I found Linux in the fall of 1997. I was in the Best Buy in Savannah, GA looking for something to buy and saw a red box, I hd heard of Linux, and knew about UNIX, plus at that point I was a pretty decent AS/400 user and admin. So I read the box, labeled REDHAT 5.1, and took it to the check out. That day was a very pivotal point in my geek life. I then spent the next few months trying to understand what I had stumbled on. I nevr could get it installed like the back of the box displayed, but it didn’t stop me. When I started working for IBM in Atlanta, there were some Linux users there and they had a mini-convention. I picked up a copy of SuSE Linux 2 or 3. That was when SuSE waqs still owned by the Germans and they were at the convention too.
So here is a LINK to the throw back site. I still have many of the Distros in my office and didn’t like each on for whatever reason, but never gave up the idea of running Linux instead of Windows.