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December 9th, 2007, 11:26 AM
So what was your 1st distro?

Mine was Puppy Linux.

December 9th, 2007, 11:27 AM
Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft

December 9th, 2007, 11:28 AM
Slackware... and for some reason I didn't give up... not sure to this day why ;)

December 9th, 2007, 11:28 AM
PC Linux OS...

December 9th, 2007, 11:50 AM
==> but gave up on it.

Ubuntu 5.10 Edgy Eft

December 9th, 2007, 11:52 AM
UHHH Don't you mean 6.10 Edgy Eft?

Cause I think 5.10 = Breezy Badger...

December 9th, 2007, 11:52 AM
Puppy Linux!!! :D



lol. yea for puppy

December 9th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Mine was
Mandriva => gave up on it
Kubuntu (7.04 i think) => always crashed,so gave up on it
Fedora core 6 => gave up on it like 1 week back, too slow, always used to hang for no reason.
Now Gutsy(Ubuntu) => May give up on it(Now gdm is not working :( )

December 9th, 2007, 12:00 PM
Mandrake 9.1

December 9th, 2007, 12:03 PM
6.06 dapper drake

December 9th, 2007, 12:08 PM

December 9th, 2007, 12:11 PM
If I remember right it was Debian woody or potato :)

December 9th, 2007, 12:13 PM
lol my first distro was 5.10 --> breezy badger (i think, or was it Hoary hedgehog?) kept it for a while, upgrading as i went along. I now use Gutsy
between then i sort of went on a mad "testing spree" and tested quite a bit like Fedora Core 6, OpenSuse, Sidux, Gentoo, DreamLinux, BackTrack 2.0, Debian, Madriva, and many, many others:P gotta say, i like Ubuntu most^^ works best with my hardware xD

December 9th, 2007, 12:14 PM
'twas Mandrake, recommended widely as the first distro. Not really satisfied with it, but then I heard of shipit :) I've also tried suse for a while.

December 9th, 2007, 12:22 PM
oh, god.
It was 1996, first distro I used was SLS, precursor to Slackware. That wasn't my machine though, but a server for an Internet Cafe I helped to run.

The first Distro I insalled on my home Machine, I went totally linux from the get-go; I didn't even consider dual booting. That was in 1999, and the distro was Caldera Linux 1.3.

After that, a certain other (now banned) member of these forums, and a good friend, introduced me to Slackware in 2000. I stayed with Slackware until I got a 64 bit machine in 2004, when I tried Slamd64, which I even contributed to, then I tried Ubuntu Breezy Badger 64 bit. Upgraded to Dapper, but wasn't happy with the way Ubuntu ran, and the repeated amount of badly built/buggy/completely broken packages.
I then went back to the Slackware tree, and Installed Zenwalk linux -- it's derived from Slackware. Running it to this day on my desktop machine, but i have now installed Ubuntu again on the Laptop.

December 9th, 2007, 12:22 PM
If I remember right it was Debian woody or potato :)

Woody was also my first distro (granted I used it under virtualization). My first linux distro I actually installed on the hard disk was Ubuntu 6.06.

December 9th, 2007, 12:22 PM
First one actually used (as opposed to toying around with): SuSe Linux 6.3

December 9th, 2007, 01:27 PM
I first used Red Hat 6 (I think...) way back in '97

December 9th, 2007, 01:32 PM
Hoary :guitar:

December 9th, 2007, 01:33 PM
Suse Linux 9.3!

December 9th, 2007, 01:36 PM
First started fiddling around back when 5.04 (Hoary?) was out...though didn't fiddle much.

Permanently been on my hard drive since 7.04 (Fiesty), though was in a VM for 3 weeks lol.

December 9th, 2007, 03:04 PM
SuSE 8.something. :)

December 9th, 2007, 03:57 PM
Mandrake 9.1 (Aug 2004)
Ubuntu 5.04

December 9th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Novell Suse 9.2

December 9th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Red hat 6. (Gave up on it after a month)
Slackware 10.2 was my first real distro. Moved to dapper when I broke slackware trying to update it.

December 9th, 2007, 04:02 PM

December 9th, 2007, 04:08 PM
I think it was Xandros version 2 or Mandrake (forgot version).

December 9th, 2007, 04:15 PM
Ubuntu 5.10 and Mandriva on first system

December 9th, 2007, 04:15 PM
Mandrake 8.2, that was a dog of a distro....

