I was running Win98SE, and was concerned that certain new things wouldn't work unless I "upgraded". Well I didn't want ME or XP, so I thought I'd try Linux. I bought LXF and tried a v8.x of Mandrake, but couldn't get out of the 800x600 screen. Got some serious issues with refresh rates too. Tried Debian 3.0-r1, complete disaster, installed, could get desktop to start, couldn't work through dpkg or whatever it was. Gave up for a while.
Later downloaded and tried Mandrake 9.0. OK until an upgrade broke URPMI. Had issues with 9.1 and 9.2, I remember a kernel upgrade breaking the nvidia driver. I tried Gentoo. After a while with Gentoo, I looked up Texstar as I had used his rpms with Mandrake. Tried PCLinuxOS, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Asus Asus M2N32 WS Pro+Athlon AM2/4200+ â€” GeForce 7600GT â€” 2Gb Cosair VS RAM â€” 500Gb WD5000AAKS SATA Drive â€” PCLinuxOS