Maybe a new thread: My First PC, however… The article has reminded me of the first one I bought in (I think 1994) when I was living in the US.
Up until then, PCs were not used much in the place I worked - the company was working well on Sun Unix system and Macs in the admin office, however the board designers did use PCs - Running a version of DOS that supported PC-NFS to talk to the LAN. This was to run ORCAD for PCB layout.
However then, a desire for a home Unix system was there (for me), and a Sun was far too expensive, so when Linux looked like it might be usable I got one. $1000 was my budget… (I was living in the US at that point in time). So I found a local box-shifter and got one. I think it was a DX4/75 (I remember the saying; DX - Delux, SX - Sucks) It has 32MB of RAM and a 210MB IDE drive. I also got an NE2000 Ethernet card and a 15" monitor and some graphics card - which I had to take back and change for a different one as it wasn’t supported by Linux at that point. (The shop thought I was nuts wanting an older, slower graphics card!) It came with Win3.11, mouse and keyboard.
Someone had brought over from the UK a Linux install tape, so we copied that to one of the Sun fileservers and extracted a couple of floppys to boot the PC with and do the install from. I don’t recall the exact steps, but I remember NFS mounting the Sun fileserver to do the install. Very quickly it was installed, myself and friend Mike (the sysadmin at the time) had joined it to the local NIS server, automounted /home and I logged in and had my familiar (work) desktop running right there. (fvwm1 I think)
It was faster than a Sparcstation by several factors, cheaper by $lots, had more memory, better disks and “just worked” I think our thoughts then were: “Well, that about wraps it up for Sun” …
When I returned to the UK, I brought it with me when I upgraded it as far as it would eventually go (133Mhz) before going through the usual triggers broom process of upgrades to my current desktop.
Where today I use it to help me write code for my 8-bit 6502 system. Such is progress!