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Re: [opensuse] Re: Goodbye to suse and why not stay, The Linux Wall
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 12:37:43 -0500
  • Message-id: <45915DE7.9090808@xxxxxxxxxx>
Michael Nelson wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 10:38:10AM -0600, John Pierce wrote:
>
>> Back about 1998 I was a newbie, I remember my first install and the
>> fun I had. I installed Redhat downloaded and did the rpm install. I
>> got the the log in prompt and logged in as root. I had no clue how to
>> do even a simple directory listing. I went back to windows and surfed
>> the web, i found some documentation about the man command and one
>> suggested to type man ls. Imagine what I learned.
>>
>
> Heh... memories.
>
> Before the www and Linux was around, I had been running FidoNet BBS systems
> on DOS and OS/2. I got laid off from my job and decided I wanted to learn
> something completely new (to me), so I decided to install Unix. A friend
> had a set of Esix floppies... 54 1.44MB floppies that made up a basic
> install of Everex's brand of AT&T SystemVR4 Unix.
>
> I installed it. Aside from the fact that it took 18 hours to do from
> floppies (and I had to do it three times because of random floppy read
> errors), when it was finished and I logged in, all I saw was "$". X?
> GUI? You've gotta be kidding, this was a text mode only install.
>
> Not encouraging.
>
> I had read somewhere that the "ls" command worked like DOS's "dir", and I
> had also learned about the "man" command. But for a while, all I could do
> was log in and type "ls", and "man man", "man ls"...
>
> Eventually I learned how to set up uucp networking, downloaded X, compiled it
> (what a nightmare!) and got twm running.
>
> My roommate and I set up a lan. We heard rumors about this thing called
> Linux, it would actually boot and run off a single floppy. I didn't believe
> it, so I downloaded it. It was version 0.98something, IIRC. It worked!
>
> Along came a distribution... Slackware. From there things started
> progressing nicely, through RedHat, and Mandrake, and a short detour into
> FreeBSD.
>
> I am amazed these days when I do something like a SUSE 10.2 install, and
> pretty much everything comes up configured and working.
>
> We've come a long way.
>
>
My first Linux install was also Slackware. I recall downloading the
various floppy packages, according to what I wanted to install.

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