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Corey
post Feb 26 2003, 01:22 PM
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How about a quick poll to get some community feedback going on. I would like to know, what was your very first exposure to linux. What distribution, version and year?


As for me, my very first exposure was in 1998 with Slackware 3.5 that I downloaded over my 14.4 modem with the help of someone I met on IRC. I won't tell you how long it took because I know of animals with a shorter life span then how long it took to download that sucker. I followed the install step-by-step, without a problem ( i actually kinda understood it all ). Then i got to the login screen, and got totally stumped.

I later on purchased redhat 5.2 and Mandrake 5.3 from cheapbytes for my second try at linux.


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post Feb 26 2003, 02:48 PM
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i started with redhat 5.1 in 1996-7? somewhere around there.
bought a boxed set from best buy.

installed it...tried to configure my video card and monitor
ended up overclocking my monitor, eventually burning it up
and burning up my video card.

i can remember the days of the black checkered affect rolling
across my monitor.

i cant tell you how many times i installed and re-installed..
but it wasnt till redhat 6.0 that i actually started to really
learn linux.

and just like tourettes...i spent many days downloading linux
over 56k dialup....on a good connection i could download 650M in
2 days...but the thing was my ISP disconnected i was using
at the time had a connection limit of 5 hours....so i had to find
first a ftp client that resumed downloads..plus waste a weekend
re-connecting to my ISP every 4.5 hours......
some people dont know how lucky they are to have DSL/CABLE
to download linux.....or other software.....although i have DSL now and once had cable...i dont miss dialup for anything....although i have it as a backup connection.....

oh and another thing...i downloaded the basic install disks for debian
and tried to do a net install over dial up....so just call me crazy

so there is the beginnings to my linux experience


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post Feb 26 2003, 02:59 PM
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Just this past few weeks. First I tried Mandrake 9.1. Liked it but did understand it.( using windows so long has fried my brain to anything new). Next I tried Red Hat 8.0. Wouldn't configure my network card and I couldn't get into the hardware manager.(kept closing on me). Now I am using Xandros and love it.(perfect for a noob). Just trying to figure out this little boot problem.
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post Feb 27 2003, 08:56 PM
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hi..
i have got my first bite of linux(redhat-7.3) in october 2002.i bought a pc.then i installed linux.my one senior even told me ,don't try to install it yourself, ur system will crash.(i am in 2nd year of B.tech (chemical engineering)).but
thank god i haven't paid much attention to his words.
one book redhat-linux in 24 hours was a great help for me at that time.i am yet struggling with the problem of my video card and sound card not supported.now in my college we have a good linux users group and i am a proud member of that group.just in the last meeting our group has decided to cover the whole city.(so it will not conduct its meeting in the college only).
well, i am yet learing and much i have to learn,but in the next semester i with my friend are going to do a project in device drivers for linux.
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post Feb 27 2003, 09:01 PM
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My first time with linux was around 1995 with Redhat 4.2. The very first time with Unix was in the 80's
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post Feb 28 2003, 07:40 AM
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*Clears the area*

Look out people, we got a senior citizen on our hands!


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post Mar 1 2003, 06:18 AM
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i start in 1998 using redhat 6.0 back then .i have a collection of linux redhat ver. 6.0 ,6.2 ,7.0,7.3, n 8.0. i also have suse but i hate it. but the easy linux to install for me was linux corel
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post Mar 3 2003, 02:19 PM
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Wow, do we wanna go into what distro's we have on cd?? Okay then, i'm at work, so I might be a little off, but here goes:

Redhat: 5.2, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 8.1beta
Mandrake: 5.3, 7.2, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1rc1
Slackware: 3.5, 7.0, 7.1, 8.0, 8.1
Debian: 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 3.0
Sorcerer: grimoire (i have no idea what version number it is)
Source Mage: grimoire (i have both sorcerer and sourcemage, don't know which is which right now)
SuSE: 8.0, 8.1
Gentoo: 1.2, 1.4
Corel Linux: 1.0, 1.2
DeMudi: 0.9beta
Knoppix: 3.1
LFS: 4.0 (packages and docs)
Yopper: 3.2.2rc4
Progeny 1.0
DAMP: 1.0 beta (This was project I was a part of for bit called "Distributed Athlon Mandrake Project" which was an athlon-optimized version of Mandrake 9.0. I'm not sure if the project got off the ground, but I got a cd of the beta)

So, there we go, that's a total of.....40 different Distro releases. Wow, i need a life.......

Oh yeah, and I also have other stuff like several releases of FreeBSD, Darwin X86 and more.


