I believe I got started on Linux with Corel Linux back in 1999. It was really in my first couple of years in college though, with fast internet that I really began to switch over.
As well as the range of Windows suites, the college had a couple of Unix suites, running Compaq Tru64. The main attraction for these initially was that they were always empty, then I found out that they had Loads of compilers and interpreters running on them.
Since College, I've had a preference for Debian systems, but I nearly always ended up using Redhat ( or Solaris ) at work.
Apologies for typos - sent from a touchscreen....
On 25 Aug 2011, at 21:36, Brendan Minish <bminish at minish.org> wrote:
> My first linux machine was Redhat 4.0 or (4.1?) installed on a Thinkpad
> 360C back in 1997 (?)
> I don't recall there being many issues with the hardware support or the
> install although redhat did ship with a decent printed paper manual
> which in my case made installation possible ;-)
>> I still have the install disks in deep storage some-place and the last
> time I checked the 360C is still in working order although very beaten
> up at this stage.
>> I have been using linux ever since
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