10+ Years of Linux (for me)

From: William Wade 
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I just realized today that some point in in the last year I passed the
point where ten years previously I first installed Linux. Christmas of
2001, my parents bought me a boxed copy of RedHat 7.2 and I had been
working with other distributions earlier that summer. Means I've been
using Linux for about 40% of my life. :) (Next year is my 20th
anniversary of my first email account, Juno if you were wondering.)

It is really nice to think about where desktop Linux has come since
then. At that time there was basically no games except simple clones
and Loki Software, StarOffice or a chance at WordPerfect was still the
best you could do in the area of word processing. I had to buy an
external modem to get it online as WinTel modems were not supported.
It was still Mozilla shipping with distributions, and people had not
yet gotten riled up about Gnome2 because it wasn't out yet. Webmin was
the best general purpose admin tool, and ext3 was brand new. X server
development was stuck.

We all often complain about how we hate the new Gnome/KDE or company
XYZ/ACB for not supporting Linux. In the past 10 years I think we can
say that Linux has does well for itself. Companies have risen and
fallen, carried the banner of Linux high (and tried *caugh*SCO*caugh*
to trample it underfoot). Some things have remained the same like
RedHat and others have nicely changed like ATI Graphics opening up
thanks to AMD.

So here is to the next 10 years of working with Linux. Who knows what
the future may bring!

What are your memories from the Linux of 10 years ago? What's your
Linux age? (And if you claim more than 21 years then I want a shot at
your time machine!)

=============================================================== From: Stephen Haywood ------------------------------------------------------ My first exposure to linux was Mandrake (I think) over 11 years ago. It is crazy to think how far its come. I've tried more than once over those 11 years to abandon Microsoft completely but I'm still not there. -- Stephen Haywood Information Security Consultant CISSP, GPEN, OSCP T: @averagesecguy W: averagesecurityguy.info

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ my first linux install was in 1995. After spending hours installing Slackware 0.9x from floppies, I was "rewarded" with a blank/grey X-winders screen. Woohoo! my first SUCCESSFUL linux install was 1997, lol https://linuxcounter.net/user/87042.html ----- Original Message ---- From: William Wade To: CHUGALUG Sent: Wed, January 11, 2012 7:59:21 AM Subject: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) I just realized today that some point in in the last year I passed the point where ten years previously I first installed Linux. Christmas of 2001, my parents bought me a boxed copy of RedHat 7.2 and I had been working with other distributions earlier that summer. Means I've been using Linux for about 40% of my life. :) (Next year is my 20th anniversary of my first email account, Juno if you were wondering.) It is really nice to think about where desktop Linux has come since then. At that time there was basically no games except simple clones and Loki Software, StarOffice or a chance at WordPerfect was still the best you could do in the area of word processing. I had to buy an external modem to get it online as WinTel modems were not supported. It was still Mozilla shipping with distributions, and people had not yet gotten riled up about Gnome2 because it wasn't out yet. Webmin was the best general purpose admin tool, and ext3 was brand new. X server development was stuck. We all often complain about how we hate the new Gnome/KDE or company XYZ/ACB for not supporting Linux. In the past 10 years I think we can say that Linux has does well for itself. Companies have risen and fallen, carried the banner of Linux high (and tried *caugh*SCO*caugh* to trample it underfoot). Some things have remained the same like RedHat and others have nicely changed like ATI Graphics opening up thanks to AMD. So here is to the next 10 years of working with Linux. Who knows what the future may bring! What are your memories from the Linux of 10 years ago? What's your Linux age? (And if you claim more than 21 years then I want a shot at your time machine!)

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ My first attempt failed as well. Corel Linux (first ed). I don't think it even got through the install. Slackware

=============================================================== From: Rod-Lists ------------------------------------------------------ Wow! That reminds me that I got started in the early 90's . Slackware like ed. Played with it on and off for years. But then again I also used modems connected to dumb terminals to hit fido net. ----- Original Message ----- From: William Wade To: CHUGALUG Sent: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:59:21 -0500 (EST) Subject: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) I just realized today that some point in in the last year I passed the point where ten years previously I first installed Linux. Christmas of 2001, my parents bought me a boxed copy of RedHat 7.2 and I had been working with other distributions earlier that summer. Means I've been using Linux for about 40% of my life. :) (Next year is my 20th anniversary of my first email account, Juno if you were wondering.) It is really nice to think about where desktop Linux has come since then. At that time there was basically no games except simple clones and Loki Software, StarOffice or a chance at WordPerfect was still the best you could do in the area of word processing. I had to buy an external modem to get it online as WinTel modems were not supported. It was still Mozilla shipping with distributions, and people had not yet gotten riled up about Gnome2 because it wasn't out yet. Webmin was the best general purpose admin tool, and ext3 was brand new. X server development was stuck. We all often complain about how we hate the new Gnome/KDE or company XYZ/ACB for not supporting Linux. In the past 10 years I think we can say that Linux has does well for itself. Companies have risen and fallen, carried the banner of Linux high (and tried *caugh*SCO*caugh* to trample it underfoot). Some things have remained the same like RedHat and others have nicely changed like ATI Graphics opening up thanks to AMD. So here is to the next 10 years of working with Linux. Who knows what the future may bring! What are your memories from the Linux of 10 years ago? What's your Linux age? (And if you claim more than 21 years then I want a shot at your time machine!)

