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Later at work I played with various Red Hat Linux versions in the 6.x era.

The employer after that was running Red Hat Linux 7.x and later Red Hat Enterprise 2.x, 3.x and 5.x. At home I decided to switch from Windows NT 4.0 to Debian Woody as a friend used Woody and was able to help - not that I needed much help by then.

I don't dislike Red Hat, I just think Debian is better.

I've not used SUSE or Slack so I can't comment about them.

besides my desktop and server, all other computers (laptop & another desktop) use ubuntu (more up-to-date packages than stable, but security support and regular releases unlike testing) as those installations are "disposable" (very little customization, all data kept on the server).

My first Linux distribution was Corel Linux (Debian based ironically) in 1998 or 1999, since then i tried most popular distributions.

The ones that i enjoyed most were Slackware and Debian, thesedays i use primarily Debian on servers and Ubuntu for laptop and some desktops when im feeling lazy. In 1996 I needed a development platform for our webpages on the unix production machine.

Windows was incapable of providing this functionality back then.

And its been a wonderful learning experience since then ;-) About a year and a half of dual booting later (gradually spending more and more time in Linux), I got a copy of all 7 Woody CDs from a guy at a local lug (LEAD in Durban, thanks Paul -- Debian was my first Linux more than a dozen years ago, and I've yet to find a reason to switch.Then to Ubuntu when I was convinced it was the 'cats meow' by my local lug and finally giving Debian a try after hearing Bruce Perens talk about it on TLLTS, I couldn't be happier.