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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the was-it-yggdrasil? dept.

Operating Systems 867

colinneagle writes "Linux dude Bryan Lunduke blogged here about the top three approaches he thinks are the easiest for new users to pick up Linux. Lunduke's, for example, went Ubuntu -> Arch -> openSUSE. It raises a question that Slashdot could answer well in the comments: what's your distro use order from beginning to now? Maybe we could spot some trends."

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Slackware on floppies (4, Insightful)

silas_moeckel (234313) | about 2 years ago | (#41467471)

Then Redhat then centos

Re:Slackware on floppies (2)

slashpot (11017) | about 2 years ago | (#41467547)

Same here for servers since 97.
+ -> Ubuntu for laptops/desktops in the last 6 years

Re:Slackware on floppies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467567)

Had that distro too. I remember that among other things apprapo was broken.

Re:Slackware on floppies (5, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | about 2 years ago | (#41467579)

Come on, is this really necessary or meaningful?

Who runs one distro at a time anyway? I have four or five installed in virtual machines. I've had as many as 3 running in production servers on physical hardware.

Does another post of untabulated me-too replys really provide any meaningful data?
Of course not.

I suggest this response:

Fill it out in painstaking detail, state your reasons and justification for each switch,
Thump chest vigorously at the end each rant section,
Get it all out of your system,
then click the Cancel button.

The world will be a better place.

Re:Slackware on floppies (3, Insightful)

IrquiM (471313) | about 2 years ago | (#41467817)

Slackware covers all your needs - you don't need any other distro.

Re:Slackware on floppies (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467801)

Slackware on Floppies (Oh so many floppies)
Then Mandrake, and an assortment of "mini-distros" to run custom hardware like routers
Then Redhat
Then Debian
Then back to Redhat
Then Fedora
Briefly Ubuntu, then back to Fedora
Then CentOS
Then a combination of Fedora, CentOS and Debian, depending on which system. The Clusters I work with are all CentOS, some of the infrastructure systems (ie: DNS, database server, ...) are Debian, end user workstations and my home system are Fedora.

Here's mine (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467479)

DOS
windows 3.1
windows 3.11
windows 95
slackware linux
windows 98
other linuxes
windows xp

stilll on xp...

75 floppy disks (3, Interesting)

yagu (721525) | about 2 years ago | (#41467481)

Was it slackware? Can't remember for sure.

Anyway, I remember downloading the dist, in "sections" (e.g., X11), each spanning a number of floppy disks with a grand total of 70+ floppies. Then from there I installed linux. If all went well, it usually took about a day to get it up and running, start (download) to finish (first full boot). (Keep in mind, this was in the day of ADSL.) Horrible.

These days, I grab random different ones I've seen recent reviews for and download and boot just for fun. Typically I just download the iso's and point a virtual CD drive from vmware or some virtual pc and boot and install. Much nicer, usually less than an hour.

Faves: Suse, Mandrake->Mandriva, Knoppixware (to save friends and family lost corrupted Windows data), Ubuntu (3 years ago, not today). Mint.

Re:75 floppy disks (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467721)

Sounded like slackware right up to the point where you said back in the days of ADSL.

I was installing slackware on floppies downloaded via 14.4k modems in the very early 90s.

ADSL didn't come out until the very late 90s, and floppies were a damn near dead medium by that point.

My order (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467487)

Slackware -> Ubuntu -> OpenSUSE

O Hai (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 2 years ago | (#41467491)

Gentoo->Debian->Ubuntu->Arch->Ubuntu FTW

Re:O Hai (2)

dirtypoole (2609871) | about 2 years ago | (#41467685)

started out with Gentoo?! Hardcore bro. HARDcore.

Began with Ubuntu (1)

rbprbp (2731083) | about 2 years ago | (#41467503)

Ubuntu (5.04 to 6.06 - when Ubuntu 6.06 came out I got rid of Windows) -> openSUSE (2006 - 2008) -> Arch (2008 - now). Also had brief attempts with Fedora/openSUSE/Slackware, but always would return to Arch after a while.

Start with slack, learn linux properly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467513)

Slackware -> Ubuntu -> Debian Squeeze

nope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467515)

Give him a stack of floppies with Slackware.