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post Mar 4 2003, 07:13 AM
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lol mandrake 9.0 , 2 hours ago
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post Mar 4 2003, 11:36 AM
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Redhat 5.4 on my Pentium 120 w/ 32mb ram. I remember i got everything installed and it took me 6 months of learning how to do everything before i got my ppp connection setup =).
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post Mar 5 2003, 09:31 AM
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ted, where have you been? Haven't seen you around in ages


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post Mar 6 2003, 11:10 AM
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i girl i dated back in my second year of high school....
her name was nicole


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post Mar 11 2003, 11:44 AM
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slack 3.5, then redhat 5.2, then slack 7 then slack 8.1 smile.gif
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post Mar 14 2003, 02:47 PM
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redhat 5.2??? a long while back from cheapbytes... couldn't understand a damn thing... picked I up again 2 years ago, and im just starting to pick it up.... still a mighty newbie though.
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post Mar 17 2003, 11:55 PM
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I had heard about Linux in high school but I'd never had any experiences with it until my friend convinced me to give it a try. My first experiences were challanging, but I think it's safe to say that using Linux can be very rewarding.

I spent a sleepless weekend surfing the internet trying to decide which distro to try first. I settled on Mandrake (I think mainly because all the distros with cool logos were for firewalls, servers, palm pilots, etc.).

Before I finally set my fingers to the keyboard to a functioning linux box I had crashed the install program twice and trashed my bootloader (why is fdisk /mbr not documented?!).

It ran slow, and because of the stupid winmodem I couldn't access the internet. I dug out the old 33.3 dial up, but the service provider would just disconnect me.

I cleared Mandrake off and tried Red Hat... but I didn't like the install program (too much red; I don't like red; I like blue smile.gif) and went back to Mandrake with a smaller install which seemed to work better.

At this point my friend wanted to try out some other distros ... which of course ment that I had to, too! I think it was at this point where Partition Magic actually overlapped two partions when I installed Peanut Linux.

So yes, Linux can be very rewarding ... I learned all about fdisk /mbr, got a new 2.26Ghz Computer, and once someone was kind enough to tell me about zero-writting a drive I actually ended up with my set up now... a WinXP box and my Mandrake Box sharing the cable connection through a router.
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post Mar 17 2003, 11:56 PM
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QUOTE (irishaussy @ Mar 4 2003, 07:13 AM)
lol mandrake 9.0 ,   2 hours ago

Welcome aboard!

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post Mar 19 2003, 12:16 AM
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March 18th 2003. RedHat Linux 8.0
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post Mar 23 2003, 04:33 PM
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RedHat Linux 6.2 2 weeks ago, Pink Tie (Cheapbytes) Linux 8.0 this weekend.....

Still hunting down a pesky monitor problem..

Computers as a rule.. since 1984... Starting out with a Commodoire Plus/4 (Remember THOSE 64K RAM dinosaurs?)

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post Mar 27 2003, 07:16 PM
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I started linux ~2001 (not quite sure). I bought a copy of Mandrake 7.1 from cheapbytes. Although there were newer version, I was going for the cheapest (which was a mistake) for $3. I got it installed and the video settings were all screwed up, so I abandoned, it, but came back to it just a couple of months ago. Since, I have gotten cable modem and am able to download ISO's in a reasonable amount of time. So now I'm running Redhat 8.0, but plan to switch to 9 as soon as the ISOs are available for free.

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When I first wrote this post I think it was April, 2003... Since then I have gotten away from the becursed Redhat. I was running slack 9.0 for a while, just got slack 9.1 within the last couple of months, and am also running an LFS 5.0 system (which I think I might have already managed to screw up... SIGH). Anyway, I'm starting to like LFS a lot more than even slackware (which is my favorite distro) just because I can do whatever I want with it, plus it has standard boot procedures, unlike Slackware which has its own tweaked version of it.

Oh, and by the way, the first system I tried to run linux on was a 133Mhz Cyrix processor with 32Mb RAM, some ancient Matrox video card (PCI), and an even older Soundblaster (like AWE16 or something). Since I have gotten my new system, which is described in my signature below.


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I started on a 486-25mhz with 8 megs of ram. i had windows 3.1 which broke, and i didn't have enough money to buy an operating system. At the time i was using a dos comm program comitcomm dialing in directly to bbses and the unix server at college. i found and downloaded minix over a 14.4 and got it installed. it was awesome since i did it all by myself, and i didn't have to use disks. I had previously owned a tandy 1000 and it was all graphical. cosmetically, it was a huge step back from the tandy to the 486, but since minix was free, it's all i would be able to afford. I found linux a few weeks later and i bought a magazine that had an old version of slackware and version 4.2 of redhat. I think the 2.0 kernel was just released. I messed up the install and eventually deleted everything on the drive (dos, comm program). i was then stuck in linux, without the internet. holy crap what a pain in the ass for a first-timer custom writing shell scripts and editing files on a newly installed system. about 2 weeks later, and about 8 skipped days in college, and i got it dialed up with minicom into the school's unix machine. it was cake after i got X installed a few weeks later. 8 years later, i'm a senior unix admin at an isp and providing the very service that i found in college. ironic that it's still my only major hobby, as well as my job. that means 14-16 hours a day in front of a computer.
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