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[ale] non-technical Linux question



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Got started with Linux around 2003 after seeing screenshots of old
GNOME and KDE, from online friends. I would try and emulate the way
they looked on our familys computer with http://www.litestep.net/ (I
got pretty close) was nice they had a plugin that let you choose
explorer.exe or lightstep on boot. Real handy because I did not have
to edit boot.ini after I got off the machine.

Around this time I seen a computer out in the street by my neighbors
mailbox and trashcan. This was my chance to enter this new interesting
world! I promptly asked why it was in the street. Was told that it was
broke and that I could have it. I had no idea how to fix it so I just
switched every setting in the BIOS.finally it booted and I installed
Redhat 9 that I purchased from Office Depot much cheaper than Windows
2000. I was able to compile the kernel for support for my soundcard
and modem. I found eskimo.com gave away free trails and used a few of
them. Prior to this a friend and me failed installing Redhat on his
486 because we did not read the manual. I still have the old K62 and
the RH9 cd's and manuals, don't think I'll ever part with them.

Stay safe if you are around the ice and snow.
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