who had heard a friend mention something called, "Linux". I have no idea how; but, while looking into this, "Linux", thing I had heard of, I had discovered the 'gnu.org' website. It was a strange place that talked about a free operating system and there was a picture of a flying humanoid GNU and a penguin. I remember thinking, "wow!" "I can download this awesome operating system, for free?" "Where do I get it?"

Apparently it took some time before I finally stumbled upon a page with a list of operating systems for download. There was one called, "GNewSense (2.?)", and it had a neat logo of some kind of asian character(s) atop a tree or what not. After some time I eventually figured out how to get this, "live cd", to boot on my machine, and, after some more time, found out how to get past the login screen. For some reason or another it wasn't able to connect to the Internet through my wifi; so, I played around a bit and was absolutely enchanted by this new graphical environment. I was absolutely amazed; but, after that, due to no Internet connection and a limited set of programs, I gave up on it.

Later on, some one at a computer shop told me about, "Ubuntu", when I asked them about this mysterious, "Linux", thing. So I found Ubuntu (10.04 LTS), installed it, and managed to get Internet working on it somehow, even though the driver was buggy. Again, I was met with an AMAZING experience. The delightfully different artwork, logos, boot screens, desktop environment, sound effects were so awesome. Everything was new again and there was so much to learn and discover. At the time I was also teaching myself C programming and the wealth of new tools available to me, for that, was great. The Internet connections would cut out about every 5 minutes and then resume due to a buggy driver; but, ever since then, I've gradually stepped farther and farther away from Windoze.

It may seem silly; but, discovering what "Linux" was and now understanding what, "GNU", is, well, the whole thing was an amazing adventure. Absolutely wonderful. A big thnx to everyone who has contributed to the progression of free software.

Maybe it will be like that in the future if workers ever get collective autonomy over the companies they work for, or form their own. I could see a Walmart or Amazon employee leaving to become a worker/owner at a new company and being amazed. "We get treated like human beings here?" "Amazing." Politics and reality always manages to settle in with everyone else; but, c'est la vie.

Cheers.

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