MInix-Red Hat-Ubuntu-OSX (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467523)

MInix->Red Hat->Ubuntu->OSX

-J

Journey from Slackware to Kubunto (1)

jlathrop (155092) | about 2 years ago | (#41467527)

Slackware (floppies) -> RedHat -> Gentoo -> Kubuntu

My order (1)

Max Threshold (540114) | about 2 years ago | (#41467529)

Red Hat -> Mandrake -> Linux From Scratch -> Debian -> Ubuntu -> Mint.

I left Linux for OS X... (5, Interesting)

drcagn (715012) | about 2 years ago | (#41467531)

Mandrake -> Red Hat -> Xandros -> Gentoo -> OS X...

I love Linux and all, but the mainstream support of OS X combined with UNIX under the hood made the Mac the best platform for me. Sure, it's much more expensive, but I don't mind the additional money... after all, I am on my computer all the time anyway. I might as well spend the cash for the one I like best.

Slackware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467533)

All others are Windows wannabes.

debian (1)

blop (71154) | about 2 years ago | (#41467535)

slackware -> redhat -> debian -> ubuntu -> back to debian

IMO debian is the benchmark, especially to build servers from scratch quickly.

Slackware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467543)

Slackware -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu -> Debian.

Re:Slackware (1)

melikamp (631205) | about 2 years ago | (#41467661)

Slackware, Ubuntu, and now Slackware & Debian.

Yggdrasil (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467545)

Yggdrasil -> Slackware -> RedHat -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu

too easy (1)

pengc99 (2736289) | about 2 years ago | (#41467549)

Red Hat -> Debian - I found after installing Red Hat, wanting to learn Linux, all I learned was Red Hat, not Linux. This became more evident after I migrated everything to Debian.

Old School: Mandrake! (1)

alphax45 (675119) | about 2 years ago | (#41467551)

Mandrake -> Ubuntu and some others around 1998 - 2000 that I can't remember.

slackware (1)

Mr_DW (894313) | about 2 years ago | (#41467553)

slackware -> red hat -> gentoo -> ubuntu -> suse -> ubuntu -> windows (desktop)/CentOS(servers)

Back in 2002. (4, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41467555)

RedHat, Knoppix, then back to XP because I was tired of editing .CONF files to do simple things like set up dual displays. Windows got better, so I haven't tried Linux since the early 2000's.

Re:Back in 2002. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467729)

This.

Linux is an interesting curiosity on the desktop, but I've never been able to seriously use it on a daily basis. Windows XP reigned supreme for me from 2001 to 2006, when Mac OS X was ported to x86. I switches to OS X in 2006 and haven't looked back, mostly. Windows 7 remains on one of my desktops for gaming purposes, and I use Debian for a fileserver at home (mostly due to compatability with PS3 Media Server). At work, I much prefer FreeBSD to any Linux offerings.

my order (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467557)

Slackware -> redhat -> mandrake -> LibraLinux -> debain -> gentoo -> ubuntu -> arch -> debian

Gateway drug? (-1, Offtopic)

icebike (68054) | about 2 years ago | (#41467559)

Come on, is this really necessary or meaningful?

Who runs one distro at a time anyway? I have four or five installed in virtual machines. I've had as many as 3 running in production servers on physical hardware.

Does another post of untabulated me-too replys really provide any meaningful data?
Of course not.

I suggest this response:

Fill it out in painstaking detail, state your reasons and justification for each switch,
Thump chest vigorously at the end each rant section,
Get it all out of your system,
then click the Cancel button.

The world will be a better place.

Re:Gateway drug? (1)

orodos (2726891) | about 2 years ago | (#41467713)

Troll. A case of the Mondays on Wednesday? Chill out. It's interesting to see other peoples' progression.

My path (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467561)

Redhat -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu (finally leaving behind dual boot with windows around 7.10) -> Mint

vectorlinux then ubuntu (1)

zugedneb (601299) | about 2 years ago | (#41467573)

vectorlinux > ubuntu vectorlinux was the best distro for those woth no internet connection... all the media players were present :) and it was fast no oldish P3 computers.

