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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KNOPPIX.
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 12th Apr 2009 06:32 UTC
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I first "heard" of Linux somewhere between 1998 and 2000. It wasn't clear what it was though; what I heard of was Red Hat Linux. I didn't yet know that there was an entire, vast world of different Linux distros at the time. I was running Windows 95, 98, or 98SE; probably one of the newer two. Attempted installing it, and I was successful, but I quickly removed it and reinstalled Windows. To be honest, I don't think I gave it a fair chance.

Around 2002-2004, I heard that word again... Linux. I regained interest. I started reading about it, how partitioning works in it and the filesystem, and found out about DistroWatch. Long story short, KNOPPIX (the early 3.x vesions) truly got me started with Linux; an easy way to boot from CD and not touch my hard drive. I used it to learn Linux.

I started visiting Slashdot, and became a distro-hopping maniac thanks to the help of DistroWatch, after lots of reading of partitioning and how the different operating systems view disks. Once I felt comfortable about partitioning and formatting, and generally installing a Linux distribution, SUSE 9.x showed me that you could have a nicely-done graphical desktop fully installed quite easily.

By 2006, I was switched fully over to Linux, first using Zenwalk and experimenting with KateOS, and finally deciding to switch to Ubuntu partially for its larger repositories. I'm still on Ubuntu right now, considering switching to another distro that's lighter on resources. Possibly Debian or Slackware, and I might give the new Zenwalk a try.

One of the primary reasons I left Zenwalk in the first place (along with the desire of a larger repository) was a longstanding bug that would cause it to lock up randomly while booting. I know its repo is larger than it was, and if this bug is fixed it'd be nice to use it again. Now I'm dying to try the new version of Xfce, but am too nervous to make such a change to my system out of nowhere. And I barely have the memory to run Ubuntu, let alone VirtualBox.

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