Let's see...built my first PC in 1991, was running off Windows 3.1.
Basically, was a Windows user until 2005, when someone gave me an old copy of Red Hat to play with in 2004. All my hardware was not detected (especially the wireless card), when back to Windows in less than an hour.
Stayed with Windows until Ubuntu 6.10 and 7.04 came out, played around with it and again went back to Windows after an hour because of undetected graphics and wireless card.
Stayed with Windows again until Linus released v.2.6.27 of the kernel, which, for the first time, supported by wireless card. Think that was roughly around 2007 - 2008. (Fantastic, it took whole 4 years for my ancient wireless card to be supported. Thank god there was Windows XP and Vista to breathe life into my hardware during those years).
Stayed with v 2.6.27 of the kernel ever since then, even up till now. First distro that ran on the 2.6.27 kernel was Ubuntu, then later switched over to Debian Lenny for a period of time in 2009 until finally settling on RPM-based distributions. Desktop is now running a quad boot of Windows Vista x64 (primary OS), OpenSUSE 11.1 x64 with custom 2.6.27-59 kernel, Fedora 10 x64 and Mandriva Free 2009 (32-bit).
Guess I can say i have a lot of 'first' distributions, although it does not change the fact that I still end up using Windows Vista more than half the time.
'First' distro that introduced me to Linux: Red Hat
'First' distro that actually worked: Ubuntu
'First' RPM-based distro that worked: Mandriva One 2009 , subsequently Mandriva Free 2009
'First' RPM-based distro that was used seriously: Fedora 10
'First' RPM-based distro which required a custom kernel to compile a specific WiFi driver: OpenSUSE 11.1 with custom 2.6.27-59 kernel
Last edited by Sonadow; 04-14-2012 at 11:55 AM.