Me too! (1)

konohitowa (220547) | about 2 years ago | (#41467577)

Surprising number of slackware users here. I went Slackware (floppies with 0.9.16 kernel?) -> Red Hat -> Debian -> Ubuntu.

Gentoo - openSUSE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467587)

Gentoo -> openSUSE

Since 1995.. (2)

Xzzy (111297) | about 2 years ago | (#41467589)

slackware -> redhat -> gentoo -> arch

First kernel was 1.2.13!

Arch has become my favorite because of the rolling release system. And it manages to claim it's a minimalist while remaining usable.

redhat... (3, Insightful)

gagol (583737) | about 2 years ago | (#41467591)

redhat -> slackware -> debian -> ubuntu -> mint (with a salt of BSD and OpenSolaris from time to time)

Started from suse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467595)

then Red Hat (5.2 maybe) -> Mandrake -> Slackware many years -> Arch -> Fedora, Opensuse, Ubuntu -> Slackware -> and at the end Fedora.
The best for me, to learn Linux, was Slack, I still love it but I don't have the time to manage my laptop now, so I prefer Fedora

99 until now (1)

zanophol (97454) | about 2 years ago | (#41467597)

Mandrake, Redhat, Mandrake, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Debian, Aptosid

Many (2)

Fackamato (913248) | about 2 years ago | (#41467605)

Started with Slackware in the early days, then moved to Debian. Stayed with Debian until Archlinux showed up, been with it since. However, been trying out Ubuntu for a few years every now and then just to check it out.

Slackware-Redhat-Slackware (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467607)

Title says it all. Used slackware for a few years, moved away and played with Red Hat, then came back to slackware. Just something about the distro that I really enjoy. Although I do wish they'd release 14.0 already ;-)

I lost my virginity with Slackware... (1)

bobthesungeek76036 (2697689) | about 2 years ago | (#41467609)

In the beginning I ran Slackware.

Then I picked up a SPARCStation 10 on eBay and ran Solaris 2.5.1

Then I picked up a Sun Ultra 5 on eBay and ran Solaris 8

Then I scrapped SPARC and went back to Intel running OpenSolaris

After the Big-O bought out Sun I switched to Ubuntu and still going strong.

Redhat 5.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467611)

Redhat 5.0 -> redhat 5.2 -> slackware (thinking maybe 7 or something) dont remember, then after a few years i jumped to freebsd while also experimenting with BeOS and then back to slackware for a while and then finnaly ending up with Ubuntu because i grew tired of all the configs, compiles etc.. but then i started working more and more and had to give up linux for Mac OS(2006) because of work. I'm working as a graphic designer and the linuxworld was not ready and is still not ready for the world of graphic industri.

And here i am.. still stuck with macos, loving every second of it. Don't really like the trend of ruining the GUI in macos though..

SLS (2)

xming (133344) | about 2 years ago | (#41467613)

SLS -> Slackware -> Yggdrassil -> Suse/Debian/Redhat -> Mandrack -> LFS -> Gentoo

Slackware then Ubuntu (1)

kbdd (823155) | about 2 years ago | (#41467615)

I started with Slackware up to about kernel 2.2.6, which I used for a while (console only), then I went all hog with the GUI and Ubuntu for the machines I manage about 4 or 5 years ago.

I think my ISP uses Debian.

I also use Debian for ARM on a small ARM SBC for some fun projects.

Debian for the long haul... (1)

tech10171968 (955149) | about 2 years ago | (#41467617)

Ubuntu (Just as a server) --> PcLinuxOS --> Damn Small Linux --> Debian (Stable) --> Debian (Sid)

Been there for 10 years but now thinking of either going with *BSD or LFS, just for a change of pace.

tried several of them (1)

instinct71 (1076915) | about 2 years ago | (#41467623)

I started with Red Hat because I was forced to use that at a start up. Then I tried Mandrake and SUSE for a while before being stuck with the Gentoo bug. The excitement soon vanished and I switched to Ubuntu. Have been there since. There was a tiny blip with that, when I switched to Mint for a while.