December 9th, 2007, 04:17 PM
I tryed Freespire 1.0, blah. Moved on to Kubuntu 7.10 while in stage 5, and I am now running Debian Etch.

December 9th, 2007, 04:39 PM
Slackware, back in 1994, long before I really understood what a "distribution" was. Wasn't too blown away by it since it was very primitive and since I back then lacked a "UNIX-mentality".

After that it was various Red Hats, the first one I think was 3.0.3 or something, then 5.2 and after that a long succession of hats until around 2000 when I went back to Winblows on the desktop.

in '04 I started running Debian on the server, and about a year ago I was completely fed up with Windows and installed 6.10 on a whim. Haven't looked back since.

Kernel Sanders
December 9th, 2007, 05:53 PM
Ubuntu 5.10 :guitar:

December 9th, 2007, 07:11 PM
First distro used was Peanut Linux. Tried Knoppix on a LiveCD but never installed.

Ubuntu 6.06 was the first I started using on a regular basis and it became my primary OS.

December 9th, 2007, 07:26 PM
Knoppix LiveCD

December 10th, 2007, 01:22 AM
First Linux distro...Redhat 5.2. That lasted about a week before going back to FreeBSD.

December 10th, 2007, 01:30 AM
Back in 2002 first approach to the Linux world with an unsuccessful try to install Debian 3.
Then Knoppix LiveCD and then Ubuntu 6.10 and then got stuck with Ubuntu!:KS

December 10th, 2007, 01:34 AM
Slax and openSUSE.

December 10th, 2007, 07:25 AM

December 10th, 2007, 08:02 AM
Red Hat 9. Absolutely loved it.

I had also unsuccesfully tried to install Red Hat 7.2 but my video card was not supported so I kept trying until Red Hat 9 supported it out of the box.

December 10th, 2007, 08:14 AM
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

December 10th, 2007, 08:16 AM
Ubuntu Dapper came shortly after. I fell in love with it and have used Ubuntu ever since.

December 14th, 2007, 05:54 PM
My first was Red Hat Linux back in the days when it was free. I think it was around 1999.

December 14th, 2007, 06:06 PM
Slackware, gave up when i couldn't get it out of text based

December 14th, 2007, 06:56 PM
Started with Ubuntu Breezy
Went to SUSE, then Fedora, and back to Ubuntu again.
Tried FreeBSD, and then Gentoo for a while, and went back to Ubuntu.
Thinking I may give Slackware a go... maybe. :P

December 14th, 2007, 07:09 PM
Linspire 5.0.. I paid $19.95 for the distro.
It's just a fading memory now...

December 14th, 2007, 07:11 PM
Fedora 7

December 14th, 2007, 07:11 PM
opensuse 10.1

December 14th, 2007, 07:13 PM
opensuse 10.1

fedora then ubuntu 7.04

December 14th, 2007, 07:25 PM
My first was Red Hat 4.x. It was installed on an underpowered PC (a Pentium 1, I think, with 32MB RAM. In 2002/2003) that wasn't connected to the Internet and was basically useless to me (except for the fact that I could compile software on it without additional tools). I eventually junked that PC.

My second was Mandriva 10.1. It was installed on a secondary partition for my current PC at the time (in 2005). My add-on sound card was not supported by the bundled version of ALSA, though allegedly worked on a later version. I tried to .configure, make, make install, but failed. I tried to install proprietary Nvidia drivers and broke X. For jollies, I tried to compile an updated kernel, and broke Linux. After several installs, I gave up. I left the partition on there in case Windows broke. Instead, the hard drive broke.

My third was Ubuntu 7.04 AMD64. It was installed on a secondary partition for my current laptop (2007). I played with it enough that I got the vital stuff to work, and I decided to stick with it. When 7.10 came out, I ran a fresh install on the secondary partition. Then about a week or two later, I broke my partition table, and installed 7.10 as the only OS on the laptop (with XP running in VirtualBox when needed).

December 14th, 2007, 07:28 PM

December 14th, 2007, 08:05 PM
errr .... damn small linux i think, but the first real distro was ubuntu 5.something, then fedora, then mandriva, and now back to ubuntu again!

December 14th, 2007, 08:49 PM
My first distro I installed on my home computer was Redhat 5.0. Ah, back in the good all days when sound, printing and my dialup modem did not work. I got the CD out of the back of a book! I was in love with it the first time I installed it.

