5 glorious years of Linux

Wow… I’m just going through some old stuff, folders, notebooks etc. in my office and I discovered some notes from my first attempt to install Linux. The date? 26th August 1999. Crikey, there’s nostalgia. I was working at STS, and had been trapped in Windows Programming Hell since leaving university (in fact, the first few years were DOS Programming Hell, but that’s another story). Knowing there was more to life than this, I bought a terribly underspecced used PC and downloaded Debian (it was Slink, I think). I didn’t do anything useful with it, but it gave me enough knowledge & enthusiasm to land a Linux programming/sysadmin job with Frontier a few months later.

Five years on, I’m back in academia, and Unix is my bread and butter. These days I use gentoo, and I’m thinking it’s about time I gave one of the BSDs a shot, but Debian will always have a special place in my heart, as my first step towards freedom… ;-)


One Response to “5 glorious years of Linux”

  1. April 29th, 2005 | 11:08 am

    Ho1 ho1 ho1… I was referring to the programming part as hellish, as well you know. And yes, OK, it wasn’t actually hell, in fact some days I get quite nostalgic for old Zachary (still going!?) and the Workshop System. In some ways, things were so much simpler then. Plus, of course, that was where I really cut my teeth and learnt how to actually program. Compared to the work I was doing at STS, it was actually quite wonderful. But I won’t mention Norman…