Mint (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467625)

Mandriva -> Centos -> Xubuntu -> Kubuntu -> Mint

floppy days (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467627)

slack (floppy) -> redhat -> suse -> centos -> freebsd (not linux, I know)

distro's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467631)

redhat->debian->fedora->slackware->debian->ubuntu->mint

Went hard to soft (1)

TheGavster (774657) | about 2 years ago | (#41467633)

Slackware (9.something) -> Gentoo (2003.0) -> Ubuntu (08.04) -> Mint (12)

Slack and Gentoo lasted for a couple years each, Ubuntu was a dual-boot with Win XP, and Mint I only ran for a short time before going to Win 7. The progression was basically towards what would mean less time used sustaining vs using the computer.

It all started with Slackware (1)

nxcho (754392) | about 2 years ago | (#41467637)

Slackware Red Hat Gentoo Debian Ubuntu Debian I would say that using Gentoo and doing a stage 1 installation has taught me more about operating systems than anything else.

Started with Slack (1)

HellKnite (266374) | about 2 years ago | (#41467639)

Slackware was the first disto I used in the mid-late 90s. Then:

RedHat for work
Experimenting at home, Gentoo, Debian
RHEL/CentOS for work
Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Fedora at home.

Started with redhat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467641)

RedHat->Mandriva->Ubuntu->Debian/Mint

Workstations or Servers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467645)

Mandrake -> CentOS -> Ubuntu (for workstations)

Wow (1)

chill (34294) | about 2 years ago | (#41467647)

Slackware
Yggsdrasil
Red Hat
SuSE
Mandrake
Red Hat
Debian Testing
Linux From Scratch
Blue-White
Fedora
Rolled My Own
Slackware
Slax
Kubuntu
Fedora
Kubuntu
Debian Stable (in progress of migrating to this now)

Also use BackTrack on a regular basis.

Re:Wow (1)

chill (34294) | about 2 years ago | (#41467701)

Meh. Forgot a brief run with Gentoo right before LFS.

OpenSuse? nah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467649)

centos->ubuntu(before 11.04)->arch

Distros (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | about 2 years ago | (#41467651)

SuSe, SCO, Debian, Ubuntu.

I'm still using Debian primarily but I use Ubuntu on dual boot for a few tasks.

Meh ordeh (1)

orodos (2726891) | about 2 years ago | (#41467653)

ubuntu -> fedora -> gentoo -> ubuntu -> openbsd -> ubuntu.

Redhat - Mandrake - Mandravia - Gentoo (2)

cwills (200262) | about 2 years ago | (#41467657)

Redhat -> Mandrake -> Mandravia -> Gentoo

If I add in my phone... stock android -> Cyanogenmod

Harder to easier (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467659)

My first distro was Slackware. Then Fedora Core. Nowadays I use Ubuntu.

Better than learn tons of distos, I guess it is to master a single one and be really productive with it. That is why I've kept Ubuntu even after it changed it user interface.

(though I think it is important to know the fundamentals of Linux, which is applicable to all)

Linuxes (Linuxii?) (1)

broggyr (924379) | about 2 years ago | (#41467663)

  • Red Hat (6.0)
  • Corel Linux
  • Xandros
  • Mandrake
  • Mandriva
  • Lindows
  • SuSE
  • Fedora
  • Ubuntu

Oh lord (1)

dirtypoole (2609871) | about 2 years ago | (#41467665)

Redhat -> Fedora -> Gentoo -> Ubuntu

Slackware then and now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467667)

Slackware from floppy -> Red Hat -> Caldera -> SuSe -> Debian -> Ubuntu -> Slackware64

=p (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467669)

mandrake > ubuntu > fedora > gentoo > debian > gentoo > debian > gentoo > debian

Re:=p (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467715)

I'm apt to emerge...

I am an odd sort (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467675)

Gentoo --> Ubuntu (couple of different version) --> Gentoo

Get off my lawn. (1)

CrAlt (3208) | about 2 years ago | (#41467677)

Slackware 3.0 -> 3.5 -> then some how we jumped to 7.0 -> 10 -> 12 -> etc...

Over the years there are some OpenBSD and NetBSD machines mixed in there for misc things. And even a run with Solaris 10 6/06 on 64bit x86.. That was a waste of time.

started in early 90's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467683)

slackware(floppies) -> redhat (cd) -> debian

Fedora-OpenSuse-Ubuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467689)

Started out with Fedora but eventually gave up due to driver issues, went to OpenSuse for school-related projects then finally Ubuntu for ease-of-use

You mean used regularly? (1)

steveg (55825) | about 2 years ago | (#41467695)

I first tried out RedHat 4.0, but didn't use it much.

