• @cosmicrose
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    312 months ago

    Ubuntu, before Unity came along

    • @[email protected]
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      2 months ago

      to be fair gnome3 was a hot steaming pile of shit when it released, and was still bad for literal years. i say that as a gnome user, but i’m sorry, it was unusable for a big stretch of time there.

      as much as i dislike canonical for pushing snaps, Unity makes sense to me under that light.

  • @umbraroze
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    202 months ago

    Slackware 3.0 in 1996

    Then this new promising distro called Debian

    Got my own PC, went with Slackware again for some God-forsaken reason

    Debian again and that’s where I’ve stayed for most part - I tried using Ubuntu as a desktop laptop distro for a while but at some point I realised I should have installed Debian to begin with so I went with that there too

    • @forgetful_fox
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      42 months ago

      I’ve still got my Mandrake 9.2 CDs somewhere that a friend burned for me. Didn’t dig the rebranding to Mandriva.

    • @[email protected]
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      42 months ago

      My people! Their screenshot gallery was the sole reason I got into Linux back when I was in the sixth grade. The skills I learned by using it as my daily driver got me a job at a web hosting company and started a very fulfilling career.

    • @[email protected]
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      22 months ago

      Me too, on floppy disks, kernel 2.0.something… I remember I struggled to get X11 running, so I tried with redhat next

      • @Aceticon
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        32 months ago

        Getting X to work required mucking about with a textfile where you specified parameters directing the operation of the electron gun inside a CRT monitor that were so down to the metal, that you could create your own resolution or even blow up your monitor.

        Ah, those were the days ;)

  • @Yaztromo
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    82 months ago

    Yggdrasil LGX, back in ‘93.

    • @pete_the_cat
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      42 months ago

      Damn, you got in on like the ground floor haha

      • @Yaztromo
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        52 months ago

        It was quite the interesting thing to run back then — it was all very “Wild West” of software, and a LOT of stuff didn’t work well.

        It wasn’t my daily driver; it really wasn’t ready for most workloads back then. But it was nearly free, and we shared around the CD-ROM amongst hacker friends interested in giving it a try.

        • @pete_the_cat
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          12 months ago

          I attempted to install RedHat 5 in the late 90s, but I had no idea what I was doing since I was like 12 or 13 and we had just gotten our first computer. I never got around to actually using Linux until a few years later with Ubuntu 5.04

          • @Yaztromo
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            22 months ago

            You can learn a ton installing your own OS, even if you don’t get things working in the end. Especially back in the 90’s when things weren’t quite as plug-and-play and hardware auto-detection was immature. So even if your RedHat experiment failed, good on you for attempting it anyway!

  • @lessthanluigi
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    82 months ago

    Fedora from 2015, to circumvent my school laptop’s OS with it installed on a USB stick.

  • @Centaur
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    82 months ago

    Mandrake Linux. I’m old, I know 😊

    • @thorcik
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      52 months ago

      There is another :D

  • @[email protected]
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    82 months ago

    The first I tried was Ubuntu 7.04 but I didn’t stick with it and went back to XP. Until I ended up with a hardware setup that wouldn’t work on Windows XP (widescreen monitor + Intel graphics driver with no widescreen mode options) but worked perfectly on Ubuntu 9.10. I never truly went back to Windows since.

    Tried a few other distros in 2011 then switched to Arch for a couple years, Xubuntu for a couple years, Ubuntu GNOME for 7-8 years, and finally switched to Fedora last year.

    • @[email protected]
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      42 months ago

      When I saw the numbers “7.04” I immediately heard the login drum-like sound “bu-du-bup” and remembered Feisty Fawn. It’s one of my fondest computer memories. It felt like a friend.

  • teft
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    72 months ago

    Slackware 3.5 because my friend thought it’d be funny and didn’t tell me fuck all about distros.

    Helped me learn a lot though.