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View Poll Results: What Was Your First Linux Distro?
Arch 1 0.08%
Bodhi 0 0%
CentOS 19 1.48%
Damn Small 5 0.39%
Debian 65 5.06%
Fedora 56 4.36%
Gentoo 9 0.70%
LFS 0 0%
Knoppix 33 2.57%
Lindows 3 0.23%
Mageia 0 0%
Mandrake 126 9.81%
Manjaro 0 0%
MEPIS 12 0.93%
Mint 25 1.95%
Novell 3 0.23%
openSUSE 23 1.79%
Other 51 3.97%
PCLinuxOS 12 0.93%
Puppy 9 0.70%
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 13 1.01%
Red Hat Linux 233 18.13%
Sabayon 0 0%
Scientific 0 0%
Slackware 242 18.83%
SLS 11 0.86%
Sorcerer 1 0.08%
SuSE 90 7.00%
Turbolinux 6 0.47%
Ubuntu 195 15.18%
Vector 1 0.08%
Yellow Dog 5 0.39%
Yggdrasil 14 1.09%
Zorin 2 0.16%
Conectiva 4 0.31%
Linspire 3 0.23%
Mandriva 13 1.01%
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:08 AM   #76
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Slackware from V3 and I am still using Slackware.
It would be of great interest to know if the initial distro used is the distro used today.
So for example, if not, is the first used distro a "learning" distro? What is the reason of the change?
Old 07-02-2013, 01:31 AM   #77
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I ticked SUSE, since I started at a time (about SuSE 6.3), when there was no openSuSE. That was then a consumer version like openSuSE is today and one paid for the boxed version about 60 D-Marks (must have been around the year 2000). It had a set of very good printed and bound manuals of really good quality. I'm still with openSuSE...
Old 07-02-2013, 02:25 AM   #78
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Ubuntu was the first...

Mandriva, OpenSuse, VectorLinux, Sabayon, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, BhodiLinux, Lubuntu, Mepis, PclinuxOS, Fedora, Peppermint, LinuxMint, Antix... And a few other Linux distro's for tsting.
NOW Bhodi is running on my computer.
Before i can now what's the most stable and best Linux for me, i have to buy a new computer with more power, like 1TB.
Old 07-02-2013, 02:37 AM   #79
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Originally Posted by Mefisto View Post
Mandriva, OpenSuse, VectorLinux, Sabayon, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, BhodiLinux, Lubuntu, Mepis, PclinuxOS, Fedora, Peppermint, LinuxMint, Antix... And a few other Linux distro's for tsting.
There's Slackware missing
NOW Bhodi is running on my computer.
Before i can now what's the most stable and best Linux for me, i have to buy a new computer with more power, like 1TB.
Well, the most stable is Slackware and after you once tried it out you will stay with it (like most of us)

Old 07-02-2013, 03:04 AM   #80
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First Linux Distro

I voted for Fedora 'cos it was the first full distro I used, but first linux contact was CentOS which came packaged with Digium's Asterisk VoIP PBX free download.
Now using Ubuntu
Old 07-02-2013, 03:15 AM   #81
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Slackware 4.0, I think it was in 1999.
Old 07-02-2013, 03:44 AM   #82
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My First Linux

I first installed Linux on an older HP desktop. Windows had bombed out on it, and I'd just received my first copy of Linux Format with the DVD of Ubuntu 11.10. After installing it on the older PC, I was over the moon with the results, and the computer no longer ran slow. Oh, I know I could probably have improved it with a bit of effort, but it all came down to the operating system, which Ubuntu solved admirably for me. I've updated it several times up to 13.04. I now run Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon on my lapt-top. Why is it SO difficult to convince other PC users to switch to Linux? They seem to be cemented in a concrete block with 'Windows' on it, and there's no freeing them from it! Very sad!
Old 07-02-2013, 03:57 AM   #83
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I was in my college and the Unix lab assistant provided me with one cd of Ubuntu and one of RHEL 4. I decided to go with RHEL as I was planning to undergo RCHE.
Later on I stuck to Fedora until Slackware 13.37. Never looked back since.

Old 07-02-2013, 04:59 AM   #84
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My first distro was Caldera OpenLinux 2.3. Caldera later morphed into SCO.
Mine, too. Used it for two years on an Amstrad PC. Eventually retired in favour of Red Hat.
Old 07-02-2013, 05:24 AM   #85
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I bought a CD of Yggdrasil in 1995. I had been using both SCO Unix and SCO Xenix for some years, but the Yggdrasil made me an instant convert. I think that Slackware and Red Hat were the next ones I used.
Old 07-02-2013, 05:58 AM   #86
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Slackware seems to be leading the poll at the moment. A lot of the others on the list weren't around when I started with Slackware. Would be interesting to know when people started using Linux for the first time - I'll suggest that at
Old 07-02-2013, 07:05 AM   #87
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:11 AM   #88
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I started with Ubuntu 8.04. We now use Ubuntu 12.04 on my 8 year old desktop and my wife's 5 year old laptop. The 4 year old netbook runs Linux/Mint Mate 13. My plan will be to migrate all three systems to Mate in due course. I am less interested in state of the art Linux than stability for the applications we need LibreOffice, Shotwell, Gimp, Gramps, Thunderbird and Firefox.
Old 07-02-2013, 07:21 AM   #89
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Red Hat 5.2 in 2001. It was on an old magazine coverdisc, and I installed it on the PC I was building from secondhand parts, to see if Linux would work for me. Installed and ran first time, and I was mightily impressed. Everything loaded and ran fast and looked good, and it was nothing like Windows (but I repeat myself ). I remember liking the choice of WMs (especially Windowmaker), and the way the three mouse buttons all had different effects when I clicked them on a scroll bar.

For the finished system I wanted an up-to-date version, and decided to try out Mandrake 8.0. That was, shall we say, more educational - but I got there in the end.
Old 07-02-2013, 07:26 AM   #90
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SuSe 9.1 in August of 2004.


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