My first experience with linux – 1998 – tomsrtbt

Linux! Slackware floppies! zip-slack! Redhat 5.2! Tomsrtbt! Downloading zip-slack over modem for a week. Getting a shell and thinking ‘wtf’ trying dos commands. Having to reboot to read documentation! Trying random commands. Learning that xemacs needs x to run. Wtf is x?

I was now at university. it was 1998. I was 17 years old. im 29 now. studying electronic engineering (to find out how these beautiful machines actually worked) one of the CS lecturers was teaching us C. she mentioned linux. after class I went to the library. they had a massive network. running NT4. all the machines did. win 2000 wasn’t out yet. it had internet. fast internet. so I went to google. and searched for linux. it gave me a list of distros. there was Slackware, Debian, redhat and a few others.

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  1. Ian Murray

    Cmon.Its not as hard as that.Just install the regular version of slackware and be done with it.

    1. jonathan

      yes. it is easy now. this was about my experience when i was 17. im 29 now.
      it was 5.2 (Apollo), November 2, 1998 (Linux 2.0.36-0.7).
      we are now up to 2.6.38
      the slackware version i used at the time was slackware 3.1 which was the first slackware with kernel 2.0.0
      thats the install instructions for it just to get you to a bash prompt.

  2. Augusto Magaña

    Just about that year I was hooked with Linux. I used it as my main operating systems for my laptops. That includes school, and now work. If I needed Winbugs I just used vmware. I used Slackware, RedHat, Gentoo and my favourite is now Fedora. I just recently got hooked with Mac because of Snow Leopard and my new MacBook Air. Fedora will have to sit on a virtual machine. Mac is so clean and fast, hardware integration is top notch also. Tablets will be the future PCs, me-thinks.

    Try Fedora on a different partition, use GParted to fiddle with partitions without losing any data.

    Cheers, long live linux and Mac. Screw winbugs.

    1. jonathan

      yeah =) I have snow leopard on my macbook pro. it just works.
      I have a small netbook that i use backtrack linux on, it has win7 on it, incase i need to see BSODs. i also have an ipad.
      I think an ipad that ran osx would be excellent (maybe the os after lion?)


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