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Your First Time
1990s, Red Hat Linux - on a Frankensteinian collection of parts that vaguely resembled a computer. I think that it was some flavour of Pentium by that stage. There were RPMs for most of what I wanted to install but it didn't take long before I had to learn to compile packages to get what I wanted and I became familiar with Dependency Hell.

My recent return to Linux was on Debian. .debs instead of RPMs but just as easy - so not much different. A little bit of Dependency Hell because I'm sentimentally attached to XMMS, which hasn't been developed in years.
Asus X58L
Debian 8 with MATE
1990's, RedHat and Suse5.? I remember buying the retail boxes. Ran it on an AMD x2 4800+ and a Pentium III 1400. Ah, the days of pure PC Power!
LinuxMint 19.2 (Cinnamon)
Lenovo B570
Intel Pentium B950
circa 2009
Wow look at all the old farts like me who got started last century. Big Grin
(08-10-2019, 09:44 PM)Cthulhu Wrote: When did you first install Linux and what distro was it? What were the hardware specs? How different was it than installing today?

To answer these questions I have to say this...I was running Windoze 7...when Windoze 8 came out and I thought it was a joke of some kind...I remember thinking what a piece of crap.  Angry

So I started looking at Linux and tried many Distros in both Virtualbox and live DVDs.  I found Linux Mint was the best but did nothing till evil M$ tried to force me to downgrade to Windoze Spyware 10.  Rolleyes  So I switched to Linux Mint full-time just over three years ago and have never looked back.  Big Grin 

Hardware Specs on the Tower (6yrs old) are the same now...64bit...i5 CPU...16GB of DDR3 Ram and a 500GB Mechanical HDD that was replaced only recently with a 500GB SSD.  As for installing Linux's easy a blind man could do it. :Big Grin   [Image: t2010.gif]
Linux Forever...Windoze Never       [Image: t12701.gif]
What follows is an excerpt copied from an article I posted on my website a few months ago.

I was vaguely aware all this time of an alternative operating system called Linux. That was about all I knew about it: It was an alternative to Windows and Mac, and it was called Linux. Maybe I also knew it was free, but I don't recall for certain. What I'm sure I don't remember hearing was any reason to think I would prefer it Windows. Until, that is, shortly after I finished getting my second college degree in late 2012. In a forum that I was active in, the Windows folks would occasionally spar with the Mac folks, and during one such discussion a couple of Linux users chimed in to tout the superiority of their system, offering some arguments that looked good to me. In particular, they assured everyone that Linux was far superior in its resistance to malware. For me, the kicker was when they mentioned that a current version of Linux called Ubuntu was available for download to a DVD and could be installed with a dual-boot option. And, for an indefinite trial period, one could just boot from the DVD and use the system without doing anything at all to one's hard drive. Boot without the DVD, and you'd be back in Windows as if nothing had happened. And I thought: Yes, I want to try that. I'm a technophile. I like to play with new gadgets.

Making a bootable DVD was more complicated than I expected, but I eventually figured the process out. I put the disk in the drive, booted the computer, and there was Linux Ubuntu, ready for me to take it for a test drive. I took the disk out, booted again, and I was back in Windows. Disk in, reboot, and there was Ubuntu. So, I played with it for a few days.

One thing I had to check out was the available software. There was plenty, but for some of the programs I was using, there was no good Linux substitute, so I couldn't go Linux-only. I needed Windows to be available on occasion. That meant trying the dual boot. Well, I had plenty of space on my hard drive, so I figured, no problem if I made sure I had a good backup of all my data.

Big problem, it turned out. After the installation, my computer would not boot at all from the hard drive, only from the DVD. For the next couple of days I borrowed my wife's laptop to maintain my online presence while googling for a solution. It turned out the Linux installer had damaged a file in the hard drive's boot sector. Fortunately, there was a fairly easy fix, and I soon had my Windows back to normal. Once that was done, I decided I could wait indefinitely before trying Linux again.

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