At the time I had this big expensive intimidating Solaris box on my desk that I hardly dared to touch.
Linux seemed a lot more accessible.
I tried something called SLS (Soft Landing System) to installed it but failed.
A few months later I found Slackware (1.0) and I tried again together with a colleague, this time I was successful, kernel version 0.99 or something, that must have been 1993, 22 years ago...
I've been running one or more Linux boxes (usually headless) ever since.