Just upgraded my workstation and laptop to Fedora 29
I had to remove some deprecated packages though, to start the upgrade. This is good, it's amazing how much cruft builds up over the years of upgrades as opposed performing fresh installs.Slackware
was the first Linux I installed, in the early 90s. I used it because my 386
wasn't powerful enough to run BSD
and besides, AT&T were expected to win their litigation
against Berkeley and then kill it.
(As an aside, the world would be a very different place if AT&T hadn't launched that court case, even though they eventually lost it. I think the GNU project
and the Copyleft
principles of the GPL
wouldn't be anywhere near as prevalent if it hadn't occurred.)
Slackware had to be compiled from source which took a very long time. Around 1996 I moved across to Redhat
and the wonders of pre-compiled binaries and package management, Redhat version 3
By 2003 Redhat had reached version 9
and pushed the workstation version out of their mainline to focus on servers. In response to the massive backlash from the F/OSS
community they founded Fedora as an unsupported upstream community project.
I've been using Fedora ever since. I've installed every version except for a couple, around versions 17 and 18
. It's crazy to look back and realise I've been using Fedora for fifteen years and the Redhat family of distributions for 22.