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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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Slax Live CD In 2007
by nickelbackro on Sun 12th Apr 2009 14:19 UTC
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Well I'm a lot later to the game than most of you, but that is purely because i didn't have internet access until 2007 (I grew up poor) and even then all i had was Netzero so i could do research for college.

I had used pretty much every MicroSoft OS since DOS 3.3 on my old Tandy 1000TX (used it unitl 1999) all the way to Windows XP (as well as a few old BASIC based 1980's machines and a system 7.1 Mac laptop that crashed after a month). I used to scrounge old computers off friends who were throwing them out. I mostly used them so i could play games, and as such I had lots of experience with configuring old machines with Windows.

One day i was looking into alternative OSes and was in love with the concept of Linux (mostly because it was free as in beer) running on a live cd and some outdated website recommended Slax, a Slackware derived live cd with KDE 3.X. As i had dial up I headed to my college's computer lab with my 1gig flash drive in hand and downloaded the iso burned it with nero and restarted my computer.

I was severely disappointed. 640X480 in 256 color mode no audio, no modem, and no access to my NTFS partition. I abandoned linux.

Fast Foward to 6 months later and after some research (on more updated websites) i learned about using Ubuntu 8.04 with a Wubi installer (Didn't want to risk my Windows partition and didn't know Gparted could safely resize NTFS).

By that time I had graduated so i didnt have access to my colleges high speed network but was so happy Ubuntu had the Ship-It program for people with slow internet connections.

6 weeks later i had in my hands a brand new Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS CD and I rushed to install it, Monitor support was still poor but it worked with the open source 2D nvidia drivers (my monitor was a CRT from 1995) and modem support still wasn't there, tried installing a driver but it was tough as i didnt know about dependency resolution using tarballs or even how to sudo. So i booted back into windows over 100 times to look up every answer to my questions on command line and driver stuff and was told to basically give up on modem support especially considering Netzero uses a proprietary dialer program.

I left Ubuntu on my drive however just to have to experiment with. A couple months later I got a Job where i met a friend who had a lot of Linux experience who showed me the ropes. I also was finally able to afford High speed and have been enjoying Ubuntu ever since, I now have a real partitioning setup and a dual booted system and mostly go into Ubuntu for web surfing and music and XP for games and CD to AAC ripping/encoding in iTunes.

I've also done quite a bit of distro hopping in my time with linux but always seem to come back to Ubuntu. I crashed my XP parition in that time (my fault for not backing up my menu.lst file before doing a dist-upgrade to 8.10 and manually rewriting the boot command wrong) but i have loved every moment of learning a brand new OS (with the best command line ever, beating out my old DOS by a mile) after years of Windows only use.

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