=============================================================== From: Randy Yates ------------------------------------------------------ I bought a set of Linux distros from cheapbytes.com back in the 90's. It had a good mix of distros to try out. I think I still have most of the disks in a cd case. Here's a list of the disks I found from that set: Stampede Linux, Mandrake Linux 6.1, Slackware 4.0, Essential Debian 2.1, Caldera OpenLinux Free Version 2.3, S.u.S.E. 6.2 sure I was using Linux as far back as '97 though. Unfortunately, I didn't have broadband until 2001. I remember how fun it was to get dialup connections going on Linux back then. It was hard to find a good hardware modem. Linux has come a long way. 1999 doesn't seem that long ago, but technology has surged since then. 2020 is going to be amazing.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting Stephen Haywood : My first exposure was an OOOLD version of RedHat, I think pre-RPM days. 'Course it wasn't on MY computer, it was my roomie's computer (Hi, Nate!) The first computer I used with linux on it was a dual-boot Windows/RedHat (5 I think) but since RedHat didn't support the video on the machine, Mike H. bought an Nvidia Riva TNT card for the workstation at COL and we installed Mandrake and it ran that until I no longer worked for COL. :D Ever since I've pretty much stuck with RedHat/Fedora, except on a laptop that I rebuilt which is running Kubuntu.

=============================================================== From: Jonathan Calloway ------------------------------------------------------ My first exposure was SLES back in 2002. I actually messed a little with So= laris then too! I remember getting open sues running under LILO. Fun! Sent from my iPad s ourse it wasn't on MY computer, it was my roomie's computer (Hi, Nate!) The f= irst computer I used with linux on it was a dual-boot Windows/RedHat (5 I th= ink) but since RedHat didn't support the video on the machine, Mike H. bough= t an Nvidia Riva TNT card for the workstation at COL and we installed Mandra= ke and it ran that until I no longer worked for COL. :D hat I rebuilt which is running Kubuntu.

=============================================================== From: rdflowers ------------------------------------------------------ Stampede linux in '98 or '99 . I believe it was on an XT or an AT at best. ----- Message from jonathancalloway@gmail.com --------- Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:58:28 -0500 From: Jonathan Calloway Reply-To: CHUGALUG Subject: Re: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) To: CHUGALUG

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I've never seen a version of Linux that would run on anything less than 386... ----- Original Message ---- From: rdflowers To: chugalug@chugalug.org Sent: Fri, January 13, 2012 10:04:50 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) Stampede linux in '98 or '99 . I believe it was on an XT or an AT at best. ----- Message from jonathancalloway@gmail.com --------- Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:58:28 -0500 From: Jonathan Calloway Reply-To: CHUGALUG Subject: Re: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) To: CHUGALUG

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ well I'll be damned, there IS a version of linux for 286... http://elks.sourceforge.net/ its probably useless but cool... just like me, lol ----- Original Message ---- From: Ed King To: base@chalice.us; CHUGALUG Sent: Fri, January 13, 2012 11:56:23 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) I've never seen a version of Linux that would run on anything less than 386... ----- Original Message ---- From: rdflowers To: chugalug@chugalug.org Sent: Fri, January 13, 2012 10:04:50 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) Stampede linux in '98 or '99 . I believe it was on an XT or an AT at best. ----- Message from jonathancalloway@gmail.com --------- Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:58:28 -0500 From: Jonathan Calloway Reply-To: CHUGALUG Subject: Re: [Chugalug] 10+ Years of Linux (for me) To: CHUGALUG

=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ +1 I thought 32-bit was required. -AW =20 is 1 Course=20 rst=20 nk) but=20 vidia=20 t ran=20 that I=20

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Translation for the new list members, (both of you guys should know better....) : RD meant it was an AT style power supplied computer. If you were digging up XT machines circa that time-frame, you were having a hard enough time finding bootable media for the thing... Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org/ iEYEARECAAYFAk8REssACgkQABP1RO+tr2QAsgCfbOFWp4izchL8qvsuoqQzNI/f CGUAnjqCQDgXOhFqanD9QUywiFTYNNPG =af8L -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ ----- Original Message ---- tried to boot elks on a toshiba t1000se and zenith supersport laptops, but no luck (hardware problems). both of these laptops used to work but I guess 4+ years of neglect has caused them to bleed to death tried to boot elks on a tandy tl/3 but apparently the floppy drive isn't 1.44 like I thought (shoulda googled) the same floppy boots fine in a tandy 386 s(u)x so that tells me the floppy disk is "ok", but booting linux on a 386 is boring, so I've got to keep trying... I'll giggle like a little girl if I can remaster the floppy images to 5.25 and get elks to boot up on the 5150. I didn't think multi-tasking could be done on anything less than 386 because the 386 had the necessary hardware needed for multi-tasking...