Then RedHat5.2 upgraded to RedHat6.0. I think I tried Caldera in there for a while, but didn't use it much, also Mandrake, but again, only to try it out. I pretty much stayed with RedHat until I discovered Gentoo. Even after I started using Gentoo as a desktop I mainly used RedHat on servers until I discovered Debian.

Gentoo is still my favored distro for my main personal workstation. My servers are mainly Debian, although I use CentOS and Scientific Linux when I have to do something ugly (like Oracle.)

I used Ubuntu for a while for secondary personal workstations (like my media center at home) and for the workstations in the labs at work, but abandoned it when Unity came along, in favor of LinuxMint. I put LinuxMint Debian Edition on my work laptop, since I didn't want to beat the SSD to death with compiles.

I've tried some others, but never stuck with them.

Floppix - Kubuntu - Debian - OS X (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467697)

I started with Floppix since it ran from CD/DVD and had a wide variety of software preinstalled. Fell in love with KDE and started with Kubuntu. Felt that Debian is a more stable distribution in the long term (didn't like the frequent changes of packages in Ubuntu). Now I own two Macs, still use the Command line mostly but also love to not having to spend hours on configuration just to get basic things working (like, for example, two displays, blue tooth accessoirs, etc).

Ancient history (1)

DeadBeef (15) | about 2 years ago | (#41467703)

Since about '93:
Slackware
Redhat
Suse
Ubuntu
Mint

Started with RedHat, now mostly FreeBSD (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 2 years ago | (#41467705)

1. RedHat Linux 8.0
2. Debian 3.0, 3.1, 4.0
3. Ubuntu 8.04, 8.10
4. Debian 5.0, 6.0
5. FreeBSD 7.0, 8.0, 9.0

Debian (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#41467709)

In order I began using them. I still use most of them depending on the task. Not including distros that I only use as LiveCD recovery environments

Ubuntu -> Debian -> CentOS -> Debian -> Mint -> Debian -> ClarkConnect/ClearOS -> Debian -> Fedora -> Debian -> TurnKey -> Debian

Various (1)

dargaud (518470) | about 2 years ago | (#41467719)

Red Hat (2000, at work), Gentoo (2003, at home), Kubuntu (since 2007 at home and work), BuildRoot (is that even a distro ? since 2007 at work)

Oldies but goodies (1)

BladeRider (24966) | about 2 years ago | (#41467725)

Yggsdrasil->Slackware->Mandrake->SUSE->Ubuntu

Started with RedHat 7.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467727)

RedHat 7.0, as a noob. Used RH 7.0, 7.1 for about a year.

Moved to Slackware with the intent of learning how the system worked. Used Slackware for about a year.

Moved to Gentoo to learn more about how the system worked. Used Gentoo for 3 or 4 years.

Went to school, bought a Mac. Picked a Mac because I wanted Unixyness but didn't want to fuck around maintaining a working Linux system on a laptop. Graduated, bought another Mac.

Got a job doing software engineering for a scientific instrument running CentOS. My dev environment is CentOS. Wow, I remember why I liked using Linux so much! Scrapped the Mac. Don't like where Apple is going anyway.

Along the way I've used Debian (I like it) and Ubuntu (does not cater to my tastes).

OpenBSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467735)

Started using it as version 2.6 about 12 years ago. Haven't switched.

Order (1)

bwsf93 (1624885) | about 2 years ago | (#41467741)

Ubuntu -> Debian -> Fedora -> Xbuntu -> Mint

Started late in 2009 (1)

MurukeshM (1901690) | about 2 years ago | (#41467743)

Ubuntu 9.10, then the subsequent versions before some annoyance made me move to Linux Mint, while dabbling at Arch quite recently. I still think Ubuntu (I am back to using Ubuntu, except for trying Mint for a while when a new version is out) is better in the long run compared to Mint (upgrading being the chief problem), but Mint with VLC and stuff preinstalled is better for new users. At least then they won't be disappointed that not even simple mp3/avi files will play. But installing with an internet connection, something which I couldn't do until a month or so back, removes a lot of issues like drivers and Flash, etc.

