Hey everyone. Just thought I would introduce myself. I found the boards several months ago. Looks like I registered on 01-17-2004 and I probably found the boards the day before that. Maybe not -- it is possible i signed up the day I found it but that isn't like me. I usually lurk for a long time before I register at places. I have been here a while although my postings have been on again off again. Some of you probably have never seen my posts since most of them are in the BSD section.
A time for a little history:
Sometime in 1995 I found Linux. I remember it because I still have that first CD full of floppy disk images. lol, it was a burnt CD and wasn't bootable which was okay because my computer didn't support booting from a CD. And the computer I was putting Slackware 2.0 (I think it was 2.0... but I am at work and don't have it with me) onto didn't have a CD drive at all. I had literal stacks of floppies spread out that day and it took hours. Lucky for me, I had printed all the text files that could possibly relate to installation so I had plenty to read while I waited. Ah, those where the times. I used that system only once in a while but it got me hooked. Slowly I found myself less and less on my real computer and more and more on the "toy" computer.
By 1999 I was using Linux almost 100% of the time. I did have a windows partition for playing games. Late in 1999 I found FreeBSD and it moved into the place as my primary OS and shortly afterwards Windows was banished from my computers. Eventually Linux would have caused windows to vanish but the switch probably sped that up. I have used FreeBSD since then and many other versions of *nix. I am most proficient in the *BSDs because my knowledge is newest with them. I did a lot of programming back in the day (I was a computer engineering student for a while) but lately I haven't been doing as much. No real reason... just waning desire I guess.
I found this site while at work. I decided to register and post because it didn't seem openly hostile to BSD users, as many Linux sites can be. I try to be helpful to everyone I can -- although a lot of very specific Linux questions I don't feel comfortable answering. Mostly because I want to help and not lead someone down the wrong path.
Well, that was long, rambling, and pointless. Anyway. Hello everyone.