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Old 03-23-2017, 04:27 PM   #31
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1990 perhaps, though I can't remember exactly. It was a very early version of RedHat. Originally to allow me to compile my own C programs, but soon used it for demonstration purposes for the Operating Systems module I was teaching.
Lame excuse I was compiling my own C programs using Borland's Turbo C in the late 1980s
 
Old 03-23-2017, 06:55 PM   #32
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I’ve also seen a few posts from members here, talking about buying Red Hat install discs at Best Buy.
I'm one who bought RedHat 4 and 5 at Best Buy, and a bit later SuSE 9. Mostly to get the install media and manuals, in those days of 2400 baud modems downloading a large amount of data was pretty expensive (and slow).

Count me as another Turbo C owner too. (and Paradox)
 
Old 03-24-2017, 06:33 AM   #33
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Mr Macintosh seems to be right, though it seems to me strange that the date was as late as 1995. I got Red Hat discs free with a magazine. I replaced it with Slackware, then I think Mandrake before it became Mandriva. Then SUSE (bought the discs, I think) and stuck with it when it became openSUSE until the present (LEAP 4.2).
 
Old 03-24-2017, 06:39 AM   #34
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Technically when I downloaded a copy off the BBS the day after a friend did... first release... It had just popped up on the BBS, so released maybe 24 - 48 hours before hand...

I did have a psycho period that started 20 years ago and I always had a multi boot system... Still have an old AMD system with 8 distro's of linux(hasn't been turned on for 7 or so years)...

PS Damn I feel old, I didnt know Linus was younger than me, I always looked up to his skill and knowledge as being from an older person... Now I shall go back and get my chisel and slate...aaahhhh life is cruel...

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Old 03-24-2017, 09:38 AM   #35
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Mr Macintosh seems to be right, though it seems to me strange that the date was as late as 1995. I got Red Hat discs free with a magazine. I replaced it with Slackware, then I think Mandrake before it became Mandriva. Then SUSE (bought the discs, I think) and stuck with it when it became openSUSE until the present (LEAP 4.2).
I got that date from Wikipedia.
 
Old 03-27-2017, 05:15 PM   #36
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Back in 1990 - A memorable era of DOS
 
Old 03-27-2017, 05:34 PM   #37
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Hi,

Memory must be fading for some of you guys. Look at;
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Linux Distro Timeline <-'Ver. 7.6
Linux Distro TimeLine <- 'Ver. 11.10 (zoom capable)
SLS was the first around 1992, that is when Patrick started to modify SLS scripts which led to his first release in 1993 for Slackware.

Look at how many distributions have Slackware as a parent.

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:34 PM   #38
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When Did You Start Using Linux?

Walking butt naked through 15 miles of snow. That would be 2002

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Old 04-06-2017, 12:40 AM   #39
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I ran Windows my whole life from 3.1 to XP and never paid for it ever.

Then with 7, 8, etc... And genuine advantage getting their act together and actually forcing you to pay, I said screw it, not going to start now.

Been using Linux since. Took 2 years, but I went from 'banging my head on the keyboard' to 'quad head and everything loaded from shell scripts'. Anyone can do it.
 
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:25 PM   #40
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i started installing windows XP to hand-me-down laptops in ~2007, and soon heard of linux, but it wasn't until late 2011 i started using linux, after a brief stint with blackbox for windows
(and of course it was ubuntu)

to my justification i must say that i was completely without a computer from ~1996 until 2007, and before that i completed a vocational IT training on a DOS/Win3.1 machine
 
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Old 04-16-2017, 01:43 PM   #41
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2002
why windows 95
 
Old 04-16-2017, 07:31 PM   #42
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Hmmm...I think it was 1998 or 99.
 
Old 04-17-2017, 02:46 AM   #43
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I skipped using Windows as a primary OS after starting with PC-DOS 3.0 in 1984, adding DesqView with DOS 5 in 1990, then switched to OS/2 Warp 4 in 1997 after testing driving Windows and OS/2 in intervening years. 1999 first installed RedHat 5.1 from a ©2000 Linux book I bought. Didn't like Gnome so didn't use RH much. Tried both Corel 1.0 (in order to get WordPerfect for Linux), and Mandrake 7, in 2000, Xandros in 2004 & 5, then Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Kubuntu, Mandriva, Mageia & Mint in years since. 2002 made SuSE my Linux preference, but didn't switch from OS/2 to openSUSE as primary OS until 2009.

So, when did I start "using" Linux?
 
  


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