Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Feb 2009 14:50 UTC, submitted by QPounder
Linux What did the Linux world look like back in 2000? TuxRadar has republished a distribution round-up from Linux Format issue 1, May 2000. Many distributions such as SUSE, Mandrake and Red Hat are still around in various incarnations, but a few such as Corel and Definite have fallen by the wayside. Still, it does bring back some memories.
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*shudder*
by steampoweredlawn on Sun 8th Feb 2009 23:24 UTC
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I remember trying RedHat 6.1 back in 1999 or 2000 or so, looking for an alternative to my beloved but dying OS/2. I bought a shrinkwrapped package along with a copy of Corel's WordPerfect suite for Linux (v.8 IIRC). Got it installed, in VESA mode with no sound, and could not for the life of me figure out how to install WordPerfect. The 300+ page manual had no installation section, and my inquiries on forums and IRC were met with "RTFM n00b!". After numerous attempts at getting the sound working, I finally somehow succeeded, but then lost X. I gave Linux the middle finger, went back to OS/2 and didn't try again until the beta of PCLinuxOS 2007 came out, which worked amazingly well. The online community has become MUCH more helpful since then as well. Since then I've tried all the major distros and finally settled on Debian Lenny + KDE, which I wouldn't trade for anything except maybe FreeBSD, if/when Adobe ever releases a modern native Flash for it.

EDIT: typo

Edited 2009-02-08 23:25 UTC

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