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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Wow I now feel really really old.
by dhickman on Sun 12th Apr 2009 06:17 UTC
dhickman
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2009-04-12

My first contact with linux was in early 1992 when I was playing around with a copy of xenix. I was surfing bitnet and fidonet for some info and came upon SLS linux. Interested, I FREQed the files from my bbs.

After about a week or two on the slow node that was dedicated to D'bridge ( I think 2400 baud.) I installed the basic disks onto an old 386sx16 (with a mathco, Engineering major at the time.) I was hooked.

I have distinct memories of calling up compuadd to get the monitor timings so I could run X-windows. Needless to say, they had no clue what I was talking about and as a result, had to buy a new monitor instead of repairing my motorcycle, because I blew up the monitor with wrong timings. I typed startx, heard a loud pop, bad smell and that was it.

At this time I still ran linux as a secondary system. My main system was running desqview to handle the bbs.

In 1993 a friend of mine told me to get my ass over to his place and check out this new linux distro with a COLOR interface, Slackware. For the next day or so, we were in an english lab overwriting the free floppy sets ( 70 or so) that IBM was giving to anyone who would test OS/2. At this point my friend and I made a pact to run linux as our only OS over the summer and we have never looked back.

Within a year, we had the very basics of a dialup/nat server running and I phased out the bbs. Can you say coax ne2000 based ethernet!

Fun times.

dhh

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