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First contact was sometime in the 1980es typing a DOS-printout from a magazine that was supposed to move a cursor character around the screen by pressing the arrow keys. I made a small mistake and instead of a moving char I ended up with one that drew lines.

After that long time nothing, 1st PC around '92/'93 DOS/Win3.x, 1st Linux-install was SUSE 5.3 (which I didn't like) in '98 immediately followed by Slackware 3.6 (which I really liked) after a recommendation. And a year later I got my first OpenBSD CD: 2.6.

Over the years I've crossed swords with various Win versions up to XP, I also remember barely touching Netware 3.x, admining some Sparc machines 2.5-2.6ish. Although the Microsoft stuff actually was fun in a way. I remember setting up a Slackware-based Windows server with Samba & roaming profiles for Windows users on a variety of clients raging from W95 to W2K. Fun days.

Later I got lured in by a new OS called OS X, bought an iBook which later triple-booted into OS9, OSX & OpenBSD and when it died after seven years a macbook which I'm currently typing on and on which OpenBSD became my daily driver about 2-3 years ago.

My new year's resolution was to buy a new laptop with one of the new AMD cpus. But it seems I may have to wait a little longer after there weren't too many announcements at CES2020. Doesn't matter I'll get there...
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I started using Linux for all my computing in 1999, first on Red Hat then Debian from 2.2 onwards. Fast forward to Debian 8, when I became increasingly concerned about the direction of mainstream Linux development. I think the widespread abandoning of Unix design principles is a mistake which will have unfortunate long term consequences.

I tried OpenBSD 6.2 on my desktop PC and was hooked. I've always disliked bloated desktop environments, and discovering cwm was a pleasant surprise, as was the clean and simple system configuration.

I still use Linux on a couple of dedicated audio workstations (I work in audio) as I need soft realtime and Linux drivers. In the long term I may look at FreeBSD or Dragonfly BSD for audio work.

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Computer experience began with DOS 6.2/Win3.1 similar to @acampbell. I always prefered DOS after my father taught me to learn the basics first. We had Macintosh at school, and I wanted to learn how that worked also. When researching how computers worked, I discovered UNIX, and that there was a free version to try, but I didn't have the internet to obtain it.

My friend had internet access at his house. Armed with blank discs, and a URL, Red Hat was obtained around 1995/6 (don't remember version), which was downloaded via 56k modem. I got it installed, but could never really make things work due to driver issues. I was in 6th or 7th grade, so my parents didn't understand buying new computer components when what we had already worked...

Mandrake 8 I purchased from the store which came with books. That is when I really started learning. I was able to partition my Windows 98 drive, and made it dual-boot. My friend told me about this other OS to try "FreeBSD" and graciously copied the install floppies. That sparked in interest in researching/trying other OSes.

OpenBSD 5 was my first, and I never looked back. I will still dabble with Manjaro linux or Ubuntu just to see how things are progressing in the gaming/desktop world of *nix, but I like the basic simplicity of OpenBSD, and how things just make sense.

Other than that. I have been a Raspberry Pi owner since the very first version came out, and own several of each version. OSes vary from Rasbian, Kali, and LibreElec, and I even started messing with Plan 9 for a bit, but life took over and my time is limited. It is always fun though. I also have a USB drive on my car keys with Puppy Linux just in case!
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First experience was on Windows 98 when my parents get their first desktop in early 2000. I was 2 years old then. First personal machine late '06 to early '11 had XP 32-bit.

T510 came with 7 Home Prem, but I began my journey with a rather hacky Ubuntu mod known as Bodhi Linux in March 2012. Switched to openSUSE in September, ran Fedora for about half a year in 2014, then switched to Debian in 2015.

Discovered OpenBSD around the 6.0 release but by that time I was about to be begin the very painful process of assembling a new desktop for the first time. It took so long that by the time my creation was usable, 6.2 was being released. A few months ago I switched my ThinkPad to 6.6 as well, completing the 'transition'.
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