02-13-2012, 05:44 PM
Caldera Network Desktop
The user interface on X was called Looking Glass and it was from Visix.
Caldera did the promotion and marketing and a little bitty unknown firm called red hat put the distribution together.
That, along with the rest of Linux, changed pretty quickly.
02-13-2012, 06:46 PM
my first linux distro was Suse 9.1. I was not aware that it was possible to download linux for free, so I bought it cheap with a short handbook at ebay And at this time Suse 9.3 was released already.
02-13-2012, 07:02 PM
Red Hat 5.2 on a 486DX2/66 with 8 MiB of RAM. And I still remember the "fun" I had getting the double speed Matsushita CD-ROM drive to work...
02-14-2012, 03:42 AM
... but once I went Slack, I never went back.
03-17-2012, 08:44 AM
At first, in the 80'
UNIX : Conversant -> SCO -> DEC Ultrix -> Minix -> BSD386
Then in the 90'
Linux : Slackware
04-14-2012, 08:50 AM
From my perspective Mandrake is a Johnny come lately. I started running Linux in 1995 and it was so long ago now I can't remember if it was Redhat or Slackware I ran first. Either way I doubt it lasted more than a few days before I managed to trash the system. It was a hectic time in my Linux life. I was trying so many back then. Distro hopping was a big thing in those days.
Originally Posted by Michael
04-14-2012, 08:58 AM
I gave up all forms of Microsoft software early in 1996. OK I use their web fonts now, does that count?
Originally Posted by chuckatkins
04-14-2012, 09:43 AM
When Caldera came out RedHat wasn't little bitty in the Linux community. They were the biggest distro players at the time.
Originally Posted by caindie
04-14-2012, 09:44 AM
first computer: 1802 cosmac elf hand wired in high school
first mainframe: IBM 370 Cobol on brand new green screens, just missed out on punch cards
first unix: BSD 4.2 on a VAX 785, hacking a DRV-11 driver
first pc: 128K mac, 68K assembler. I still have 3-ring binder edition of "inside mac"
first linux: 486/66, 32 Mb, SLS, 0.99 kernel, I still have the CD roms. I have original slackware and caldera and a whole bunch of old stuff like that.
gotta admit I liked the sun 3 a lot better than the linux box, at least at first. X was just so painful on linux and it just worked on the sun
Last edited by frantaylor; 04-14-2012 at 09:52 AM.
04-14-2012, 10:08 AM
The question was first Linux
If you want to go all the way back to first computer then that would be my Z-80 breadboard. It wasn't capable of running Linux though. Before the IBM PC really exploded I didn't mess around with other junk. Being pedantic I don't consider any Apple products PCs. PC was an IBM specification. One that didn't have any room in it for $220 floppy disk drives either.
Originally Posted by frantaylor