Hello from Northwest Indiana
I have joined LinuxQuestions.org primarily to help Linux users solve their problems. There is no doubt that many of you are here for that reason.
My experience with Linux dates back to December 1998, when I obtained a second hand AcerFrame 500. I purchased a book on Linux from the Barnes and Noble store in Hobart, IN , which contained a copy of Red Hat 5.0.
Once I got Red Hat 5.0 running on this machine, I knew I would be here for the long haul.
(If you check out my profile here, you will find that my website has the same name.)
My computer experience dates back to the 1980s, when I took a class on BASIC back in high school using an Apple II+.
I have worked with OS/2, DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 9x, Data General AOS/VS, SunOS (Solaris), BTOS (Unisys). For application programming languages, I know AppleSoft BASIC, GW-BASIC, Assembler for x86 and 6502, Pascal, C, C++ and Java.
As for Linux distributions, until recently, I have been primarily a Red Hat user. I have also worked with Mandrake, Slackware, StormLinux (Debian) and TurboLinux.
I switched to Slackware as not only is it the original distribution, but I feel that Slackware is Linux the way it is supposed to be.
As for applications software, I have experience with WordPerfect (since 2.0 for DOS), MS Office 97, Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPro, KOffice and OpenOffice.org (and its commercial counterpart StarOffice).
I build and maintain my own workstations as well as the internal network, and have done likewise in the 1990s for credit reporting clients.
Many components were acquired second hand, including cases purchased from a local surplus shop, systems acquired at yard sales, and at the local Goodwill.
The only components I dispose of are those that abolutely do not work. Everything else is kept or used.
All of this means that I should be able to help you with most any problem you may encounter.
Last edited by cybernightlife; 10-27-2004 at 10:09 PM.