Added: 6th of October 2019
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It was around 2004 when I was using Linux Mandrake 9, and still dual booting with Windows XP that Ubuntu appeared on the Linux scene. Apart from Linux Mandrake, most of my experiences with other Linux distributions up to this point had not been good.
I downloaded and burned the .iso file to CD and started the install, yes this was a time when Linux could still fit on a CD.
Usually at some point like so many other distributions I expected it to stall, but to my surprise the install went without a hitch and after a reboot I was at the Ubuntu login screen.
Another first, was that nearly all the devices on my machine were detected, apart from the wireless network card. A bit of searching on google and this was soon fixed.
After using Ubuntu for the first time, it felt completely different to all the other distributions I had tried in the past. It was simple, less bloated and there seemed to be more focus on making it easier for people to use Linux.
The other big thing was the introduction of Firefox, which made the whole Linux experience feel a little bit more complete.
As the years past Ubuntu's popularity grew, and if you were one of those early Ubuntu adopters, I'm sure you might remember the excitement of waiting to download the latest Ubuntu distribution.
Later on we got the Nouveau driver, and an easy way to install the drivers for your NVidia card and many other improvements.
One of the most frequently asked questions, which still remains today is "Adobe, when are your going to release Adobe Photoshop for Linux?". Remember you can run some versions of Photoshop in Wine.
To remember Ubuntu, I decided to set up a Virtual Machine running Ubuntu 4.10, Warty Warthog and grab some screenshots.