>> I started with Slackware in early 1994, and kind of ignored Redhat for a while.
> Well, my first exposure to Linux was with SLS (remember them?) ... ack!!
yes - I was confused between them and Slackware. I started by downloading the
~50 diskettes to install a system + my stuff, and they were the place to go -
but for some reason (long forgotten) I found the Slackware instead, thought at
first it was SLS (for all I knew, it was an abbreviation).
Quote:> :-) I'm surprised it didn't scare me off completely. It was via about
> 20-odd floppies on an old Cyrix 486SLC (actually 386) 25mHz laptop with
> 110 MB drive and 4MB memory. No X, not much else in that space. However,
> I have to admit it was a while before I gave Linux a try again. That
> must have been around 1995 or so.
my original box was something comparable - didn't start running X regularly
until I'd been working on xterm for a while (late 1996) since I could basically
only get one window to display. Now my monitor is too large to be comfortable
with at the console level (so I run xterm, usually with 'screen').
Quote:>> Since it's a development machine, I'll make another try at installing Redhat9 -
>> with LILO, since I've found the GRUB install into the root doesn't work. If
>> that breaks too, I'll stop installing Redhat. Reinstalling the whole machine
>> when one goes sour is not something I have time for.
> I guess I'm just approaching critical mass on the "fluff over stuff"
> approach. I like a good looking interface as well as anyone (indeed, my
> background is in graphic design before I started doing admin work), but
> not at the expense of everything else in sight. :-)
I do most of my development work (for portable code) on either Slackware
or Debian, since they're nice & stable.