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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RE: Ufff
by Doc Pain on Sun 12th Apr 2009 18:15 UTC in reply to "Ufff"
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The first one was Slackware, purchased around 1994 from Walnut Creek CD-Rom.

Something similar here: Slackware on 2 CDs from a "POWER!-CD LINUX" published by Sybex along with a magazine for the price of 29,95 DM (ISBN 3-8155-9901-6 EAN 9783815599013, if someone is interested). It featured kernel 2.0.32, X 3.1.1 and Slackware 3.4.

To me, this was the first time when everything in my computer worked exactly as intended, and much faster than before. Software like LaTeX made it easy for me to create documents with formulars that looked excellent (on a HP Laserjet 4). Even utilizing a floppy tape streamer was no problem, and graphics was fast. Especially for multimedia purposs it was great. Remember that it was the hardware of those times (usually along with DOS + "Windows 3.1" or "Windows '95"), and leaving compiling & co. aside, today's computer don't "feel" significantly faster to me...

Later on, I tried other Linux distros, but found that I liked Slackware most.

Then a break, total switch to FreeBSD around 2000, ][...]

Another interesting parallel, for me with FreeBSD 4.0 the "end of Linux" arrived, and I did the complete switch.

[...] then back to Linux in 2006. One of my home servers is still running FreeBSD, along with a newer one running OpenSolaris.

Finally, I have to apologize that "Windows" was no topic for me - I never had it, I never used it. Coming from the mainframe (and had some UNIX experiences there), my PC times started with DOS. I made the DOS work "like UNIX" with tools like NDOS.COM (Norton provided nice utilities in the distant past), and after that wasn't enough for me, I switched to Linux, and later on to FreeBSD. Solaris and IRIX accompanied my "career", but I always have to say thank you to Slackware which I may consider the basic source of my UNIX knowlegde - the beginning of the learning journey. English language, programming, standardization... the roots of evil. :-) No no, honestly. If this particular Linux hadn't raised my interest in computers, I would surely soon had kicked the stupid stuff out of my room. :-)

And today, when I think I should pay more attention to what's going on in Linux world, I sometimes consider to build a machine and give some Linux, maybe Slackware, another spin. Reading OSNews, I'm always impressed about how good Linux develops. But there are things where FreeBSD and Solaris are simply better, and now I have the "problem" that especially these things do matter to me. While Linux is superior to other operating systems in many regards, I would wish that it improves in those things, and then I would surely use it regularly again. But again, it's just that I'm too lazy to switch again. =^_^=

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