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Remember downloading stuff like Linux on floppies, and finding the closest FTP mirror to download from?

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Maybe y'all don't. I'm a very old person by Mastodon standards.

@md

My first linux distro was transameritech 0.99 beta in 1994.

@hhardy01 Nice! I started out on Slackware. It was a pre-1.0 kernel but I don't remember the version.

@hhardy01 Haha sweet animations! Here's mine: web.archive.org/web/1996122102 ... I have much older, crappier sites but the wayback machine doesn't go back far enough.

@md

My oldest snapshot is three days older than yours lol!

Must be when archive first started their engine. :)

@md My first experience with Linux was helping a friend install it, but his Slackware floppies came with a book. (when I asked him to show me what was going wrong everything worked fine, turns out he accidentally deleted Windows that time around which magically fixed everything)

@md my first time trying Linux was in 1995. It was Slackware, downloaded via FTP over a fractional T1.

Around 80 floppy images were downloaded and written to 3.5" 1.44MB floppies. All apparently OK.

I got home with all of that and found out that about half the floppies had errors.

The next day, I went downtown and bought the Infomagic 4-CD set and all went well!

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