View Poll Results: What operating systems did you use BEFORE using Linux

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  • None - Linux was my first operation System

    1 1.25%
  • MS-Windows product (Win3, Win9x, Win-NT, WinXP, Vista, Win7, Win-something)

    71 88.75%
  • DOS (MS-DOS, or DR-DOS, or IBM-DOS, or Free-DOS, or other-DOS)

    32 40.00%
  • Apple Lisa/MacIntosh

    12 15.00%
  • Apple DOS

    2 2.50%
  • IBM OS/2

    13 16.25%
  • VMS or Unix derivative

    10 12.50%
  • CP/M

    6 7.50%
  • other Micro/Mini/Mainframe computer operating system (please specify)

    9 11.25%
  • other and/or whats an operating system ?

    7 8.75%
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    Default Previous operating systems before Linux?

    This poll is to see what operating systems were most commonly used by our membership before Linux ?

    Previous OS experience (BEFORE Linux)
    (1) None - Linux was my first operation System
    (2) MS-Windows product (Win3, Win9x, Win-NT, WinXP, Vista, Win7, Win-something)
    (3) DOS (MS-DOS, or DR-DOS, or IBM-DOS, or Free-DOS, or other-DOS)
    (4) Apple Lisa/MacIntosh
    (5) Apple DOS
    (6) IBM OS/2
    (7) VMS or Unix derivative
    (8) CP/M
    (9) other Micro/Mini/Mainframe computer operating system (please specify)
    (10) other and/or whats an operating system ?

    You should be able to select AS MANY of the above as you like, as some of us used many different OS before Linux.

    Note this is BEFORE Linux in general and NOT specific to openSUSE.
    Last edited by oldcpu; 06-Apr-2011 at 08:27.

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    Default Απ: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Only linux I have on my system.
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    Default Απ: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Before linux I had linux(slackware)
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    Default Re: Απ: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by stamostolias View Post
    Before linux I had linux(slackware)
    ???? Before Linux you had Linux? That reads like a chicken before the egg reply and thats not what the poll is asking. Is there some wording in the poll that has confused you ?

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    Default Απ: Re: Απ: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    ???? Before Linux you had Linux? That reads like a chicken before the egg reply and thats not what the poll is asking. Is there some wording in the poll that has confused you ?
    Sorry greek fun it is.
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    None - Linux was my first operation System
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    Default Re: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Wow, I think this poll is going to cause people to show their ages around here :-)

    I started with a TRS-80 in elementary school (we only had a cassette drive for storage), then went to an Apple II, then an Atari 800XL (cassette drive -- I thought I was REALLY COOL when I got a 5.25" Disk drive for that system!), then an Apple /// (yep, we beat it up to re-seat the loose chips per Apple's Technical Bulletins!) with a whopping 5GB hard drive and a dot-matrix printer before going to college and starting with MVS / JCL and DEC's VMS. VMS was actually my first exposure to the internet, using usenet news and ftp. About that time, I retired the Apple /// and started using an Apple Mac (with System 6) and was hooked -- I've always said if it weren't for Linux I'd be a Mac user. You know, I never even used a Windows computer until I entered the corporate world, where we used Windows 3.1, Windows NT 3.5.1, and lots and lots of UNIX. I suffered under Windows 3.1 for about a year until I changed jobs and sat down at my new desk with an X-Term connected to a Sequent Dynix machine (which had 10 whopping CPU's -- 486's -- and 256MB of RAM at the time). At some point I've used or administered all of the "Big Boy" UNIX operating systems. But since 1997, I've been 100% Linux on the desktop, while doing standard UNIX admin or database administration.

    There are some OS's and architectures that I miss -- like the DEC Alpha -- and some that I don't -- like TANDEM Guardian -- but I grew up in an industry that was keen on trying anything and everything under the sun (no pun intended)

    I advise my friends to use Mac's and I run Windows in a VM when absolutely necessary...
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    Default Re: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by katanacb View Post
    I started with a TRS-80 in elementary school (we only had a cassette drive for storage),
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    Unfortunately I was limited to 10 selections when creating the poll, but you make a good point. I recall TRS-80 was incredibly popular around 1982 timeframe. And Atari, Commodore, Sinclair and other micros also very popular.

    I confess when making up the poll, I was surprised by how many OS I had used before. As you note, ... it will definitely show the age of some of us. ...

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    Default Re: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Is this only for private systems or means "did you use" also professional ones. In the second case my list of answers will be longer then your list of poll possibilities
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    Default Re: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    I find it strange that you lump VMS and Unix together.

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    Default Re: Previous operating systems before Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    I find it strange that you lump VMS and Unix together.
    I had them separate originally, but then had to reduce the number of poll selections to only 10.

    So I had to start combining selections. There is nothing more than that reasoning ...

    I probably could have put Apple DOS together with IBM DOS, but that would have been equally strange! ...

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