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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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by Al Dente on Sun 12th Apr 2009 18:13 UTC
Al Dente
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2006-09-12

In the late 80's early 90's I was working as a programmer, researcher, and system administrator in the computer science department of a univeristy. We had source to SysVr3 and BSD 4.3 but I was fascinated with the idea of a free UNIX. There was some talk about Matt Dillion doing a port of BSD 4.3 lite to the Amiga (I had an Amiga 1000 at the time). I assume this was never completed.

The next teaser was the articles in Dr. Dobbs Journal by the Jolitz' about porting BSD to the i386. I read these with great anticipation. By then I had a PC as well but not stout enough to run the code (then required both a i386 and i387 to run and all I had was a "turbo" XT). As soon as a bootable floppy was available I found a lab machine to boot it from. I unplugged the hard disk just in case something bad happened I wouldn't wipe out the data. It booted and I pronounced it cool but nobody else seemed that excited. I'd already developed some Optical Character Recognition software for SCO UNIX on a PC but the idea of free UNIX was still very exciting for me.

In the 90's I switched back and forth between *BSD and Linux depending on priorities and requirements. I assume I first ran Linux in '93. I was running SLS initially and can remember kernel version numbers around 0.88 and 0.97.

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