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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2000 SuSE->Gentoo
by reez on Sun 12th Apr 2009 22:24 UTC
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It was 2000 IIRC. I started with SuSE (they had Redhat and SuSE in store). At this time, my father said something about it and I "forced" (please, please, please, ...) him to buy it.
Okay, well. I really liked the xeyes thing, but it was a bit over my head. But only after a few months I really started. I tried tons of distribution, man there already were that much these days. At first I stayed away from all those "for experienced users only" versions, but then I thought "Hey, what could happen?" and you know, with about ten years of age (wow, I was young back then) you want to be a real kewl haxx0r. As I said, I was ten and matrix was in the cinemas ;)

So I tried all those expert distributions until I found Gentoo. Having no installer, I had to try a bit harder, but damn the manual was that good, I eleven or twelve and I got it installed. With genkernel, but I did it. After a while I also compiled my first kernel, did a stage2 and a stage1 install, because it's kewl, isn't it?

I tried some other distros and a distro called h3knix or something, where I learned a lot about Linux. Since 2005 I'm (also) using BSD.

To sum it up: If even a ten year old kid is able to install Gentoo, without installer and all on its own how can someone say Linux is hard? *g*

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