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Re: Linux: Which distro do you run and why?
@jwt873: Ahhh...that takes me back. I actually got my first exposure to Linux with RedHat when I built a mail server out of spare parts for the place I was working. I think it was a Pentium 60. At one point that thing ran without rebooting for over 2 years, until the CPU fan seized and toasted it.
Anyway, I had been using Win98SE and was sick to death of it. Win2000 Pro was a HUGE improvement, but XP was coming and clearly it was just Win2000 with crap added and I didn't want to fool with it. I still say Win2000 Pro is the best OS Microsoft has ever made. But back to Linux...
I was in a Best Buy, I can't remember why, and walking by the racks of boxed software. They had a little section of Linux, RedHat, Suse, a couple of boxes of Win4Lin - and Mandrake, the just-released v8.0. I remember standing there, first just because I was surprised to see Linux for sale. Right then I made the decision - this was it, I was gonna buy a box of Linux, go home and wipe Windows and go full Linux - no dual-booting, I was going all in. I'd messed with RedHat on that mail server and I thought I could make it work for daily use.
So I grabbed Mandrake and cashed out. Why Mandrake and not RedHat? Well, it was on sale for about half the price of RedHat and I wanted to try something else. And damn, the penguin on the box was cute.
I've run Linux exclusively on my home box ever since. Stayed with Mandrake for a few years, piddled around with various distros for a few more, settled on CentOS for 4-5, and for the last few years Fedora. Still on Fedora 20 now and probably won't update until 22 or 23.
But Linux really took hold of me that day when I stood there looking at the penguin on a Mandrake box and made a snap decision to take the little guy home.
Registered Linux user #266351
Android since v1.0. Linux user since 2001.