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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 07-03-2013, 03:07 AM   #106
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mine was ubuntu 2006
first time i didn't even know what is ubuntu and linux
I just installed it (my friend said it was easy LOL)
Old 07-03-2013, 07:03 AM   #107
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Mandriva was the first distro i attempted to install. The installer seemed to forget where the optical drive was on my computer during install, and i never successfully got it running. Ubuntu 10.10 was the next distro i tried and it was surprisingly easy to install after the bad expectations Mandriva had given me.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:22 AM   #108
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Originally Posted by markush View Post
There's Slackware missing
Well, the most stable is Slackware and after you once tried it out you will stay with it (like most of us)

Must try Slackware, never done before !
Old 07-03-2013, 09:29 AM   #109
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My first dive into the world of Linux was with Fedora Core 1 which came with the book Linux For Non-Geeks.
Old 07-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #110
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Ubuntu 8.10

Old 07-03-2013, 10:52 AM   #111
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Slackware 95, that means slackware 2.0 maybe, it was the first one in CD format, and shipping to Colombia takes about 1 month... Installation another month... To get X running about 3 months more... I end installation when Slackware 96 arrives!!!
Old 07-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #112
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Red Hat 6.0

Red Hat 6.0 was my first. I was a novice, having just bought my first ever computer only months before that came with Win 95 First Edition that crashed daily, taught me quickly what a BSOD was and how to access the internet through DOS when Windows would not load. I was thinking of switching the OS, but Red Hat 6 was NOT designed for a new computer user, so I ended up dual booting for years. At one time I was quad booting Win95, WinXP, Linux and the Sun Operating system at the time, which took a LOT of tweeking to get to run on an Intel machine. Sun had ported the OS to Intel, but it was full of bugs.

Right now I have two machines dual booting, one has Ubuntu, the other has Mint.
Old 07-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #113
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So it seems many of us started with RH 6.0. And I bet most of us who tried Turbo Linux was because it came free with our routers.
Old 07-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #114
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Question I think I must be wrong - the facts simply do not corroborate each other

Originally Posted by markush View Post
Very interesting that must have been earlier then my first Slackware, how much RAM did your old machine have.?
I had about 56 floppies and kernel was 1.0, machine a 486SX with 8MB of RAM, but my kernel built in about 2-3 hours (iirc), this was in march 1994.
The machine had 2 or 4MB RAM, and 100MB hard disk as I recall. Funny thing is, I know I still have some Slackware 3 floppies with the 1.2.13 kernel lying around, and I think maybe I was getting kernel versions and Slack versions muddled. It would have been late '93, 94 or early '95, but during those 18 months there were a lot of different Slack releases according to one documentary source. It definitely involved separate disk sets, so that was - at earliest - 1.1.0 in late '93. I think I must have mis-labelled something, because I have a definite picture in my mind of a boot floppy with "0.93a" on the label...
Old 07-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #115
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My first linux distro was Mepis. I had no idea how to use it, I think I was about 13 at the time. About three years later or so, I gave this "linux" another go with Ubuntu. I ended up ditching Ubuntu for Debian which I preferred greatly. I used Debian for a couple years, and eventually graduated to Slackware. I'm currently 22 and I have been using Slackware for about 2 years as my only operating system. There were long bouts of using Windows in the mix there. Dark days those were.
Old 07-03-2013, 05:37 PM   #116
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My first distro was Quantian, a pre-cooked Knoppix variant that came loaded with math, statistics and science packages, and cluster support. I then moved to Ubuntu 6.10, and stayed with that until Natty. I moved to Slackware and CrunchBang. I have not looked back.
Old 07-03-2013, 08:14 PM   #117
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There's a list of all Slackware releases here.
Old 07-04-2013, 08:10 AM   #118
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SLS 1.3 from all the 40 + DSDD floppies ( A to Y + Interview ) distributed by Linux enthusiasts about to start the local Linux User Group.

Whatever happened to Peter McDonald ? Very difficult to get new info on him since Wikipedia's deletion.
Do you think he would be reading this ? We know where Pat Volkerding is.

mcct, ex-member Singapore Linux Users Group.
Old 07-04-2013, 10:56 AM   #119
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Originally Posted by replica9000 View Post
So it seems many of us started with RH 6.0. And I bet most of us who tried Turbo Linux was because it came free with our routers.
I started with turbo linux because it was sold in Future Shop, for $29.95 and it had a $40 mail in rebate. In my mind I was paid $5 to learn how to install and use linux.
Old 07-04-2013, 06:50 PM   #120
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Hi replica9000

Oops typing error. I meant nineties and 2000's.


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