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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by kenetics » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:08 pm

I came to Mint in 2006, installing Barbara (Mint 2.0) on a newly built computer. I first tried Ubuntu on it but the hard drive would spin up at high speed and it wouldn't load anything (it was a free disk sent from Ubuntu, when they did things like that). I had run PCLinux "Big Daddy" on my other desktop for a few months, but it was out of date shortly after and I replaced it with Mint Cassandra.

I've been with MInt as my main OS for most of the time, installing about half of the new releases when they came out. I did take a small excursion to Ubuntu about 8 or 9 years ago, but went back to Mint afterwards. I usually multi-boot with other distros on my computers just to check them out, but I stick with Mint for my main OS.

There's not too many of us from 2006, Mint's first year, still around the forum. I see Npap, 900i, Scorp123 (rarely :wink: ), and Adler occasionally. Are there any more '06ers still active here?

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by BG405 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:05 pm

kenetics wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:08 pm
Are there any more '06ers still active here?
2016 here, so 10 years missed. :|

Although I knew of Linux from the Mandrake & Red Hat days I didn't venture into Linux until early 2016, when I was looking for a way to rescue a borked Linx 7 tablet. First Linux distro I tried was LM17.3 Cinnamon and liked what I saw, in fact so much so that I pulled the old Dell 1525 from behind the sofa and gleefully selected "Erase disk and install Linux Mint" blowing away Vista. That very quickly became my fileserver, media centre and workstation.

Then swapped the hard disk in my Toshiba NB305 and installed LM17.3 Cinnamon 32-bit (It now runs Xfce). Even with a single-core Atom N455 and 1GB RAM, it was a pleasure to use, SO much more responsive than Win7 ever was. So I abandoned my initial idea of setting up a dual-boot on my better-spec. Acer D255E (N570, dual core 1.66GHz, 2GB RAM fitted) and went for a single-boot LM17.3 KDE system. I had planned on waiting for the end of the Win10 stealth downgrade period then reinstalling Win7 which was killed by my flatbed scanner. I'd done a test install of Win7 which I booted before the wipe and its incredibly slow startup, then complaining about my genuine licence key, confirmed my decision to get rid of it for good & stick with Linux Mint as my OS. This needs the hinge fixing now but is my travelling companion so not all that surprising. :mrgreen:

The rest, as they say, is history.
Dell Inspiron 1525 - LM17.3 CE 64-------------------Acer D255E 2GB - LM17.3 KDE 32
Toshiba NB305 - LM17.3 Xfce 32---------------------K7S5A Athlon 1.2GHz - LM17.3 Xfce 32 & WinXP-Pro
Acer Aspire E11 ES1-111M - LM18.2 KDE 64 ----Dell PII 350 64MB - Puppy 4.3 & Win98-SE

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by lexon » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:18 pm

Around Dec. 2003. I bought a Desktop PC from Walmart with Lindows OS on it. Upgraded over the years and long gone. Only use laptops now. Story in the bottom of my messages.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by MurphCID » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:15 am

Wow Lindows, I have not heard that name for a long time. That IS a blast from the past.

lexon wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:18 pm
Around Dec. 2003. I bought a Desktop PC from Walmart with Lindows OS on it. Upgraded over the years and long gone. Only use laptops now. Story in the bottom of my messages.
Much of the time, on my iPhone.
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by Bolle1961 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:04 pm

MurphCID wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:15 am
Wow Lindows, I have not heard that name for a long time. That IS a blast from the past.
An other blast from the past :roll: :roll:
https://youtu.be/V4-Z_nJvGsM

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by lsemmens » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:43 pm

I still have a copy of Red Hat from the 90s somewhere, never did install it. My first foray was an early version of Ubuntu but it did not play well with my hardware so moved back to that "other" OS. I tried on and off over the years until I finally found that this version of Mint works with my hardware with minimal trouble. So, have only been "serious" for about a week. :D
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by Arch_Enemy » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:09 am

Bolle1961 wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:04 pm
MurphCID wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:15 am
Wow Lindows, I have not heard that name for a long time. That IS a blast from the past.
An other blast from the past :roll: :roll:
https://youtu.be/V4-Z_nJvGsM
LOL! Nice tune. Linspire was uninspiring...
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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by mediclaser » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:39 pm

It was mid-June of 2016 when I first tried using Linux. :D

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Re: When did you come to Linux?

Post by coffee412 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:55 pm

I did with the 2.0.36 kernel. Puts me about 1996.

Thanks. Now I feel really old!

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