Happy new year. I don't know about you, but I've been using Linux as the sole operating system on my personal desktop and laptop computers since 1992, so this promises to yet year 30 of Linux on the desktop for me.

@liw Yeah, right. Next thing we know you're going to claim you even named it. 😺

Incidentally: do you know what user-number you were of Linux? I'm presuming 1-2 digits.

@dredmorbius I didn't name Linux, that was done by Ari Lemmke. I was the first person in the world on whose computer Linux was installed: Linus didn't install it on his, it grew in place on top of a Minix install, and he used my computer to test installation in 1991. I had a good nap while that happened.

@liw Ah. I'd thought you'd named the archive.

Linus's pronunciation audiofile was in my boot sequence as an audio system test for years in the 1990s.

Install #1, user #2. Not bad ;-)

(I came on-board around 1996-97.)

@liw ...I wasn't born by 1992, but I've been using linux exclusively since like 2015 or so! XD

@liw I strongly suspect there may be only one person in the world that's used it longer than you. I switched in around 1995 or 1996, so I guess 26-27 years here.

I don't think I realized until just now how close to the beginning of Linux that was. That was an incredible amount of progress in just 3-5 years.

@jgoerzen The early years were an exciting time, to be sure.

@liw #Linux was still the underdog for years after I started using it. It is amazing to look at how stagnant the former dominant players have become. Only Solaris has had any real innovation, and even there #OpenZFS and #BPF seem to be pushing forward more than #ZFS and #dtrace. AIX, Tru64, SCO, HP-UX, etc. have all either withered or died, and even Solaris seems to be heading that way under Oracle.

@liw I had heard of Linux in the early 90s, and dabbled with some distros for a few hours here and there. But my move to seriously using Free Software was FreeBSD 2.1.5 (in 1996). So it seems I recently passed the 25 year mark for (mostly) running Free OSes.

Not sure when exactly I started to shift from BSD to */Linux (first desktop, then very slowly, servers). Sometime in the early 2000s. I probably haven't reached 20 years of that, yet.

@liw on second thought, I think I started with FreeBSD 2.2.1, which would mean my 25 year anniversary is coming up in a few months.

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