I don’t know where to even start.
I s’pose all the cool kids are doing nostalgic posts about their time with Debian, so it’s only natural I do the same.
I can’t remember when I first started with Debian, but I know it was woody. Before that, I was hanging out with Mandrake, Slackware and a few others.
Not too long after, I switched to sarge, when it came out.
Shortly after sarge, I’d discovered unstable, and switched to running that and Fluxbox on my HP OmniBook until around 2007.
In 2007, I got a new laptop, and went with Ubuntu, because of my laptop’s nonfree problems, which now lives as frameputer, in which time I became an Ubuntu contributor, and all around cool guy.
After a stint in Ubuntu-land, I’d re-discovered my love for Debian on my machines in 2009 or so, when I started moving back to Debian for most of my computers.
I still use Ubuntu, and I su’spect there’ll always be a place for it, but Debian’s always been there for me.
It wasn’t my first, and I don’t think it’ll be the last, but it’s always here, and I can always count on it to get work done, when I need work done.
So, happy birthday, Debian, you rock.