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In the beginning....

Posted 03-04-2009 at 08:00 AM by Bemfic

I have tinkered with Linux on and off for many years. I have to confess that I was one of those who would start an installation (and sometimes succeed) only to blow it off and install Windows. I was easily frustrated.

My company made a concerted effort to go 100% Windows just as Windows 2003 was about to go RTM so with help from a consultant we build and deployed our first forest. Shortly after that we discovered that there were legacy UNIX apps that would not port over. Hot on the heals of that came the discovery that to meet PCI compliance these same UNIX apps needed to be on hardware and software that people younger than 25 had actually seen. That meant getting rid of HP-UX 11.0, Debian (who knows what version), Mandriva, and AIX 4.x.

I ran to the local book store and started pouring through OíReilly books and magazines. I landed on the February 2007 copy of LINUX FORMAT. It came with an openSUSE 10.2 DVD. I took the DVD in hand and with a pot of coffee by my side began the installation. To my surprise, it installed cleanly and I was able to get to the Internet. I never looked back!

I now have a couple of SUSE Enterprise 10 servers, a SUSE Enterprise 9 SP 3 server, a small handful of openSUSE10.2 servers, an openSUSE10.2 desktop and Iím testing an openSUSE11.1 server/desktop with XEN. Pretty cool!

That wraps up my first entry.
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