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: An old fogey
by hurdboy on Mon 13th Apr 2009 13:30 UTC in reply to "An old fogey"
hurdboy
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2005-09-02

Would have been late '94/early '95 for me, too. Coming from OS/2.

I *think* I was running SLS or a very, very early Slackware release (which my godfather had mailed me on about 30 floppies), but switched to a 1.x version Slackware after I found it on CD in a bookstore. Central Pennsylvania wasn't exactly a computing hotbed.

Used it pretty regularly until about '97, when I got off the Unix (and pretty much computers, in general) bandwagon for about a year and a half. Work, school, girls were bigger time occupiers....

In college, however (97-02), I used a variety of different things. Pretty much everything important on campus ran on either SunOS/Solaris or OSF/Tru64. I also used OPENSTEP (on real NeXT hardware, even) in some of the computer labs early on. Towards the end of my time in college, I was using Debian on my home stuff, RedHat at school.

Since then, I've branched out quite a bit. I became friends with a group of BSD fanatics, which led me through the various BSD flavors. I admit that I really have developed a fondness for NetBSD, in particular. I also bought a Macintosh around the time that OS X 10.1 was released, and have had various macs around since. Screwing around with old Apple and Sun hardware is part of the reason I've grown to like NetBSD so much. When I first tried it, my response was, "Is this all there is?" Yeah, in the base install, that's all there is. But it's amazingly consistent, and what works on one platform, with a very few exceptions, works exactly the same on another. That's not the case with Linux (try installing on PA-RISC, sometime).

These days, I still run mostly Debian on my Linux machines. Do have a couple of MythTV boxes running Ubuntu.

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