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My early experience with Linux.

Posted 01-16-2006 at 02:20 PM by taupist
Updated 03-27-2016 at 02:15 PM by taupist (corrected formatting)

The first experience I had with Linux was in about 1999, when I found a copy fo Mandrake 6.0 in a discount store. This store specialized in overstock and insurance claim merchandise. The price was right so I decided to check it out.
It was several months before I worked up the nerve to install it; my machine was an old 486 DX2/66 with 48 Mb of RAM, but I was still nervous about trashing the system. My fears were completely unfounded and soon I was hooked. In those days I couldn't get a network connection at all, but the system was beautiful.
I have a friend that thinks that eye candy is a waste of resources and he's probably right, but all the different Window Managers and themes were so cool . . .
Call me crazy, but I loved it. Since then, we seemed to have lost some of the flair but it's still pretty cool. Nowadays, I'm learning a lot about how to administer the system and also a lot more about security.
That's the "name of the game", never a dull moment, always something interesting to do. I couldn't have asked for more. I have more control of my system and more knowledge of computer systems than I could have gotten any other way. Even if I'd gone to college they couldn't have taught me as much, without the influence of Linux. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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    I remember back in 1995 or 1996 looking at FreeBSD and wondering what it was all about...ahhh.. were the days! Are they still around?

    Bah, what might have been had I just had the nerve to try it out then...of course I probbaly wouldn't be here then would I?..

    Thanks for the post....
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by taupist taupist is offline


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