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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Hating Linux since 1996
by biffuz on Sun 12th Apr 2009 10:18 UTC
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

The first time I tried Linux was around 1996, a Slackware with an 1.3 kernel if I remember. And this is were I started to hate Linux: it took a week and several reinstalls before I could make my S3 Trio-something card running at anything else than 320x200, it didn't know what to do with that strange card of mine with those "line in" and "line out" jacks, the scanner was supposed to be working but it gave no signs of life, I couldn't connect to the Internet even following my ISP's instructions step-by-step, and what's a printer???
Then I noticed that, even if I could turn it into something usable, there was nothing to do with it: no interesting games or desktop apps, boring developer tools, etc. A lot of network things, but I didn't have any network.

Instead, Win95 was just working and there were a lot of cool things to do.

So, I never managed to actually use Linux. Instead, I fallen in love with BeOS (hardware support still poor, but a lot of cool things to do), and now my main OS is OS X (works wonderfully + cool things).

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RE: Hating Linux since 1996
by GODhack on Sun 12th Apr 2009 10:28 in reply to "Hating Linux since 1996"
GODhack Member since:
2008-05-16

You should try Linux now again. For sure a lot of things changed since 1.x kernel.

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RE[2]: Hating Linux since 1996
by biffuz on Sun 12th Apr 2009 16:53 in reply to "RE: Hating Linux since 1996"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

The problem is, I no longer feel any need or desire to use any other OS other than OSX as my main OS, and Windows as my second. Well, actually I use Windows more than OSX, but only because of work and games - not exactly a choice of mine :-)
When I really want to play with an OS, my choice is Haiku. I have some machines with a partition or a virtual machine with Linux, but I use them rarely.

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I hated Linux in 1998
by zelrik on Sun 12th Apr 2009 14:13 in reply to "Hating Linux since 1996"
zelrik Member since:
2008-02-16

I really hated Linux the first time I tried it, the whole thing pissed me off. A nerd friend of mine told me how fun it was to use it, one day he tried to get me into it, he started to show me how to install it, the only thing I remember is him typing on his keyboard like mad and talking to me in another language (I think he was installing a LFS)...I eventually told him that this thing is not for me and left.

Today I use Ubuntu Linux and I like it.

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