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[ale] non-technical Linux question
- Subject: [ale] non-technical Linux question
- From: damon at damtek.com (Damon L. Chesser)
- Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:24:20 -0500
- In-reply-to: <[email protected]om>
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On 02/11/2014 05:08 PM, Boris Borisov wrote:
> I've read the JD bio from the announcement for the Thursday meeting
> and He says that got introduced to world of Linux in 1993 ...
> What is your first encounter with Linux/Unix world?
> Mine as far as I remember is maybe 1994-1995 year I found a little
> distribution called Monkey Linux
> http://projectdevolve.tripod.com/text/descript.htm. I installed it on
> the company computer running WIN95 needing no repartition. So I've
> learned few things back there :)
> Around the same time I've tried Minix on old 286 Pc at home.
> Ale mailing list
> Ale at ale.org
> See JOBS, ANNOUNCE and SCHOOLS lists at
I got started rather late in life. I was moving furniture for a living,
decided Computers were a good idea. Started learning in 2000 at the age
of 37. The .com boom busted and I decided I would not be behind any
wave in the future. Did some research, found Linux. Installed Debian
and in only a month had X running! Woot! Then I figured out there was
RH, but they pissed me off when the stopped desktop support and moved
only to servers. Tried Suse, but every time I opened Yast, it would
break. Back to Debian. As a foot note, that does not piss me off any
more, it made perfect sense. Fedora since (IMHO) 14 has been very
good. I keep testing it, and liking it, but I stick to Debian or Ubuntu
for personal use, Fedora for work use (as a desktop, I use it to
intetract with RHEV), RHEL for work, CentOS for a proof of concept.
Debian Potato for the Win!
It is kinda of nostalgic to remember how hard it was to "download an
ISO" (what ever that was) and "Burn" a CD. Geeze, this Linux is HARD
(hey, no collaged education or smart Prof to point me in the right
directions or even tell me what a "disk image" was)! Then 30 days of
tinkering, and re-installing to get X running. man! I must have had
desire. My motivator was three fold: 1. My wife was a programmer, so
I could not download windows to learn (illegal copy), or get copies of
copy righted code with out paying for it, 2. I had no money, so I could
not pay for it. 3. I had no money so I could not get formal education,
I HAD to learn it on my own for free.
Sure beats working for a living :)
Now days, you get a CD/DVD of ANYTHING and it just works out of the
box. Even the "expert only" distros. Now you can concentrate on making
it do what you want more than making it work. No pity for newbs how
need help with entering "how to $FOO" in Google. When I was young (in
computers) you did not even Google, you yahooed! (I can still hear that
yodel form the commercial). Most of your help was from users groups or
user lists or IRC rife with RTFM (which I hate). I hate it so much I
opened up an IRC channel to help newbs (and I was one myself). Best
thing I ever did. Forced me to RTFM for the other newbs to get them
help. Over IRC, I raised up two high schoolers to become sys admins,
one for a major PC MFG, one for a financial firm.
School of hard knocks, not as rounded as an education, but you remember
what you learn.
Damon L. Chesser
damon at damtek.com