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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~1993
by danieldk on Sat 11th Apr 2009 21:44 UTC
danieldk
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2005-11-18

The first time I heard and had a copy of Linux. Being far too young, I failed to install it on our 2MB RAM machine. The year after it, we expanded our machine to 4MB RAM. Besides much rejoice that we could finally play Doom (I think that was really the motivation to beg my parents to buy more memory) I retried installing Slackware Linux, and that time it worked. Not long after I bought one of the first Linux books, and slowly started picking it up. This was pre-Slackware 2.0 at the very least. The years after I tried many distributions through the Infomagic Linux Developer's Resouce CD sets, though Slackware was my mainstay.

A few years later (apparently 1996) I bought a FreeBSD 2.1.6 CD set, which was incredably fun. We didn't have an Internet connection, I remember picking source tarballs from various CDs (Slackware and Infomagic CDs often came with TSX-11 and Sunsite snapshots) and trying to get them to compile with the FreeBSD ports tree.

Of course, compared to then, people are spoiled ;) , installing Linux is a breeze these days. Though, getting your sound server to work ok in all circumstances is a different story :p.

Edited 2009-04-11 21:45 UTC

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RE: ~1993
by Bruno the Arrogant on Sun 12th Apr 2009 00:33 in reply to "~1993"
Bruno the Arrogant Member since:
2009-03-19

I think that was about the same time I found it - 1992 or 1993. I was a mainframe guy who was tasked with supporting a small network of Sun boxes running a case tool. I was afraid to experiment on the Sun's, and I'd read some things about Linux in comp.os.unix. I downloaded SLS (the only distro available at the time), which took about a week over a 9600 baud modem, and installed it on an extra drive on a i386. It was pretty ugly and crude, and looked a lot more like a SunOS-BSD type unix than the SysV clone it eventually became. I think the kernel version was 0.99pl12, or some such....

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