Then continued on until redhat 7.0, then tried gentoo, stuck with gentoo for a bunch of years, then ubuntu 5.10, then gentoo again until I got sick of it and went to 7.04.

December 16th, 2007, 01:00 AM
My first distro I installed on my home computer was Redhat 5.0. Ah, back in the good all days when sound, printing and my dialup modem did not work.
Ah yes, the good old days. When men were men and wrote their own drivers.

I remember the masochistic happy feeling when you managed to get your soundcard to play something after having followed obscure instructions that you didn't quite understand.

December 16th, 2007, 01:03 AM
I tried RedHat 6. Been hooked on Linux ever since.

December 16th, 2007, 01:10 AM
Gentoo. As soon as I booted up the LiveCD, I gave up on Linux for months.

December 16th, 2007, 01:14 AM
The first linux version I ever installed and used was Red Hat 5.

After that I'd install Suse every now and again when I was feeling playfull.

But I didn't start using linux for anything other then linux's sake untill Dapper came out.

December 16th, 2007, 01:34 AM
I first used Slackware 10.2 and left it because I couldn't fricking install any packages on it. When I switched to Ubuntu and found out about Synaptic, I was like the happiest man on earth :p

December 16th, 2007, 01:38 AM
Mandrake 6.2

December 16th, 2007, 02:44 AM
I remember using Damn Small and thinking it looked terrible.(Of course what were you expecting at under 50 MB?) I stayed off Linux for a few years and then i encountered Feisty Fawn.

December 17th, 2007, 12:18 PM
Yes I remember the early Red Hat Linux and nothing working properly, like my Creative soundcard, modem and I think my Epson inkjet worked but not very well, or maybe not at all.
I got a bit fed up with Linux at the time because those things would not work, although I loved the way Red Hat Linux worked and the games and software that came with it were fun to play with.
Some time later I experimented with other Linux distros, Suse I recall, and also BeOS. I was looking for an alternative to Windows as it just kept crashing and going wrong. That was Windows 95. Then I bought a new PC in 2000 and made the mistake of opting for Windows ME. That was the worst OS ever. It promised much but delivered nothing.
So then I bought Windows 2000 Professional, and on the whole, I was very happy with it, except that it did not work too well with games. So I bought a copy of Windows 98SE to use with games. I tried at times to reinstall Windows ME but I could never get networking to work in that. It always worked fine in Windows 98 and 2000. I also bought Xandros 1 and tried that out and liked it, although there were a few bugs that prevented me from staying with it.
Then along came Windows XP Professional. I thought that it would be good, I needed it to do video editing and it plays games well.
But since Service Pack 2 came out I had nothing but problems.
I have since reinstalled Windows XP Pro on 1 PC and just stayed with SP1, not going to get SP2 again.
But on another PC, Windows XP Pro just was failing so much and going so slow, I had to consider again Linux. I downloaded Xandros 3 Open Circulation Edition and installed that on a spare PC and it worked very well, except it could not read NTFS and did not have the full Crossover software to run Windows apps.
So when Xandros 4 came out, I bought that and installed it. The PC with Windows XP Pro that was not working well, seemed to be dying (hardware problems I think) and so I combined that with the spare PC (I bought it cheap on ebay) and made a better PC and decided to run Xandros 3 and Xandros 4 on that.
I also started to subscribe to Linux Format magazine which taught me more about Linux, and as I took more interest I learned about Ubuntu too.
I made Linux my main OS to use, except when doing some video editing on the other Win XP PC.
I have dabbled with Ubuntu quite a bit now and also have installed and used Ubuntu Studio, but that was not so good for video editing as Win XP. But good for music making.
For over 1 year now I have been a big fan and regular user of Linux, and I love to try out new distros.
Ubuntu is now the one I recommend to new PC users, or to people who are disillusioned with Windows. It certainly seems to be the easiest to install and use, for basic things like web surfing, email, office software and things like card games, etc.
If I had not bought Xandros 4, but had instead found Ubuntu, I think I would have stayed with Ubuntu as my main OS.

December 17th, 2007, 12:28 PM
I started with Knoppix and I liked it but I couldn't install it at that moment, and I've tried a lot of different Distro's and the first serious install was PCLinuxOS. But I gave up, after a while and waited for Fiesty.