Redhat - XP - Ubuntu (5, Interesting)

Compaqt (1758360) | about 2 years ago | (#41467749)

Used Redhat back in the day. Everybody did. Remember the ads in the Linux Journal with the guy in the red hat handing off an attache case to someone else in a trenchcoat?

It was quirky, but worked. KDE had everything you needed: KMail, KOffice, Konqueror. nedit for editing files.

Later I got a desktop that had XP already installed. And it was "good enough". So I used it, and continued to use it. I had a a lot of open source software installed: Firefox, putty, Cygwin, Gimp, OpenOffice, etc.

After that I fell victim to some really hard to remove viruses, and decided that it was time to move on.

By that time, Redhat had abandoned the desktop, so I checked out what everybody was talking about: the new distro with the funny name, Ubuntu.

I installed 10.04, and stuck with it. I had read about Unity/Gnome3 and didn't like what I had heard. I thought that I would have to find another distro, which would probably be a pain since Ubuntu had enough momentum that you can usually always find a specific answer to a problem you might be having.

Also, Ubuntu is highly useful on the server. You can't use RHell unless you shell out $$. And Centos doesn't have any back--it's so messed up that a guy left the project, and the rest of the guys had to beg him for the domain and donation account. Their versions come out much later than RedHat releases, and RHell generally is many versions behind Ubuntu in software releases, many of which have features that are sorely needed. Also, RHell repositories barely have any packages compared to Ubuntu. (True, there's a community effort called RPMForge, but if you want to go with that, why are you going with the "conservative" distro? Dissonance.)

After Precise 12.04 came out, I decided to give it a try. By that time Unity had actually become a useful environment, making most power users/devs more productive. And so here I'll probably stay, both on the desktop and the server.

I don't understand (1)

Antipater (2053064) | about 2 years ago | (#41467761)

I don't use Linux, so I've always been baffled by this: why do you need to swap distros? What's up with this OS that everyone feels the need to jump around all the time? It's like a geek rite of passage to find the most obscure distro you can, it seems. I don't get it.

(Not trolling, genuinely puzzled)

Why limit this to Linux? (1)

Sir_Kurt (92864) | about 2 years ago | (#41467763)

To get the full story, and to put your Linux distro of choice in context, it might be weel and good to list the full progession.

For me it was:
Mainframe, PLC
Trash 80
IBM PC running DOS 2 through 6
OS/2 V. 1.2 through Warp 4
Redhat 4.2 though 9
Fedora 1 through 14/Gnome
Fedora 17/XFCE

Also run various flavors of Ubunto and Centos concurrent with the Fedora loop.

Kurt

Old School (1)

damm0 (14229) | about 2 years ago | (#41467765)

Slackware -> RedHat -> Mandrake -> RedHat -> Mandrake -> Debian -> Ubuntu -> Mint

All the while dabbling in FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, and briefly the Solaris/Debian combo.

Ubuntu, then Kubuntu (1)

Orcris (2652275) | about 2 years ago | (#41467769)

Ubuntu, followed by Kubuntu. I'll also play around with openSUSE, but I'm an early adopter and it just isn't cutting edge enough.

I bought a retail copy of Redhat 5.0 (1)

pecosdave (536896) | about 2 years ago | (#41467773)

and I dual booted.

I considered Linux something to play with on my spare time.

Then I bought a Magazine with a copy of SuSE 7.0 on it. I stuck with SuSE until 9 something, about the Novel buyout. I felt bad fleeing about the time Novel got them because I was a big fan of Netware.

A friend had been singing the praises of Debian to me for quite a while, so I jumped on board during etch. I fought tooth and nail to stay on Debian but after Ubuntu took off the Debian developers seemed to be okay with being the "parent" OS and starting breaking hardware support rampantly, the amount of work it took to keep my laptop working on it became more than I wanted to deal with so I went over to Kubunut. (I've been using KDE since 1.something). I've been Kubuntu every since. I did put Mint on my netbook for a while when Ubuntu announced they were going to defund KDE. I made noise about it here and actually got an on-Slashdot response. I'm still on Kubuntu now.

