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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Since 1991, 0.0.2
by paulb on Sun 12th Apr 2009 23:22 UTC
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Used Tannenbaums Minix on my Amiga 500.
Bought an AT 386 to run it in protected mode.
Ported an OMTI controllers source code to Minix.
Do not know the size of that million dollar baby
Seagate disk anymore. Maybe 10MB or so.
Read the Minix forum.
Read the Hi freax 0.0.1 posting.
Came back with a set of floppy disks.
Anyone remembers copying diskimages to floppies
on a Sun 4?
Ok, 0.0.1 did not even boot on my machine.
But some weeks later 0.0.2 did.
Kicked off the Minix stuff.
Hardisk space was an issue in that times.
No boot managers too.
Growed up with Linux, and all the other stuff
trying to make it an desktop system.
X11, KDE, Gimp, Gnome, V4L, OpenOffice, Samba, Java, Netscape.
And we are still waiting for Linux to become a desktop system for every day use and every user.
Linux is ugly, is bloated, slow.

I remember the discussion Tannenbaum/Torvalds.
And I am very sorry about that Linux kicked 386bsd
and GNU/Hurd.
Tried to get rid of Linux by switching to Beos.
Switched to Mac OS 10.0.1 when it was available.
And I am very glad that Apple did the proof
Tannenbaum couldn't do. And I am very happy with that
since 2000 or so.
I am not thinking Linux is that bad,
it has it's niches.
But not on my desktop. Anymore.
Too many years of promises.
Where would Linux be if IBM did not have decided
to invest such large number of dollars.
And where is it now, with that large injection?
A decision I really cannot understand.
AIX is so much more developed and stable, scalable....
My hope goes to Haiku for desktop.
Try to imagine 1 billion dollars for Haiku.
The only one big thing Linux did is to make the
present understanding of that what OpenSource is.
For now.
But there was OpenSource before Linux.
At least in the Amiga World.
The first Emacs, the first GCC I used did run on
my Amiga 500. And there where no Linux in sight.

At last: yes there is another world.
Yes, I used Windows, earned money by programming
Windows from 3.0 to XP.
Windows developed to a usable system, at least with XP.
But I do not like MS and all it practices.
And even if XP where good I do not want to use it.
I am very glad that I do not have to, not in
my daytime job nor in my sparetime.

Excuse my little English.

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RE: Since 1991, 0.0.2
by sorpigal on Mon 13th Apr 2009 10:24 in reply to "Since 1991, 0.0.2"
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I like to think that it's the job of Linux to break the back of Windows and both the Microsoft monopoly and the resistance to Free software in the industry and generally. Once there's no more lock in and the playing field is pretty level I believe Linux will be replaced quite naturally by a superior system. The superior replacement will by necessity be Free and few will mourn the loss of Linux.

Maybe it will be the Hurd. Haha, who am I kidding? But it will be something. Linux is not the be-all, end-all of operating systems, it is just the herald of a new compatible era.

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