December 17th, 2007, 02:15 PM
Lycoris (It was bought out by Mandriva.)

December 17th, 2007, 02:19 PM
Mandrake, I think, about 5/6 years ago.

Dirty Ole
December 17th, 2007, 02:20 PM
Red Hat 7 - My brother installed it.

Mandrake 10.1 - Reinstalled windows and was lost.

Sticking with Ubuntu sice 6.06 Dapper Drake.

December 17th, 2007, 02:22 PM
Redhat 3.0.3, back in 1996 I think.... Linux sure has come a long way

December 17th, 2007, 02:24 PM
Debian, a while ago. Around 2002. Haven't stoped using it sense.

December 17th, 2007, 02:25 PM
Mandrake - got it installed after considerable frustrations. Gave up after about a month.

December 17th, 2007, 02:26 PM
Mandrake - It worked OK for me.

December 17th, 2007, 03:45 PM
openSuSE 9.x
don't remember

December 17th, 2007, 04:00 PM
Mandrake 8.1 --> Mandrake 10 --> Slackware --> Suse 9 --> Mandriva --> Ubuntu 5.10 --> 7.10

Tried Redhat and Fedora. Neither would install so gave up and went back to Mandrake because it was rpm based. Thank god for urpmi. Not as good as apt-get though :)

December 17th, 2007, 04:07 PM
1 Turbo Linux, (man talk about inappropriately named) I almost gave up on linux with that experience. Ironically I was looking for a version of linux that would run on a P2 400mhz. The cutting edge was p4 2.2ghz at the time.


2 Ubuntu Breezy, It worked so well I used the alternate install because I was I had no idea about Live CD's. The alternate install wasn't even hard and my eyes were opened. For the first time I had a good linux experience.

December 28th, 2007, 08:25 PM
(back to windows)
Kubuntu 7.04
(back to Windows)
Ubuntu 7.04
Ubuntu 7.10
Ubuntu 7.04
(back to windows)
Kubuntu 7.10
Kubuntu 7.04
Windows (Present)

These are the only ones that WORKED. If I listed the ones that didnt, ill be here for a while. :lolflag:

Im happy with Windows XP for now until I get a new Laptop that can run openSuse :) Love the cammelion logo :)

December 28th, 2007, 08:28 PM
Ubuntu 6.06..Now I am using Ubuntu 7.04-Gentoo.

December 28th, 2007, 08:33 PM
So what was your 1st distro?

Mine was Puppy Linux.

The first one I ever used was RedHat version 2.0

MANY MANY MANY years ago.

- zipperback

December 28th, 2007, 08:54 PM
Tried to install Red Hat 7.3, but it wouldn't.. so then:
Lycoris Desktop/LX

Dabbled in every distro that I could find... Mandrake, Fedora, Jamd, etc...

Now running
Ubuntu 7.10
Fedora 8
Slackware 12

December 28th, 2007, 09:02 PM
Red Hat 5.2 was the first, followed by Mandrake, Debian, Gentoo, Arch Linux, Foresight, Fedora, Ubuntu and finally back to Fedora. The last one I now act as a developer for and I greatly enjoy being part of that community.

I've used pretty much every distribution, those are just the ones I used for any significant amount of time.

December 28th, 2007, 09:46 PM
I first used Red Hat 7. Kept trying distros from Red Hat/Fedora, KNOPPIX, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, Lindows (Linspire), Puppy and various others along the way. Fewer problems as Linux distros have evolved. Currently began using Ubuntu/Kubuntu starting with Edgy, then Feisty and now Gutsy 7.10. I also use PCLinuxOS and Puppy on USB drives.

December 28th, 2007, 09:49 PM
I fooled around with Knoppix a few years back but never really got into Linux until a few months ago when I installed Gutsy.

December 28th, 2007, 09:50 PM
Good Old dapper

Ps i'm updateing my last computer runing dapper

Lord DarkPat
December 28th, 2007, 10:00 PM
Mandriva 06 = Hated, ditched
SuSE 10.2 = Good, but too slow, ditched
Gentoo = Requires a Ph.D in patience, ditched
Kubuntu = Excellent, loving it

About to try Linux Mint or Freespire

December 28th, 2007, 10:45 PM
Kbuntu 7.10 As you all can tell, I am new to this.

