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It's time for a poll. How long have you used Linux?

@Giesbert Welcome to the Forums Young'en,
 


I had to just establish some arbitrary numbers.

Just pick the category to which you belong.

For fun, I've made it so that you can't see the poll results unless you have also voted.

Also for fun, you can not change your vote.

(I may sticky this for a few days. I want to give folks a chance to respond.)

If you need to add a caveat, do so in the thread. Note that this is in "General Linux" and not "Off-Topic", so please try to keep it on topic.
Using Linux since last 10 years
 
If Puppy Linux counts, that is.

The first was a very crude emulated Puppy Linux 4, but then I found the LICK installer and installed Puppy Linux 5.2.5 Lucid on the Sony alongside XP and for the ASUS Puppy Linux 6.0.5 Tahrpup. It's mainly for games I'd keep Windows, although for the ASUS it will be a total change. I assume Windows can be emulated in Linux mode.

I'm not sure when I did this- maybe about four years ago?
 
Puppy certainly counts. We have a Puppy guru on-site, actually. Alas, their username escapes me at the moment. It's "Mike" something, I'm pretty sure.
 
@MikeWalsh ....... your name is being called !
 
That's the name... Thanks @Condobloke.

Man, I wish usernames would autocomplete when I hit the tab button. Having to use a mouse is just plain silly talk.
 
If Puppy Linux counts, that is.

Puppy Linux always counts, it was designed by an Aussie, Barry Kauler, who hails from our far West.

Wiz
 
Puppy Linux always counts, it was designed by an Aussie, Barry Kauler, who hails from our far West.

Wiz
I only wish that the Puppy Dev's would create a good Live .iso that could be burned directly to a USB stick. Maybe they have but I've missed it. But so far as I can see it's not available. That puts a great disadvantage to the average user. Who might make good use of Puppy Linux. As most newer laptops and even desktop are no longer shipping with CD/DVD drives.

If you do a search of how to make a live USB for puppy you get a lot of hits but it's mostly way above what most newbies can handle. Just MHO. :)

P.S. I also posted this on the Puppy Linux Forums.
 
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I only wish that the Puppy Dev's would create a good Live .iso that could be burned directly to a USB stick. Maybe they have but I've missed it. But so far as I can see it's not available. That puts a great disadvantage to the average user. Who might make good use of Puppy Linux. As most newer laptops and even desktop are no longer shipping with CD/DVD drives.

If you do a search of how to make a live USB for puppy you get a lot of hits but it's mostly way above what most newbies can handle. Just MHO. :)

P.S. I also posted this on the Puppy Linux Forums.
Bionic Pup works I think.
 
This poll got far more votes than I ever expected it to. I wonder how many people would now be eligible to change their votes?
 
Played a bit around with Linux in the late 1990s.

Since 2006 it's an M$ free home here, so 15+ years.

First was Suse for a short time, then various Ubuntu flavours, then Linux Mint, then MXLinux. Tried a dozen other distros on the way.

Like many, I haven't touched a windoze machine since many years and would be lost... (even though I developed software under Win NT a long time ago). My latest Win was Win98... Never had XP and followers.
 
Like many, I haven't touched a windoze machine since many years and would be lost.
Welcome to the Forum.
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I'm very proud to say the same...I stopped at windwoes 7. Went in to a store not long ago...all Laptops had windwoes spyware 11...I didn't know where to start...Linux is so much easier...anyone can use it.
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Using Linux for probably about 3-4 years. My first experience was perhaps setting up a Samba server on an older machine. I can't use Linux exclusively because of schooling, but for everything, I can try and use Linux
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been using Linux for a little over a year and a half now. Was a windows family when I went to college in 07 I switched to mac and got 2 more macs (one in 2012 and the other when going to grad school in 2016) after getting my first raspberry pi in 2020 I started playing the different distros (mainly piOS puppy Linux and Kali) and I also messed around a little with Mint and fedora on a VM. Recently I resurrected my old late 2011 Macbook Pro by installing Ubuntu on it Mac is going to stop supporting my 2017 Macbook pro in a few years (2024 I think) so I may end up putting Linux on that pretty soon after that I don't think I will ever look back.
 
I don't think I will ever look back.

We're rooting for you.

Sometimes, you don't have a ton of choices. For example, even after all these years, I'm faced with buying a Windows computer to accomplish some musical goals. I'm okay with that, though I have really been procrastinating.
 
I started using Linux back in 2012. At the time I was 5 years old and my dad had installed Linux Mint on my Athlon PC. I still remember playing around with it and being super fascinated at how different it was to Windows XP (my main OS on that PC). I started dailying Linux pretty recently, installed Linux on July 31st of this year.
 
I started dailying Linux pretty recently, installed Linux on July 31st of this year.

Well, you've started down a path that will see you getting out of it that which you put into it.

It's a fun operating system. You can keep learning and never run out of stuff to learn.
 
How has Linux changed you since you first started using it?

It has gotten much easier, has better hardware support, has a whole lot more options and software, and the body of knowledge has increased a great deal.

That's a rather superficial answer, but to really answer it would take hundreds of words and multiple paragraphs.
 
I started in the mid 90's with Slackware, however that statement isn't all it seems. I was professionally trained on Unix starting in 1987, so I was well educated in 'Nix long before Linus did his big post. Starting with Linux was just a matter of learning the differences way down in the root tree. I had a parallel machine with Slack for several years as the OS developed and dumped WinXP for general use when Red Hat 7.0 was released, whenever that was. Never ran Redmond products again. Today I wouldn't even know how to boot Win11.
 

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