Sure are a lot of ‘experienced’ people here - must be the quality of the destination! As for me, just 66 - but I figure I can’t be old because you have to grow up first…
First Linux was TAMU (Texas A&M uni), hand loaded from multiple stacks of floppies on my big, fast 386 tower (!) Lotsa fun getting the ATI card to behave so I could run Motif!
Since then Ubuntu, starting off with 6.06 (it was late) and multi-booting even then with 6.10 and 7.04… Happy until UbuntuOne was killed off, Unity ended with 16.04 etc.
Some people I ‘hang’ with are on Arch, and tried to persuade me to try it - but cruising the Arch forums put me off! Spotted ArcoLinux, and found it be fun to use, and good at teaching what Arch could be - which got me onto ‘real’ Arch. Arch with an installer, though, definitely feels right. Once you’ve done it the Arch way a few times, it seems rather needless!
I also find that EndeavourOS has some nice setups/configurations that I hadn’t arrived at myself (specifically on XFCE), so I’m slowly migrating those onto my Arch as well. As for the forums, much more like the earlier days at Ubuntu (where I ‘fixed’ a lot of ATI video issues, and grub issues ) and much appreciated for the improvement in default attitudes.
Anyway - happy to be here, and to see more coming in - especially the fine vintages I see here!