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Hardware One: How I Learned Linux - Part 2

Apr 07, 2000, 16:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by rhandeev)

[ Thanks to Skaven for this link. ]

"Then a message said "Loading vmlinuz...". Damn. The welcome screen wasn't Linux yet. And whatever 'vmlinuz' was, it was big. I figured it must have been the equivalent of io.sys and msdos.sys (which I later learned is called the 'kernel' of the operating system)."

"Loads of text went by so quickly I didn't know what to make of it. For the first time in many years, I felt helpless in front of my own PC. PageUp/PageDown didn't work. There was no command prompt. Just loads and loads of text scrolling intermittently. But this was not the usual kind of helplessness. Hidden behind this helplessness was hope."

"This was Linux. This was the thing that would supposedly turn my PC into big iron. I wouldn't have to scrounge around the department UNIX servers for scraps anymore. My PC would BECOME the UNIX servers. And as far as my PC was concerned, I was its God. I would be master of the big iron, and the big iron would be my slave. I would have the source code, the blueprints to the entire system. I would be able to know it to the guts and bone. I would become its architect. The wisdom of the ancients would be made available to me without limit."

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