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Feb 23, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"My dad brought a copy of BSD home with him, and we sat down together. The installation process wasn't easy, and he didn't want me to try it alone. It ran! I had a window! There were little games on it! I had this new modem thing, and I could talk to people! It was amazing.

"I was on a BBS in 1995 and I saw this post about Linux. I had heard about Linux before. I had seen it on other BBSs. I even heard about it from a distant cousin. It was really popular. My 8 year old brain didn't really realize the importance until I was informed that in Linux, only the kernel is maintained and controlled by Linux developers, and that I could play with everything else to my heart's content. I was intrigued as I enjoyed (and still do) tinkering with things. That was that. I downloaded Slackware and installed it (and unfortunately forgot to back up my journal that I had kept for 3 years [though going from 5 to 8 it wasn't too intriguing, but it was the first thing I ever did on a computer])."

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