December 29th, 2007, 12:14 AM
Slackware in October 1994, on my 486DX2 / 66 MHz with 4 MB RAM (yes MB, not GB!). =D>

I still have some old CDs here: a set of 4 CDs from InfoMagic with Slackware 2.2 (Linux kernel 1.2) from March 1995, and a set of 6 CDs from InfoMagic with several distros: Slackware 3.0, Red Hat 3.0.3, Debian 0.93R6 from April 1996, and a box with Red Hat 5.2.

As you can tell, I'm not new to this :D although I didn't run Linux continuously since that time.

December 29th, 2007, 01:19 AM
My very first distro I installed on my computer was Redhat 7.x (not really sure which one it was) back in the year 2000 or 2001 just to try it out. It didn't last very long though,

December 29th, 2007, 01:24 AM
Ubuntu 5.10 whas my first.
I tried a lot other distro's but i keep coming back :)

December 29th, 2007, 01:34 AM
RedHat 4.2, back in 97 or some time around there. My mom actually bought me the official CD pack from their store for my Birthday. Came with a big book with thin paper... Then in 2000 I got experimental and played with FreeBSD, OpenBSD and a few diff. flavours of Linux. Settled on Slackware... Think Slackware 7 was just released and thats what drew my attention to it.

That went on until around December 19th, 2007... Then I switched to Ubuntu.

December 29th, 2007, 01:39 AM
Fedora 6. It was a total disaster because Fedora decided to completely wipe XP off my drive when I installed it (even though I told the partitioner to keep it). Talk about a crash course in Linux on a horrible Distro! I then tried Ubuntu 6.10 and hated it, and moved on to Sabayon where I lived and beta tested that Distro for lxnay for the better part of a year. Somehow I ended up with all my systems running Gutsy. Go figure!

December 29th, 2007, 02:15 AM
I started off in the linux world with Slackware about 12 years ago. Since then i've tried several flavours... red hat, mandrake and good old ubuntu.

December 29th, 2007, 02:20 AM
Suse 8, baby. That was my first Linux. Did not like.

December 29th, 2007, 02:32 AM
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, about 2 (could be 3) months ago.

December 29th, 2007, 02:49 AM
Don;t know probably red hat it was along time ago and I was only 4-6 years old then.

December 29th, 2007, 09:43 AM
I feel old compared to most of you as far as linux is concerned...

My first was Fedora Core 2, back in about 2004 i think.

December 29th, 2007, 10:18 AM
feisty fawn... not that long ago either.

December 29th, 2007, 10:47 AM
1st : Xandors OCE ( didn't like at all.)
2nd: aLinux (amazing but i think dev is taking an extened vacation.so moved to kubuntu)
3rd: Kubuntu (amazing as well but uses alot of disk space)
4th: OpenSUSE: (had issues with, messed up vista)
5th: Mandriva (good but not the same as kubuntu or aLinux)
6th: Kubuntu (current)

December 29th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Knoppix LiveCD

December 29th, 2007, 01:06 PM
Hoary Hedgehog.

Tried lots of distro's since, but none have managed to replace Ubuntu on my main box.

December 29th, 2007, 01:08 PM
First Linux distro I tried was Mandrake 9.2.

My first Ubuntu was the Breezy Badger, and I've been running Ubuntu ever since.

Saint Angeles
December 29th, 2007, 01:13 PM
i tried whatever version of red hat that was around in 2001 or so...

it sucked. so i went to XP

then i tried mandrake and the cute little purple icons and gold stars really made me feel gay.

so i went back to XP but after a while... i. i began to feel gay again.

now i use ubuntu and i feel like a real man.

December 29th, 2007, 01:18 PM
My first real Linux was Rock Linux, spent a lot of time installing and building and spent less time using it.

I had a bout a long time ago with the first Minix, which ran on 16 bit intel and built a 32 bit version with the help of some students from Australia over the internet which was not graphic yet, used ftp ...


December 29th, 2007, 02:02 PM
Slackware in October 1994, on my 486DX2 / 66 MHz with 4 MB RAM (yes MB, not GB!). =D>

I still have some old CDs here: a set of 4 CDs from InfoMagic with Slackware 2.2 (Linux kernel 1.2) from March 1995, and a set of 6 CDs from InfoMagic with several distros: Slackware 3.0, Red Hat 3.0.3, Debian 0.93R6 from April 1996, and a box with Red Hat 5.2.

As you can tell, I'm not new to this :D although I didn't run Linux continuously since that time.

