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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I think it was 1998
by sorpigal on Mon 13th Apr 2009 10:16 UTC
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

In the 90s I downloaded and installed 99% of all software available for free for Windows and quite a lot available for 'free' from warez sites. I loved exploring new programs and trying new things. At the same time I learned the ins and outs of Windows 9x and DOS, taught myself HTML and javascript, had fun. After a while I started getting bored; you can only try so many notepad replacements before you start saying "So what?" and so I branched in to trying operating systems.

I grabbed a copy of some version of Red Hat out of the back of the local library's copy of 'Running Linux' and spent an enjoyable week learning enough setserial and isapnp and minicom and so forth to get my modem to dial the internet. I then spent a day figuring out how to make pppd stay alive for more than a few seconds, then came learning how to set up X (RAMDAC? Memory on my video card? Monitor refresh rates?). I will never forget the day I first had X, fvwm and netscape up and began browsing the web. I felt so awesome.

For me Linux has been a never-ending supply of crack to feed my addiction for trying new things and learning new things. More than a decade later I still do not feel I have mastered all aspects of the system, especially because those damned developers keep changing it. In fact, I probably know less of it now than I did five years ago due to the rapid pace of advancement and additions.

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