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When did you come to Linux?

Post by MurphCID » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:54 am

I am curious, as to when people came to Linux. I got interested in Linux back in 2000 with Mandrake Linux. I bought a boxed copy from a computer store, and took it home, and installed it on one of my desktop computers. I was lost. I mean lost. It was so different from Windows 98, and the Linux community back then was very elitist and there was too much RTFM'ing, too much "you are just a (l)user because you cannot hack scripts, write code, cannot use the command line and install on bare metal. I was turned off. I was derided for using a "baby" distro like Mandrake, instead of Slackware, Debian, Red Hat or building from scratch.

I was actually banned from a linux board for asking questions, and pointing out how they were turning off people like me who wanted to use Linux, but needed help. I remember I had a second hand 33.6K modem in my computer that a buddy had given me when he had upgraded to a bleeding edge 56k V.90 modem. I was using a Cyrix 6x86 chip a 166 mhz. After I had such a bad experience, I left linux for almost a decade with the attitude of "F" those elitist bastiges.

I was utter revolted by the super elite attitudes I encountered. Then I tried SuSE linux around 2009-2010 and was under impressed, so I left Linux again, but I had noticed that the communities were no longer so "LEET", and much more willing to help newbies. So I had a better opinion of Linux. Then in 2012 or so, I found this thing called Ubuntu, and it was decent, I think it was version 11.04. Then I started seeing this thing called "Mint Linux. In the meantime I had updated to winders 7, and loved it. But there was a void, I needed to have filled. I played with installing some of the BSDs, no love there. Then I installed Mint around 2014 and it was version 17.1. I used an old Compaq laptop, and it worked. It just worked! I felt like I was accomplished, I felt some of the thrill from booting up my very first computer using DOS 1.1.

Then I found this board, and to my utter amazement, not only were the people nice, helpful, and patient with me, there was no elitist stink, no RTFM, no "how dare you not use command line, how dare you not be able to write scripts to make things work!". I felt like I was home. Thanks Mint.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by whm1974 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:15 pm

I first started with Red Linux back in 1998 and due to AoL being my ISP at the time I didn't stick with it. Then after Be Inc went belly up I switch to Mandrake in 2002. I finally ditch Windows completely in late 2014... And haven't looked back.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by MintBean » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:22 pm

First installed Ubuntu on a desktop around 2007. Kept with it for a year or so before returning to Windows. I was more into games back then and there just weren't enough to keep me interested. Came back again about 3 years ago with Mint and dumped Windows very quickly thereafter.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by WiltshireJon » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:35 pm

Ubuntu (Dapper Drake) in about 1997. It wasn't a happy marriage on my laptop, big trouble getting the WIFI to work, and lots other glitches. Went back to Windows (I liked Win 7). Moved to Mint a couple of years ago (disliked Win10 intensely) and love it. I still have a dual boot on this laptop and will ditch win when I need the space, but have replaced win on another laptop and the home server. If only the Mrs didn't need windows for working, windows would be gone altogether from this house.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by Bolle1961 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:51 pm

WiltshireJon wrote:Ubuntu (Dapper Drake) in about 1997.
The first Ubuntu was released October 2004, Dapper Drake was released June 2006
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by WiltshireJon » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:01 pm

Sorry. You are right. 2007 ish it was. I am old.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by Moem » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:01 pm

Around two years ago. Yes, I'm a n00b. :lol:
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by kc1di » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:43 pm

First linux Installed was slackware about 1994. Then Redhat linux in about 1995. Have tried many Dirstros since then, but started using Mint in 2008 or so. Still using it though I do try others from time to time. Always come back to mint.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by MintBean » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:49 pm

WIltshire John- snap! That's it, Dapper Drake - same one I started with.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by AndyMH » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:13 pm

Xandros (a Canadian distro) around 2000. Liked it, ran it on my company server then sold company. Then windows until about two years ago when I got a decent internet connection and started playing. Tried ubuntu and a few others, found mint and been with it ever since. Started dual boot with win 7 and now run win in a VM for those few programs I occasionally use and don't run under wine.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by Fred Barclay » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:09 pm

Moem wrote:Around two years ago. Yes, I'm a n00b. :lol:
Looks like I beat you by only a year -- I must be a newbie too. :mrgreen:

But more on-topic,
The first time I ran across Linux was a Kali 1.0.3 (if I remember correctly) virtual machine a friend set up when he was helping my family with a new laptop. To say I had no idea what to do with it would be an understatement :lol: but I started playing around with it and soon learned a bit about Linux. A month or two later I found a computer magazine that mentioned Ubuntu as a good alternative to Windows 8. As that laptop was running Windows 8.1, a free alternative sounded really interesting to me, so I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.10 isos, and figured out how to make a few virtual machines with 'em.

