What distros inspired you to want to learn Linux?
For me,the RPM based Mandrake 6.0 was the distro that provided my gateway into the Linux world, from there I spent a few years in Ubuntu, but it wasn’t until I tried Slackware, that I really began to understand and appreciate the inner workings of how Linux worked,
Prior to becoming a Slacker, I spent some time in Vector Linux, which is Slackware based. I played around with install new kernels, editing config files, and learning to appreciate the power and flexibility of the command line. Reading the documentation and posting questions in user forums soon became something I came to relish in my quest for knowledge and the pursuit of experimentation.
I lost my fear of breaking things, and that freed me, in order to find and apply solutions and understand those inner workings. I’m no Linux guru, even now, decades later, but the joy of having your system behave exactly the way you want it is it’s own reward.
When I did get around to Slackware, I knew to read the documentation and was able to get it up and running quite easily. I appreciated the KISS approach and the lack of dependency resolution made me see software differently. I had control as to what libraries or internals were being added to my base system. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t the pain it was supposed to be in getting it up and usable. With a little time, reading and effort if was well within my grasp.
Fast forward a bit later on, I used Archbang in a similar way, I followed the documentation and started to get my legs in the Arch way of doing things. Feeling comfortable and confident, I soon was using Arch Linux proper, and felt at the time, a great sense of pride and achievement in navigating the system from the terminal. I had come a long way in my journey into Linux.
Perhaps my journey will continue into source based distros like CRUX or Gentoo, maybe even FreeBSD, but for now, I’m enjoying my time with EndeavourOS.
How did you get here?