Am I the only one that is looking back to the "good old day" with Linux? Like 1999-2004?

I feel like that I am still looking for the same experience, the amazement and journey I had back then as a 9 year old kid.

When it comes to Linux-distros, I have not found "The One" yet, I have kinda settled down with and thats awesome, but I feel like there is something missing.

Maybe I should just change WindowManager this time

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The reason I started with Linux in the first place, was so I can impress my 9 year old classmates in school with "I dont use Windows at home!"

But that did not work, because they only reacted like this;

" Windows?"

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So I thought,

"wtf, dont they know about that they use?"
I was baffled, amazed and dissappointed at the same time.

The only one that I could "talk nerdy" to was my brother.
Sadly, I am unable to talk to him today because of religious reasons (not my fault), but I must say that I miss it.

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Atleast, the new job that I started at is like 98% nerds and 2% sales. That's what I like, I kinda feel like the myself when I was 9 again and that is because I am the only one at work that uses Linux at work and only Linux at home.

It is awesome

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@selea I have not be n with Linux since quite as young as you. What kept me on windows was gaming. It's great to have seen much change in the regards. I've been exclusively on Linux for close to 20 years now.

I don't know that I have found the one yet but been with Arch for a while. Wish I could use fully free but gaming is still in my blood. And I share PC with kids. One day

@selea Can recommend Sway as a WM. Currently using it together with void linux.

Yes. Although I've never used i3, that's what the sway repo says.


oh, is'nt it drew devault that made this? I remember checking it out a while back


I'll check it out!
I was thinking about i3, BSPWN, and not sway.

I wonder if it works on Trisquel :trisquel:

@selea @bn4t i3 is a good beginner TWM as it is documented well. Bspwm is a bit more "advanced" and is good when you know what you want. Herbstluft (hΓΆstbris) is also a nice one...

All tilers is small and pretty much is contained in a dir. Easy to manage many. I have this part in my .xinitrc as a "launcher".


case $session in
bspwm ) run_bspwm;;
awesome ) run_awesome;;
snapwm ) run_snapwm;;
herbst ) run_herbstluftwm;;
i3wm ) run_i3;;

@shellkr @selea @bn4t i3 is a lot more than a beginners tiling window manager. It is beginner friendly, but it's also an advanced option.

What makes Bspwm more advanced? Less documentation and less feature doesn't qualify something for being more advanced in my book. I'm not saying it's bad, it's just different and more targetet at someone who requires less features.


I was on Suse actually, it took a couple of years until I compiled my first program. And that was the Tibia MMORPG client :P

@selea Tibia used to be quite popular in Sweden, right? I remember the servers were swarmed by Brazilians, Poles, and Swedes, all ruining fun for everyone else.


It really was, I was kinda late in the game but I enjoyed my years. I quit just a few years back because I did not have any time left for games :(

Most of my friends played, but they moved over to World of Warcraft, that I could not play because Windows only

@selea My middle bro still plays from time to time. He's been involved in the Polish scene since like 2006, met a lot of friends through the game too.


Tibia has given me my best "gaming related" memories actually, shame that activity is dying on the servers despite supporting Linux.

I wonder why they dont package the tibia client


Ahhh, the good old days. My first installation of GNU/Linux was in '94. I was 37 then. Pentium 75 - 100 MHz CPUs and 64 MBs of RAM were the average consumer PC spec. I was introduced to Slackware. What a PITA to compile my kernel--took hours on a P100 with 128 MBs of RAM.

From there, RedHat, Mandrake, and more.

Do I miss the adventure? Nope. :ablobsmile:

Linux class of '94! Me too, Slackware, yeah. I used that until around probably 98 or so. Then I tried everything on and off, ended up being mostly Gentoo and then finally Arch. Although I really like Ubuntu server and I won't apologize for that lol.

@shebang @selea

Yay, Class of '94! :yay:

At the time I began to 'play' with Slackware I was running a small computer shop in the city I live in. Of course, I was a M$ sales/service/repair shop then. By 2000 I was primarily Linux for biz and pers use, but still supporting M$ clients, picking up a small number of Linux clients since then.

Now retired, I've settled on MX Linux for the home. I'll play with other distros/operating systems as I have the interest and time. K.I.S.S. is it, though.

@shebang @retiredguru @selea

Yeah, I can not say I miss it although it was a lot of fun at the time. Like setting up xorg... things was abhorrent but beautiful back then.

I started -96 with Slackware at a friends house.. then -98 with RedHat after I bought a book. Still used Windows but via LiteStep. Hated the looks of Windows. Then came Mandrake -01, Ubuntu -05 (No dualboot after 2008) and finally Arch 2010. I didn't like Unity and used a lot of cli. So Arch was just a natural choice.

@shellkr @retiredguru @selea

Oh yeah, remember when you had to find out monitor timings, hz and all that shit? Oh and getting your annoying 14.4k modem to actually connect and provide internet was such shit lol.

Once and a while X is rubbish, but thats more the exception.. but Wayland will still be a good thing when its "default" ready. Getting close...

@shebang @shellkr @selea

I damaged more than one VGA CRT from pushing the screen frequencies too high. πŸ™„

@shellkr @shebang @selea

I don't mind compiling some code if a package isn't already made up. Compiling the entire o/s from scratch...geriatrics doesn't leave me with enough patience for that. Too much else to do with my time.

Of course, back then you had to know exactly the hardware, the chipsets, clock speeds, ad nauseum. One goof and you started over. Nope.

I worked with RH 8 & 9, a couple of RHEL alternatives, Mandrake 7 - 9, Ubuntu since Hardy...I've forgotten the inbetweens.

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