Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Sat 11th Apr 2009 20:55 UTC
Linux Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at Computer World asks himself when he first started using Linux after attending the Linux Foundation Summit where several others were asked the same question. The Linux Foundation has posted a video of some of the answers; boy, do I feel young.
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An old fogey
by csixty4 on Sat 11th Apr 2009 21:32 UTC
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Some time in 1994, I downloaded a set of "boot" and "root" floppy images off a BBS. I played around with them, but I was kinda lost. Then, two things happened.

First, I got an account at an ISP. Back then, Internet access mainly meant you dialed into a service and were dropped at a UNIX shell. So, I learned a little about *nix from playing around with that server. Second, I found a set of Linux CDs at a computer store.

The CDs sat unused until I went to college in the Fall of 1995, and met a bunch of wild, bearded UNIX geeks. We got Linux going on my 386, and I started exploring. My roommate still gives me crap about recompiling the kernel. I'd start compiling Friday night, go home for the weekend, and come back Sunday to see it either just finishing up or failed with some error.

I didn't touch Linux again until the late 90s, and ran it as my primary OS for a while. It's come a long way since those early days.

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