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Byte.com: Linux, Corel, Comdex & The Byte.com Awards

Dec 20, 1999, 17:28 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Pournelle)

"The big story at Comdex was Linux. We gave the Linux Business Pavilion our Byte Best of Show award, and best software to the Corel Linux Office Suite. Given this much Byte attention to Linux, I rushed home to revive Linette, my Linux box, and get going with the Linux project again. Specifically, I decided to use the Red Hat distribution of Linux, because Red Hat seems to be both the single most popular flavor as well as the most widely supported."

"The first thing I found was that you don't really want to learn Linux with old equipment. True enough, Linux is fast enough that it can make some of your older stuff useful (people are getting good service out of 386 machines), but take my advice: before you try that, first learn what you are doing...."

"Once again, Red Hat reformatted my disk, trundled, came up in a bare command line, and asked me to log in. I did that -- and couldn't think of anything else to do. I tried various commands to start the graphical interface, but none of them worked. I looked through books and help files. I expect I would have found it eventually, but I didn't bother. Instead, I did what everyone ought to be able to do when first playing with Unix/Linux. I called a wizard."

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