Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Sat 11th Apr 2009 20:55 UTC
Linux Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at Computer World asks himself when he first started using Linux after attending the Linux Foundation Summit where several others were asked the same question. The Linux Foundation has posted a video of some of the answers; boy, do I feel young.
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Since about 1994
by cybervegan on Sat 11th Apr 2009 22:23 UTC
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I was working as a computer technician at a university, when a colleague installed an early release of slackware on a spare 386 we had in our lab. It took him ages to download all the floppies using Kermit, and when he eventually got it going (with xfree86 too) the most interesting thing about it to me was the screen-savers!

We played round on this a fair bit over the next year or so, but it wasn't until a year or two later that I then managed to get hold of the first version of the book Red Hat Linux Unleashed, which came with an installation CD. It was often a pain getting a boot floppy that had the right cd drivers on it, but I got it installed on my home PC and eventually got a network running too.

Later (about 1997) I designed and ran our first "net-lab" - a suite of networked PC's separated from the campus network, which was intended for teaching network operating systems, amongst which was RedHat, probably v2 or 3.

Been using it for "fun" ever since, moving from RH to Mandrake and then to Ubuntu, but trying various others along the way too (Fedora, CentOS, Debian...). Now, for my sins, I'm the pet linux geek at an IT consultancy in West Bromwich.

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