• Null@pawb.social
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    6 days ago

    First OSish was what came default with the Commodore 64. My first full fledged OS was Windows 3.11. My first Linux distro was Mandrake I think 6.

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    13 days ago

    Holy CRAP, am I literally the oldest person here?

    CP/M, with the 8" disks

    Then DOS -> Windows -> Linux (Mandrake, then tried a few different ones, then Debian and stuck with Debian)

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      I started with the last version of DOS, 6.2, on PC.

      Unless you count the Amstrad CPC464 I had before that? Ran on tapes, disks were futuristic!

      Which of us is older? I’m not sure it natters. What matters is that the kids will never understand the elegance of a command line interface or of running out of memory to store your code.

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        Haha yeah I did some tapes. There was some crazy thing that hooked up to my TV at home that used cassette tapes.

        And yeah, BBS culture, and programming on some of the old school machines, PEEK and POKE and pre-OSX Macs, and segmented memory in the 8088-286 era. To this day I have never really understood what the point of segmented memory was, but that was what we had back in the day, and we were grateful.

        I also got to do some programming at a place that had one of the massive Onyx2 machines. It lived in a whole separate room and was the size of a refrigerator. Good stuff.

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          Ah, the precious main memory… Let’s see if we can’t get this mouse driver to load in upper memory to save me some precious main memory…

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            Yep, and then DOS 5 coming in like space program technology, that could put the whole OS in high memory and give you 640 kb all for the user programs. And it had a DISK CACHE (which for the most part didn’t work).

            Godlike I tell you

            😃

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          some crazy thing that hooked up to my TV at home that used cassette tapes.

          Sounds like my first computer, Tandy Color Computer from Radio Shack. Had it hooked to the TV via RF, & learned to program in BASIC.

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      13 days ago

      You’re probably about my age. I was just late getting into computers. First attempt at university was dumb terminals connected to some Unix host. Failed everything and dropped out. Went back a few years later and had 8086 based PCs booting DOS off diskettes.

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    13 days ago
    • Commodore 64 (kernal)
    • Amiga OS
    • MS-DOS 3.2, 5.0
    • Windows 3.1
    • Slackware Linux
    • Windows NT 4
    • RedHat Linux
    • Windows XP
    • Ubuntu Linux
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 10
    • Rasbian
    • PopOS

    Roughly in order of appearance. Personal devices only. I used many more for work.

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    Windows 95 and Macintosh LC, elementary school computer lab stuff. My grandpa had a Windows 3.1 IBM PS/2. Those were all pretty old and practically obsolete computers when I used those, 98SE was out and ME was right around the corner.

    My very first Linux distribution experience was Mandrake Linux I believe version 9 or something like that. Didn’t last that long though, I revisited Linux later with Ubuntu 7.04 which is when I actually switched to Linux full time.

    ArchLinux since 2011. Still running that install to this day!

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    I’m probably on the younger side of Lemmy, my first OS was Windows 98, but the first one I truly remember using is XP.

    When I really started getting into computers, our family PC was running Vista, and the first nerdy thing I remember doing was trying to “downgrade” that computer to XP. My parents were none too pleased when they saw that the PC wouldn’t boot, thinking I had bricked it. It took me about a week to getting XP running properly, and that feeling of satisfaction is what started my love for tinkering with computers (I’m definitely a noob compared to the average Lemmy user, though).

    Afterwards, I fell into the Apple fanboy pipeline and begged my parents for a MacBook. I was a huge Mac nerd, even saving up money as a teen for an iMac, until I started wanting to game more on PC, especially with friends on Steam. I then started dual-booting, initially XP but then Windows 7, and eventually I realized I was never booting into my Mac partition. I played around very occasionally with dual-booting Linux as well, Ubuntu and then Linux Mint, but this was more for computer nerd clout than a genuine need or interest for libre software, also the command line scared me and I still played too many games to main a Linux distro.

    I then built a PC for gaming, and ran Windows 7 on it until around 2 years ago when I got really into FOSS and switched to EndeavourOS which is what I’ve been happily using ever since. I’ve always enjoyed tinkering on computers, but with EndeavourOS I feel like I’m less battling with my OS and more with my lack of skill/knowledge, which is much more rewarding to surmount, and makes me feel like my system is truly mine.

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    13 days ago

    I cant help but feel this is some sort of password reset question farming…

    Anyway,

    ZX BASIC SUSE Linux 6.1

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      That would be a very targeted question! Like who would have that as a password reset question? Oh wait, the kind of people who run servers for a living! Damn, that’s clever 😅

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    First OS: Windows 3.1 running on top of MS-DOS 6.2

    First Linux distro: Ubuntu (forgot the version, but it was circa 2018).

    If I’d count an OS/Linux distro that I’ve used even if not in a machine I own, it’d be Linux Mint of circa 2006.

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    I started with Commodore KERNAL/BASIC 2.0 on the VIC-20, if that counts as an operating system. Otherwise GeOS on the Commodore 64.

    First Linux distro was slackware 3.0.

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    VIC=20, Commodore 64, Vendex HeadStart, Zenith (forget the model), Tandy TL/2, then I had a 386SX/20 built, then I started building my own starting with a 486-DX4/100.

    First dabbled with Linux when I bought a CD from Staples with “Linux95” on it. It was just Slackware. Then Red Hat 4.0 and Corel Linux.