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View Poll Results: What was your first Linux kernel version?
0.01 6 2.02%
0.02 - 0.99 52 17.51%
1.0.x 21 7.07%
1.2.x 30 10.10%
2.0.x 47 15.82%
2.2.x 48 16.16%
2.4.x 34 11.45%
2.6.x 30 10.10%
3.x 17 5.72%
4.x 12 4.04%
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:35 PM   #1
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What was your first Linux kernel version?

The LQ Poll series continues. This time we'd like to know, What was your first Linux kernel version? The poll has a limited number of wide ranging answers to make it manageable, but feel free to post the specific number in the thread.

Old 08-06-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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I had used several flavors of HP-UX, SYS-V, and AIX when I stumbled over a book that included a CD with a copy of RH Linux v4 with kernel 2.0.18. That was my first Linux kernel exposure, but certainly not my last.
Old 08-06-2018, 09:00 PM   #3
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Slackware 10 with 2.6.x.
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:14 PM   #4
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Slackware 2.0 (kernel 1.0.x) was my very first install of a Linux distro, way back in 1994, while I was in college for a Computer Science degree. We used Linux back then to learn UNIX programming and scripting.

I do not miss swapping in all of those 3.5” floppy disks during install, and praying that I wouldn’t get an unreadable sector on one of the last ones.


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Old 08-06-2018, 09:35 PM   #5
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0.99 Oh the Joy of seeing it boot for the first time!
Old 08-06-2018, 09:36 PM   #6
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Yggdrasil Linux, baby!

Yggdrasil Linux, baby! Man, Iím old. :/
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:44 PM   #7
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2.2 It was my first experience installing an OS. 9 Months previous I got my first computer and I had developed a poor attitude towards Windows 98. I could have done better than Mandrake for a start.
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Debian Rex, then RedHat 5.1 with the install language of Redneck (hoo-boy!). But later I went back to Debian with a Slink-an-a-half CD. nice.
Old 08-06-2018, 10:15 PM   #9
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2004 core 2.6.3 in Mandrake

Mandrake with 2.8.3 Still have the box and disks.
Old 08-06-2018, 10:59 PM   #10
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Kernel 2.4 was what is included with the Mandrake cd I purchased back in 2002.
Old 08-06-2018, 11:13 PM   #11
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Book remains, but disk is gone

Que published "Special Edition Using Linux with a CD-ROM including a 1.09 kernel and tons of
goodies. Dated 1995, it got me started with Slackware, then Red Hat and on to Debian and finally
Ubuntu. It's gotten so much easier to slap a system together. But it's all way ahead of my
Heathkit H-89 with dual floppies and 48K of ram. I built an accounting system on that which we used
for a few years with the baby sitting coop. Now the "babies" are an Amazon software engineer
and a John's Hopkins Applied Physics Lab acoustic engineer. Time flies.

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Old 08-06-2018, 11:18 PM   #12
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My memory fails me to remember the exact version, but it was (I *think*) the 2.x series. Beyond that, I can't remember - too long ago for my memory.

What was yours Jeremy?
Old 08-06-2018, 11:40 PM   #13
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Suse 5.0

I used S.u.s.e 5.0 (which from I forgot the Kernel Version). The Internet now shows me "2.0.30".
Actually the first Version I helped (finding Kernel Errors together with Matthew Dharm) was Kernel 2.4.0-test10-pre3.

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Old 08-07-2018, 12:32 AM   #14
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I had a couple versions of Linux I tried to use before I found one I could use, but that first successful install was Mandrake 8, using kernel 2.4.3. My first disk was Slackware, but I had to know the exact part number of every card in my computer before I could even begin to install it, so I passed. I think I had another one before I tried Mandrake. Sadly, Mandrake 9 crashed on my computer and I went back to Windoze for a while. I've made a few other excursions; I remember using Ubuntu 10.04 through the point where they introduced Unity (which would not even load on my computer, so back to Windoze). But the invasion of Win 10 and its accompanying security holes had me running back to Linux for good. (When I downgraded back to Win 7 and found the holes still there from 10...)
Old 08-07-2018, 12:45 AM   #15
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I started with SCO-Unix in 1993 (if I remember well), there were HP-UX, Solaris, Reliant Unix..., but I have no any idea when and how I met linux first and which distro/version was that. Maybe RedHat around 2000.


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