Now before I even went off to college I was working at Radio Shack and there was an ibm computer we started to sell and it has OS/2 wrap. And I thought that was SO cool.
Well during my first year in college 1997 I meet one of my best friends and on a trip to Fry's Electronics I saw him staring at a software package. So I asked him about it and he siad that it was some type of very customizable os that he had been hearing about it. When I heard that I judged what ever os he was talking about as flaky since there is several os that I had looked at and were all flaky.
Later on I saw that different websites had options for linux. Like download.com had a section for linux and some other sites as well. So I started asking around about linux. And this fellow told me that it was like unix and that his brother recieved some cd for free from some people. So I decided that I wanted to try it. But I had to wait till I was out of school. I didn't want to be stuck with a non productive computer with papers to write.
So When school was out... In summer of 1998 I tried to figure out how to download linux and install it. Well I soon found that that it was going to be inpossible to download it with my dial-up modem. So one day I went to staples and they had a box that said Linux 5.1 *I* think it was Mandrake. I saw it in Costco and I picked up the box and installed it. I knew NOTHING about linux or unix. After tons of installs I got my system working. I was lucky to have a non-win modem. All I had to do is to change the jumpers to have it work as non pnp.
I after HOUR and HOURS I installed Wordperfect but then I found out that my printer didnt work with linux so I had to get a new one. But I loved linux from the start. I was always a command prompt type of guy and I loved console.
Somehow I found out about LNO and I learned a lot from LNO.
I think I started off with Mandrake 5.1 then I got upgrades upto 6.x and then I decided to get Slackware but I waited for another summer to try it. After a year with slackware I got tired of trying to satisfy a dependency and not even nowing where the hell to get the dependency needed. SO I switched to Debian and thats what I am using now.