I have experimented with OpenBSD and some other specialty distros, but I gave up Windows shortly after 2000 came out. A friend talked me into going Apple for a while, but I still had my Linux stuff running. Apple is nothing but a bad memory to me now. (the company, the OS is actually great, but the company sucks rocks)

RedHat - Mandrake - Peanut - Gentoo - Debian (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about 2 years ago | (#41467775)

RedHat -> Mandrake -> Peanut -> Gentoo -> Debian

Not looking anywhere else since many years.

I guess I'm a masochist (2)

bleedingsamurai (2539410) | about 2 years ago | (#41467779)

Fedora->Ubuntu->Linux Mint->Fedora->Debian->CentOS->CrunchBang->Debian->Arch->Sabayon->Gentoo

there is a lot going on there but I've been using Gentoo for the longest period of time and I see myself sticking with it for a very long time to come.

Archlinux (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | about 2 years ago | (#41467781)

Archlinux. In that order. I'm now on my third Arch box already.

Ubuntu too at other locations though.

Simple (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 2 years ago | (#41467787)

Solaris 5 (work) > Red Hat 5 (work) / Fedora 12 (home) > Ubuntu 12.04 (work/home), openSUSE 12.1 (work), CentOS 6.2 (work)

distro? I don't need no stinkin' distro! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41467795)

Gentoo (stage 1) -> LFS -> try (and not like) RedHat/Suse/Mandrake/Slackware/Debian -> FreeBSD -> try (and not like) "new" Gentoo -> try (and like!) Ubuntu -> try (and like!) Linux Mint

in 2007, I mostly used FreeBSD on servers. by 2010 I had started using Ubuntu Server (easier to train new admins) -- this has worked out quite well for ~200 servers. from 2005 to 2006 I was on a quest for client operating system, bouncing between most the available posix-type OSes (BeOS, QNX, *BSD), finally settling on OS X somewhere around 2007. sadly enough, despite being entirely willing to ditch the other evil empire, I don't see this changing any time soon -- maybe slowly now that I'm finally starting to transition from TextMate to Sublime Text 2.

if reliability was my only concern, the only answer would be Open or FreeBSD. unfortunately, the desire to hire admins in that magic 25-40k price range somewhat limits your ability to deploy real operating systems.

Red Hat then Debian (1)

abell (523485) | about 2 years ago | (#41467811)

In my very first attempt in '96, I tried Debian but some process in crontab would trash my disk (the locate update, IIRC), so not knowing any better I moved at once to Red Hat. After using it for a while (a couple of years) I gave Debian another try, fell in love with it and to this day it's my distro of choice.

Red Hat first, Gentoo most recent (2)

Deathspawner (1037894) | about 2 years ago | (#41467813)

Red Hat (1999) > Caldera (2000) > openSUSE (2001) > Gentoo (2005)

SLS-Yggdrasil-Slackware-Red Hat-Fedora-Ubuntu (1)

pthisis (27352) | about 2 years ago | (#41467821)

The hardest thing mixed in there was the a.out->ELF migration, for which I rebuilt everything on the system by hand sort of like a primitive LFS. It was worth doing once--you learn a fair bit in the process--but made it so I have little interest in LFS or similar distros going forward.

My Distro use (1)

aembleton (324527) | about 2 years ago | (#41467823)

Mandrake -> Suse -> Mandrake -> Ubuntu -> Mint

Slackware - Gentoo - OpenSUSE (2)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | about 2 years ago | (#41467825)

Started with Slackware in 2002. Learned how to make menuconfig on the kernel, and generally how to compile and install apps & libraries from source. Then I moved around, trying Redhat, Fedora and Mandrake before settling on Gentoo for awhile.

After twiddling with Gentoo for several months I kind of got over the fun of waiting for everything to compile.

I found OpenSUSE somewhere along version 9, fell in love with it and haven't looked back. I'm firmly in the OpenSUSE camp and would like to stay here as long as possible.

Other than toy one-disk distros (1)

dosius (230542) | about 2 years ago | (#41467827)

Red Hat 8, Fedora 1, Debian 3.1, Ubuntu 5/10, Debian 4, Debian 5, Debian 6. I got a VPS with Debian 7.

-uso.

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