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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Started with Unix first
by chemical_scum on Sun 12th Apr 2009 02:32 UTC
chemical_scum
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2005-11-02

I started with Unix when I was a grad student back in the late eighties. SunOS 3 (BSD based), System V on a MIPS workstation and AIX on an old IBM RiscStation used as scientific workstations.

Throughout the nineties I dreamed of having a Unixlike OS on my home PC, like some of the other posters here it wasn't until about '98 that I heard about Linux. I didn't take the plunge until 2000 when I installed Caldera OpenLinux 2 which I had got by buying a Teach Yourself book on Linux with the installation CD and I set it up dual boot with Win 98. That only lasted a few months until the system I had it on died. It didn't support the video card on my new system, so I installed RH 6 which I got from the CD with a Book I had out on loan from the library which worked fine.

In 2002 I moved to Mandrake 8.2 which worked a treat everything you had to struggle with in RH just worked. I stayed with Mandrake for nearly four years running through a number of updates. I found that instabilities developed with it over times. and at the end of 2005 my system died the file system failed and Mandrake was unable to reinstall any type of file system. I thought I had a hardware problem but as a last resort I tried a copy of Ubuntu Breezy which I had got from Shipit to to try and it installed with no problem. I didn't have a hardware problem I had a Mandrake problem.

I am sitting with Hardy LTS at the moment as I don't see a need to upgrade to Intrepid, though I will probably go with 9.04. I use my system both as a home office machine and as a scientific workstation with a powerful collection of free chemistry software I use for work related problems.

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