You sound like you're from the same generation as I am. I also first whet my teeth in Linux with Slackware back in '94, on my 486SX33 that was pimped out with a whopping 8 megs of RAM. Yeah, I was badass in that way.

Unfortunately I've lost all my old CD's in various moves since then :(

December 29th, 2007, 02:03 PM
Linux,variety is the spice of life.

December 29th, 2007, 02:25 PM
Red Hat Linux 6 in 2000.

December 29th, 2007, 02:47 PM
College Linux 2.3 - 2003 I think ?

December 29th, 2007, 04:15 PM
Red Hat Linux 7.1

December 29th, 2007, 04:36 PM
Yggdrasil - now there's a name you probably haven't heard for a while...

Martin Witte
December 29th, 2007, 05:03 PM
i started in '98 with a boxed suse - i think it was version 5.2, but i gave up on it because in those days i couldn't get my modem working (it turned out my pc in those days had a winmodem). i came back to linux with the arrival of ubuntu - early 2005 i was looking for a cheap additional pc, it turned out that running warty on it gave me everything i needed for a cheap machine to surf the net.

December 29th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Red Hat 7.2, then quickly dumped that to Slackware (whatever version was out at the time). I still prefer configuring and compiling packages from source versus the way Ubuntu does it, but I'd rather not have to be a sysadmin on my personal computer. That's why I stick with Ubuntu on my desktop, and leave Slackware/*BSD/Solaris for servers.

December 29th, 2007, 07:38 PM
My first was Xubuntu Fiesty back in August, I think... Then I went to Xubuntu Gutsy, now I use Ubuntu Gutsy

December 29th, 2007, 07:48 PM
My first distro was Gentoo back in 2000. Oh man I remeber I had to print out probably 50 pages of manual to install it. It was quite rewarding though, learned alot, but didn't stick with it for long.

December 29th, 2007, 08:25 PM
It was mandrake, from 3 years back. I was at uni, in the middle of a house party and decided to go upstairs and install it when I was drunk.

Bad idea.

I completely wiped XP off my computer (which I needed for my uni work) and spent another 2 days trying to get everything back together.

Thankfully, Ubuntu is more idiot proof :D

December 29th, 2007, 09:28 PM
The Very First was one of the Red Hat distros (not sure which 1). Gave up for about a year. Then tried Yopers and Knoppix. Heard about Ubuntu ,OPen Suse, and Puppy linux from the Computer deli. Ubuntu was the easiest to Install and figure out and I have been using it for almost a year now...

BTW I love it

December 29th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Kubuntu 6.06
Kubuntu 6.10
Kubuntu 7.04
Kubuntu 7.10
Linux Mint (for a few weeks)
Debian testing (faster release cycle & I'm geeky enough to handle it)

January 1st, 2008, 09:48 PM
Mandriva 2005 free on a book cover

January 1st, 2008, 09:50 PM
Red Hat, YEARS and years ago. Came with a "For Dummies" book, but apparently I was still too dumb to follow. Never got it to work well enough to keep.

January 1st, 2008, 10:08 PM
SuSE linux 9 I think, got a kernel panic that filled the whole HDD, so switched back to XP on main machine while experimenting with Slackware, Debian and FreeBSD on a spare machine.

I think my first ubuntu was at school 2 years ago (hijacked a computer in classroom), 6.06 or 6.10 I think, had some experience with the cli thanks to FBSD and Debian/Slackware, so i survived the X crashes and hdd-names swapping every third bootup when i finally took the step of installing it on my desktop at home =/ rigged some servers at school as torrent seedboxes with fbsd and debian using rtorrent I think =)

January 1st, 2008, 11:57 PM
A few years back my son came home from high school talking about an operating system other than Microsoft. Being curious, I ordered a book with the OS included from a company called Yggdrasil. Still have the book and software. I've tried a few flavors and noticed the improvement but stuck with Windows for the most part as Windows has games to fill the slack time.

I might still be on Windows except for Microsoft. Bought a new Dell with Windows XP. Been fighting with it for a year and a half. Corrupt files, Permission changes, Network problems between it and my wife's computer,

I finally got my hands on a copy of Ubuntu and decided to make that my OS. Networking is much better. I can use any printer on the network. My files don't change themselves. Much better. Got Wine working for some of the games I already have. I think I like this Ubuntu. I doubt that I'll have any interest in Vista.