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    Where did you start with Debian?
    Submitted by noviota on Sunday, September 01, 2002 – 06:05

    2% (103 votes)
    1% (73 votes)
    7% (417 votes)
    9% (534 votes)
    19% (1129 votes)
    37% (2258 votes)
    14% (844 votes)
    1% (46 votes)
    After Potato but before Woody
    10% (625 votes)

    Total votes: 6029

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    Subject: Mapping from release names to version numbers
    Author: era
    Date: Thursday, 2002/10/24 – 06:19
    I bet I’m not the only one who has trouble remembering what release number corresponds to what release name and at what date that particular release was made.

    Here’s a blatant rip-off from http://www.infodrom.org/Debian/doc/releases.html

    Rel 1.1 – Jun 1996 – Buzz
    Rel 1.2 – Dec 1996 – Rex
    Rel 1.3 – Jul 1997 – Bo
    Rel 2.0 – Jul 1998 – Hamm
    Rel 2.1 – Mar 1999 – Slink
    Rel 2.2 – Aug 2000 – Potato
    Rel 3.0 – Jul 2002 – Woody

    See also http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch3.html

    Could the form be updated to include this information?

    I think I installed Debian in 1998 and I think I tried to update to Slink when that became available, but failed (it wanted more disk space than I had available). My laptop is still running whatever I installed back then, with massive dpkg updates by hand done from time to time. (I have apt-get but it got hopelessly stuck in my mess almost as soon as I tried to do anything serious with it.) Now it’s even harder to do anything about it because I changed jobs and local policy won’t let me plug it into the local network at the new place, so I have to do all updates over a modem … But it’s not something I desperately need — it still works, fabulously.

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    Subject: What about commercial distros?
    Author: jdaily
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/10/23 – 18:17
    Presumably, some Debian users started out with a commercial Debian-based distribution and upgraded from there. Could that be added to the poll?

    Disclaimer: I work for Progeny, so my curiosity is not entirely objective.

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    Subject: I used Libranet for a short b
    Author: eggsovereasy
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/10/23 – 18:52
    I used Libranet for a short bit before Woody
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    Subject: Hamm
    Author: eggsovereasy
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/10/23 – 11:05
    My first exposure to linux was was with Hamm, back in ’98. I used it for like a month off and on, but I could never get the sound to work on that old dell so I eventually wiped it off my hd and stuck with windows untill eary this year and I jumped into linux again starting with mandrake (for like 2 weeks ick), then slackware for like 6 months, and fairly recently Debian woody, and I like it a lot. So I guess the started Debian at hamm, but only seriously at Woody
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    Subject: Notice the LOW numbers on Sarge??
    Author: wolfrider
    Date: Monday, 2002/10/21 – 09:56
    I TRIED to start with Sarge, but the stupid Jigdo files failed to DL a working image!! TWICE!!!

    Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the CONCEPT behind Jigdo, but offering a broken installation method is BAD!

    So I downloaded 3.0stable and got it working, but haven’t played with it ‘cuz I’m too busy enjoying Knoppix. :b


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    Subject: I upgraded to sid by accident, and kept it
    Author: heffel
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/10/08 – 17:18
    I started using Debian not that long ago,
    Potato was the stable release.

    The version of XFree86 in Potato did’nt have
    drivers for my video card, so I wanted to
    upgrade XFree86 to the version in Sid.

    Being a Debian newbie, I didn’t know exactly what I was
    doing, I changed my sources.list to the unstable distribution
    and the next thing I knew my whole system was Sid.

    I’ve been using Sid happily ever since.

    FWIW, I came to Debian after using Red Hat for several
    years, then Mandrake for about a year, and a brief
    flirt with Slackware before all that.


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    Subject: update.sh…
    Author: jordi
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/10/08 – 16:53
    Being a complete GNU/Linux newbie, I installed Debian 1.3.1 (Bo) in my P133 (which I still own and use regularly). Not long after that, Debian 2.0 (Hamm) was released, and the upgrade involved libc5 -> libc6.
    You had to run an “update.sh” script which did the change nicely, but it scared me quite, as my “Debian mentor” said that if anything went wrong, my box would be screwed.

    Of course, it didn’t 🙂
    The box has upgraded to Slink, Potato and Woody since that time. These upgrades were a lot easier (or I was less scared 😉

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    Subject: “slink-and-a-half”
    Author: xtifr
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 11:48
    I’ll bet that a bunch of people actually started with the unofficial, so-called “slink-and-a-half” release that was included with the O’Reilly book.
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    Subject: Yep. I’m one of them.
    Author: Netsnipe
    Date: Sunday, 2002/10/06 – 18:02
    I actually ordered my Official O’Reilly/SGI/VA Linux sponsored Debian GNU/Linux boxed set (for the book really) from the EverythingLinux Australia booth at the 1999 Sydney Linux Expo after being frustrated in not learning anything from using Red Hat 5.1 for quite awhile. It’s a real shame that no one since has updated the book or sponsored another Debian box set.
    Being the impatient person that I am, I decided to grab a freebie Debian CD as well to muck around with while I waited for the boxed set to be delivered off a Dutch guy I chatted to at the Debian booth. It would be two years later at Linux.conf.au 2001 that I realised who that Dutch guy was because I was going to interview him! I can know boost that Wichert Akkerman (Debian legend and former project leader) was the guy who personally started me off down the path of Debian! What a conincidence. = )

    Andrew ‘Netsnipe’ Lau
    Debian GNU/Linux Packager/Maintainer & Computer Science, UNSW
    “Netsnipe’s Law: Linux runs faster when you’re drunk.”

