Posts Tagged ‘memoirs’

my history of linux

November 6, 2013
  • Tried various linux distros between 1997-2003; being a mostly Windows guy back at the time (yeah I did start out as a Windows sysadmin) I ended up not investing any time trying to figure out why the mouse would not work, X didn’t start etc.
  • I ended up installing Gentoo stage 1 back in 2004. Having to manually configure pretty much everything in the system essentially forced me to learn a bunch of new stuff, allowing me to actually land a job that required Unix-fu a year later.
  • I ended up uninstalling Gentoo from my desktop system a year later when I decided that wasting 3 hours to fix my LVM setup was too much for what should be a simple emerge update.
  • In $dayjob I’ve been dutifully running, maintaining and otherwise working with a bunch of Linux systems since 2005, CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, RHEL 5.x and RHEL 6.x, OpenSUSE, CoreOS and maybe others I forget. Having been a mostly Solaris fanboy from 2005 onwards I have a love/hate relationship with it but I am willing to admit that it gets the job done most of the time.
  • I still think that Linux on the desktop is not worth my time and effort. If it’s worth yours then great.
  • Oh, I had an Android phone for a year or so and still love my Google gen-1 Nexus 7. Do Android devices count? 🙂

There, happy @ebalaskas?

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