I had just arrived at uni, had not yet used unix (but would soon since the physics dept at brum uni had a lab of X terminals and a Ultrasparc server). I read PCW magazine regularly, and one month Slackware was on the cover cd. Virtually instructions, and as I was new to the web, searching for help was alien. I figured out how to boot my 486 off an install floppy. I guessed cd from dos, had read about ls somewhere, but the way I finally figured out how to delete a file (del didnt work, nor did era) was to run Xconfigurator, then startx, and use the openlookalike file manager. When it asked 'do you want to remove...' I had that epiphany, switched to a vt, logged in and, rm worked! I found out many programs by reinstalling and noting package names as things went on, and used them as hints once i was logged in. Ultima 7 was a great adventure game, but Linux and the task of making anything work at all was my new adventure.