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    Subject: buzz?
    Author: volkany
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 11:18
    is it something like buzz lightyear?
    himm so rex could be the buzz ligthyear with new utility belt…
    to infinity and beyond…

    Volkan YAZICI
    Fingerprint: 09DA 1A1F 9351 DF9D CCDA 7655 C5A5 CB09 7F5A 2137

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    Subject: toy story
    Author: xtifr
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 11:45
    It’s exactly like Buzz Lightyear. All of the releases so far have been named after characters from Toy Story. Buzz is Buzz Lightyear, Rex is the dinosaur, Bo is Bo Peep, etc.
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    Subject: so impressive
    Author: volkany
    Date: Sunday, 2002/09/08 – 14:44
    it’s very intelligent, can you suggest me a site or article like that where can i find the meanings of release names?

    best regards…

    Volkan YAZICI
    Fingerprint: 09DA 1A1F 9351 DF9D CCDA 7655 C5A5 CB09 7F5A 2137

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    Subject: Read the FAQ?
    Author: noviota
    Date: Sunday, 2002/09/08 – 21:59
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    Subject: I was before them all!
    Author: The_Dougster
    Date: Thursday, 2002/09/05 – 01:07
    I first installed Debian 0.97 way back in 1993! Wow that was a long time ago…

    Debian GNU/Hurd …and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues… [Re7:9]

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    Subject: Same here
    Author: m2
    Date: Monday, 2002/10/21 – 09:29
    but wasn’t that something like 0.93R6 or 0.96R3 back then? I remember something about an R, a 9, a 6 and 3 🙂… I’m leaning towards 0.93R6, but I can’t remember for sure.
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    Subject: No Pre-Buzz?
    Author: sharkey
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/09/04 – 22:21
    My first Debian installation was from a 0.93R6 CD-R with Bruce Perens’ signature scrawled across the top of it. There doesn’t seem to be a poll option for anyone who started prior to the Buzz release, so I couldn’t vote. 🙁
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    Subject: Wow
    Author: noviota
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/09/04 – 22:35
    I hope you kept that CD.. It’ll become a collectors item…
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    Subject: CD? What CD?
    Author: gloryhack
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 07:42
    I, personally, never saw a CD of the pre-1.0 releases. I, and I think most Debian users, installed from floppy and hoped we got it right enough to be able to use dumptruck-loads of modem time to finish out our systems.

    It wasn’t until bo, though, that I became a full-time, no-other-OS on my primary workstation Debian user. Prior to that, I dual-booted Debian along with…

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    Subject: Hrm
    Author: robot101
    Date: Monday, 2002/09/02 – 15:35
    I saw this as a non-temporal way of asking ‘when did you start using debian’. On this basis, all votes for the last option should mean ‘Potato’, and the Sarge option should not exist. A Sid option doesn’t make sense either, because you have to start with a stable release to install unstable anyway. Maybe I might just change this…

    Robster is a monkey
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    Subject: Starting with debian.
    Author: noviota
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/09/03 – 00:49
    Maybe a more interesting fact would be the actual year people started with Debian…
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    Subject: from what distro too
    Author: epabella
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 00:48
    if we’re going to know when people made the ‘right’ choice, let’s also know from what distro they shifted.
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    Subject: slink was easier than Slack 2
    Author: rich4421972
    Date: Tuesday, 2003/01/28 – 08:31
    I switched over to Debian Slink after struggling very much with Slack 2.3. I thought it was wonderful, but in reality I think I never gave that early Slack a good chance. It’s amazing how times have changed. Slink was pretty amazing compared to Windows 95 (I thought).
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    Subject: Sarge??
    Author: molo
    Date: Monday, 2002/09/02 – 06:51
    How can it make sense for anyone to vote for sarge? I think the assumption of the question is one of timeperiods of the stable release. That would put us in the Woody era. Since sarge is not stable, it does not yet make sense to say that someone started in Sarge era.
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    Subject: Sarge not yet installable
    Author: Elivs
    Date: Monday, 2002/09/02 – 07:13
    You are right. No one can have started on sarge because it dones not install yet. Debian-installer will be able to install sarge in the future, but as yet it can’t.

    Fortunately no one has lied, since this option has not yet been chosen by any of the respondents.


    PS if you chose sarge by mistake- sorry about calling you a lier.

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    Subject: sid
    Author: glubbs
    Date: Sunday, 2002/09/01 – 22:22
    I started (time-wise) sometime between Potato and Woody … But I’ve never used anything (for longer than it takes to upgrade) other than sid. It’s been a fine time. 🙂
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    Subject: Re: sid
    Author: noviota
    Date: Sunday, 2002/09/01 – 22:34
    My origional poll didn’t have the “after potato but before woody” option. It actually had sid. I was wondering how many people had only ever run the development version.
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