That's the question cropping up on various websites at the moment. If, like us, you love to reminisce about the olden days, when you had to recompile your kernel just to use your keyboard and FVWM2 was the most amazingly new tech on the planet, then get commenting below. What was your first distro? What did you think of it at the time? Were you one of the original Oxford Beer Trolls, plying Torvalds with ale in return for his efforts?
Here's how the TuxRadar team got started...
Paul Hudson: "I installed Red Hat 4.2 on my shiny new 133MHz Cyrix in '97, not long before 5.0 came out. I spent most of my time trying to figure out the difference between all the shell options and not really getting anything done."
Mike Saunders: "After finding Red Hat 5.1 on a magazine coverdisc back in '98, I gave it a whirl and fell in love when I got IceWM installed. (AnotherLevel, RH's FVWM setup, was a bit ugly.) I did need to recompile the kernel to get my rubbish sound chip working though."
Graham Morrison: "My Amiga 4000 (with 060!) had lain unloved for too long. In 1998, Red Hat 5.1 brought it back to life, albeit with plenty of expletives and no X Window System."
Andrew Gregory: "I tried to install some version of Mandrake 2005 from the Linux Format coverdisc, but it didn’t recognise the graphics card of my Dell laptop so I had to get Graham to fix xorg.conf for me. I hated the look and feel, but once I’d found Gnome and Ubuntu I was sorted."
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