I liked what I saw, but I thought the interface was a little weird (of course, I had no idea that the interface was the same Unity that quite a few other people weren't enthusiastic about.) About that time I ran across a Nixie Pixel video about Mint, so I tried it out in a virtual machine and from a live usb drive. About 6 months later I got my first computer (a XP machine with 1GB of RAM), wiped the hard drive and installed Mint 17... and here I am 3 years later, still loving Linux!
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by jimallyn » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:54 pm

A friend gave me a Mandrake CD in summer of 2002. I had been hoping for a long time for an alternative to Microsoft's junk. I installed Mandrake, and it was OK, but then my friend told me about Xandros. They had a great distro! I used Xandros until 2014 when I got a new computer and put Mint on it. None of the computers I currently use have anything Microsoft on them. My previous computer dual booted Xandros and Win98, but that one has only antiX on it now. (I need to give or throw that one away one day.) I have another old computer that has Xandros on it, and maybe also Windows, or maybe it has Windows in Win4Lin. I need to put a lightweight Linux distro on that one too, just to see how it will run, and give or throw away that one, too.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by majpooper » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:19 pm

I have told this story a few times. In 2011 took a course in linux at the local community college because I was interested in learning about computer technology. We used SuSe for that class. I found SuSe OK but not any easier to use than Windows 7. After the course I played with it but stuck with Win 7 and hating it. I played with with a few other distros - like Puppy linux and Fedora but they were just not easy to work with. Then someone recommended Ubuntu and for whatever reason it clicked and I dual booted - I still ran a few Windows apps. Then at a wedding reception I met a bank IT security guy and he told me about MInt and that was it - after a couple of months I ditched Windows completely.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by AndyMH » Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:05 am

Glad to find another Xandros fan. When I came back to linux, it was the first thing I looked for, shame it's no longer around.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by jimallyn » Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:25 am

AndyMH wrote:Glad to find another Xandros fan. When I came back to linux, it was the first thing I looked for, shame it's no longer around.
Yeah, but Mint has done a good job of taking over as the easy to use, everything just works distro.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by sevendogs » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:23 am

1998 - was in the military and saw a retail box of Mandrake Linux on the shelf in the base exchange so bought it. I already knew of other OS alternatives to windows at that time so was curious. Never looked back.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by dXTC » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:14 pm

Although I had toyed with a Live DVD of Ubuntu 10.04 way back when, I didn't start using Linux regularly until the summer/fall of 2014.

I had acquired a small handful of used desktops and laptops from my wife's boss when that business shut down. Those computers were all running Enterprise or Professional versions of Windows (some Vista or XP, but mostly Windows 7), and I knew I would have to wipe and reinstall. But I didn't have the product keys to restore to Windows 7; Enterprise Windows 7 uses a server-based authentication scheme instead of storing the product key in the local registry, and I didn't want to spend a bunch of money for new personal licenses or go the crack/keygen route.

I then remembered my Ubuntu experience and decided to see if Linux could help me restore some functionality to them. Among the first batch of distros I tried was the then-new Linux Mint 17 Qiana, which fit the bill very well indeed.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by Charlie » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:49 am

I've installed a few distros in the past but none grabbed me and made me want to make the switch. I didn't really want to get into that whole elitist thing about being a Linux user.

A few months ago I grew very tired of dodging bullets on Win 7 and checked the Linux scene via Google to see what was currently being used by n00bs. I found Mint and love it and I do not intend in going back to Windows.

The thing I like about Mint is that it isn't elitist and anyone can get up and running in a short-ish time, but still leaving enough to do so that the enthusiast can get under the hood and experiment. Now that I have the WiFi nailed down rock solid I could not be happier. WiFi was my main problem as a total n00b, once I actually managed to get it installed.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by Nate » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:42 am

It was the mid to late 90s, I got my first machine powerful enough to run a contemporary operating system around that time (before then I'd had an older machine running MS DOS and games like Space Invaders on the larger, actually floppy, floppy disks). I can't remember the exact specs, but it was nothing cutting edge, cheap for the time, had an AMD Duron processor so that might give you an idea. I didn't have much money back then, outside of productivity I enjoyed gaming, but could only afford the odd game once in a blue moon, (relying mostly on demos for my entertainment, a $5-$10 magazine generally came with several demos and some freeware titles on the cover discs back then which was the best value for me back then). Then around that time period, I noticed some magazines had cover CDs with linux distros on them, such as Mandrake and Red Hat. I read about them and open source software in the magazines, installed them out of curiousity (most just had Gnome and/or KDE as desktop environments), and then I saw all the games they packed in. Completely free, non demo games. And all the productivity software I needed at the time, all free. I installed, other distros as I found CDs (the dialup I had meant I wasn't exactly downloading anything of that size) and eventually stumbled upon Xfce through one of them (can't remember which), which ran the best on my first few PCs which were all relatively low spec and it kind of stuck as the one I always go back to ever since. I remember saving up for a commercial version of Red Hat which was sold at Newsagents years ago ($30ish if I remember right) and it came on several discs and offered significantly more software than those single CDs that came with magazines (along with some nice packaging I wish I still had, a couple stickers with the logo and a few other bits and bobs). From there I distro hopped, sometimes spending a good amount of time with one or another, sometimes only a short period, eventually cover CDs became cover DVDs and then came decent internet connections and a world full of choices. These days I pretty much always have the habit of installing Arch on home based rigs and Mint on my mobile hardware and always with Xfce as my desktop environment. It's what I'm used to.

EDIT: Actually, I think the Duron was my second PC, I think the first may have had a Celaron or a Pentium II.

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by timapple » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:33 am

I first started using Slackware in 1998ish. Then in the following years I played with the various SUSE box sets I could buy in the local bookstores. Loved the 7 CD booklets..lol. I tended to fall back to slackware though...then I had a break from computers completely for some years and came back in the MID 2000's... Been distro hopping ever since. Settled on Mint for now.. really like Neon and Solus..but nothing is as ready to go and finished as mint right out of the box as far as I know..

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