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Linux and me

Posted 07-11-2009 at 09:57 AM by stureedy
Updated 11-19-2009 at 06:44 AM by stureedy

This is the (probably boring) history if my love affair with Linux:

I do not recall the date I first began using Linux. I do remember that my first install was using UMSDOS filesystem on a DOS/Windows3 box . . . back when Slackware still used "disk sets." My best guess is 3rd or 4th quarter of 1994.

I chose Slackware way back then, because the speed of the ftp site on which it was hosted.

Once I got a taste of Linux, I was in love! I switched to dual-boot, then tri-boot (adding OS/2 Warp).

I had cut my *nix teeth using NeXT boxes at the university, mostly via telnet over a 1200-baud modem. At the time I was learning C and needed an ANSI-compliant compiler. Having a Linux machine at home changed my world: I could finally compile and test my code without tying up the phone line or dealing with ~23409jklda-3*$#02 line noise!

I can also recall that the first Linux kernel I compiled from source was 1.2.13. (According to Wikipedia, that was in early 1995.)

Over the years, I have tried RedHat, Ubuntu, SuSE (pre-Novell and Novell), Vector Linux, a couple versions of gOS, CentOS, gNewSense, Musix GNU+Linux, and some others. I always end up coming back to Slackware.

In my day job as an IT guy, I use Linux--Slackware, of course--as my primary desktop. We also use Slackware as a server OS for email, file servers, web servers and data (MySQL) servers. We run our servers with no GUI: why install X on a box that might as well be headless?

At home, I have a Linux server, a workstation running Slackware64-current (oops, RC1 . . now 13.0), a desktop running Slackware 12.2 (with multiple-boot for Slackware64, Windows XP, and whatever other OS I'm playing with at the time).

I've become so Slackware-centric, that I use Slax when I need a live Linux with a GUI.

Well, that's Linux and Me. What about you?

P.S. With all respect to rms, I started using Linux long before his GNU/Linux campaign, and still say Linux.
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