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Hardware One: How I Learned Linux - Part 3.5

Apr 29, 2000, 18:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by rhandeev)

[ Thanks to skaven for this link. ]

"In January 1996, I did not yet know that Unix had grown up with the Internet, nor did I understand the standards that made the Internet possible. I routinely used telnet, ftp, and netscape, and I knew that web servers were available on Unix machines as on Windows, but I did not know how they worked. In short, I was a dumb user."

"Just so I could peek under the hood and perhaps even mess with the engine a little, I desired to set up my own web server, on my own machine, up close and personal where I could mess with its config file and "master the damn Internet", whatever species of elephant it was."

"...I had been using the Internet long enough to know that localhost meant the local machine, and should have reasoned that you didn't need a real network to connect from your own machine to itself. ...I instead discovered it by accident."

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