Updating mepis 6 5 to current stable
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.While I thoroughly enjoyed working with Linux, the Caldera way of doing things didn't really grab me too much, even though it was better than source tarball, before I realised the irony of what I'd just done...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.i heard about debian with its stable/testing/unstable distros and that's what attracted me.
i tried rawhide, but i quickly learned that it was only a dumping ground for new packages, with no care or concern for the packages collectively (lots of dependency problems, conflicting packages, etc).
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.
after i was comfortable with debian on my desktop (learning the "debian way"), i installed debian on my server/firewall.
i've been using testing on my desktop and stable on my server ever since (except for a period of time after the woody release when i stuck with it on my desktop for a while and learned to backport packages, before existed).