Friday, April 6, 2007

The History -- My Dive into Linux

I have been using linux since I was 12. And the initial experiences were nothing short of scary. Linux as I understood at that time, was only meant for the elite group who were born and brought up with computers, who knew the internals, the kernel and all the jargon. Despite the barriers for entry I tried to get along with it. I can proudly say curiosity played a very big part in that :)

My first Linux distribution was µlinux (pronounced micro Linux) a CLI based Linux distribution. It did not teach me much, I was very curious about the GUI part of Linux.  I then bought the book 'Using Linux' which gave me my first Complete Linux Distributions bundled with the book. (those were the days when having a 56K modem was considered a luxury). 

I first tried to install Debian/GNU Linux whose installation was overly complicated for me as a novice. I then tried Caldera Open Linux which had a nice graphical Installer Lizard but installation failed due to some hardware issue. 

I finally tried Red Hat Linux whose installation went on flawlessly and in less than half an hour I had a Linux system up and running. I logged in and was welcomed by the boring CLI. I knew I was just 1 step away from the GUI, the startx command did it all. (I did my research well)

I booted into the default Desktop environment for Red Hat the GNOME and I will never forget the first login -- it was Love at First Sight, my hobby then turned into a passion that still drives me. 

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