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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already so long ..
by poohgee on Sat 11th Apr 2009 22:49 UTC
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"Winmodems, anyone?." : muda
Oh yeah ! - getting some damn life out of these things .. ;)

For me it is a bit less than 10 years ago .

SuSE 8.1 bought in the shop with manuals (in blue AFAIR).
Except for short durations of being on Vectorlinux or Live-CDs ,I have been a reasonably happy Chameleon since (SuSE 11.1 - Windowmaker) .

For me the reason was a butchered partition table by using Windows fdisk one time too many .

The idea of OSS I also found very interesting at the time .

Quite incredible how far Linux and OSS in general has spread in the meanwhile .

I remember reading that suppossedly Linux could show up hardware failures earlier because it talked to the hardware more aggressivly ;) - and of course : Never ! log in as root !

BTW was the first regular geek site i visited & have daily for the last 9 years or so - just had to register to comment a few years later .

Edited 2009-04-11 22:53 UTC

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RE: already so long ..
by StephenBeDoper on Sat 11th Apr 2009 23:54 in reply to "already so long .."
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Quite incredible how far Linux and OSS in general has spread in the meanwhile .

That's for sure. When I first played around with Linux: I had to manually change IRQs to get my network card working, it took about 6 hours of effort just to get X up and running, Netscape Navigator was the only "decent" available GUI browser, I ended up using PINE because every GUI mail client I tried required a local mail spool (aka, they couldn't connect to POP3 or SMTP servers directly), and there was the LILO issue with booting a Linux installation if the partition was past the 1024th cylinder.

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RE: already so long ..
by isaba on Tue 14th Apr 2009 08:39 in reply to "already so long .."
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Wow, we're almost "twin soulx" ;)
My first fully operational distro was SuSE 8.2. Now using Opensuse 11.1 + Windowmaker (ok, I admit sometimes also KDE)

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