I first got into Linux way back when quarterback Jeff Garcia and wide receiver/malcontent Terrell Owens both played for the San Francisco 49ers. How that’s my point of reference is because I used to post on an old, pre-malware ridden 49er fan message board, and an asshole Ram fan used to invade it (it’s an old NFL rivalry) who tried to troll our board, to which I did in return mercilessly (to where I made their admin quit lulz) on their message board. He used to brag on our board how he was getting all these MS certifications and how much $$ he was going to make, whenever I posted that I was building my own Win boxes and stuff. I read about Linux back then, and everyone on the 49er board told me how badass it was, so I got into it back then, and it confused Ram fan that I could, so it was a win-win lol.
The first distro I tried was just plain 'ol SuSE, when it was developed or backed by Novell. It was geared more for enterprise back then (had a drunken discussion over it with a few devs from Novell back then when I was doing a Big Tech gig in San Jose). I moved to San Francisco back in 1991-92, and I did all the Big Tech shows over at the Moscone Center, but back then it was still all Unix (this was before the internet as we know it launched). I rarely heard anything about Linux, only on the periphery, never on the trade show floor (where I hooked up SunSparc stations, Macs, and 386/486Win boxes in booths). Hell, the CD-ROM was still in infancy lulz. I remember one booth having all our displays they ordered from us going nuts because they had the first Pentium ever on the Moscone floor, and Moscone is where Big Tech happens first before market. Everything was bleeding edge, it’s insane how fast tech has evolved since 1990. That was the coolest thing about when I lived in SF back then, through the dot com boom and bust, all of that.
But with Linux, you found ISO discs on the sidewalks, because they fell out of the free tech weekly’s that were in newspaper boxes next to the boxes where 50 cents got you street porn lulz.
Not long after Ubuntu launched, I gave it a shot. I had a couple of crappy Dell Inspirions lappy’s that were given to me, so burned a CD of it, and tried to load it on said crappy lappy. I could load stuff like PCLInuxOS on it, but Ubuntu had issues. I read how Ubuntu had this wonderful egalitarian community online, so I registered, and posted my issues with the ISO.
That forum was worse than Ram fans, it was asshole Arch Guy before they even existed. Now as I pointed out, I have been dealing with Big Tech - Big $$$ Tech - years before on the Moscone floor, so Ubuntu Guy was like kitty litter to me - smelly, messy, and pain in the bleeding hole to bag up before going into the garbage - and after a few back and forths, I got banned for posting this:
“Fuck this, I am going back to a real OS”.
Not only BANNED, but PERMA BANNED lulz. Good times.
Since, it was mostly anything Debian based, a foray with Mint for a bit (because it worked, but then Cinnamon, which I hate), then I found Crunchbang, and the rest they say is history.