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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Slackware 3.x
by Isolationist on Sun 12th Apr 2009 10:09 UTC
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In was in the year 1996 when I first came across Linux at University, when starting a semester on Unix. I needed to get a copy, so purchased a book on Linux which came with Slackware 3.x Walnut Creek distro.

I remember been in two minds about paying £45 for this huge book, and was worried that Linux might be a 30-day free trial thing - lol. The concept of a free OS was new one to me at the time ...

It took me ages to get slackware working properly because it didn't recognize my external cdrom drive so couldn't get it installed, and i had to try each driver and play around with the module parameters until things worked.

Once I got that working, my next hurdle was getting X to work with my Cirrus Logic video card .. what a nightmare that was.

It was some months later that I managed to setup my modem with some pppd scripts, and managed to get internet access under Linux. I remember my shock when it worked and came up in my netscape browser ... from that day onwards I stopped using WIndows 95 as my main OS.

Looking back, things seemed more exciting back then with Linux as I certainly spent more time tweaking things and trying different window managers. These days I use Ubuntu as my main OS, but it doesn't have the appeal of the old days with slackware.

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