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Hardware One: How I learned Linux - Part 1

Apr 07, 2000, 01:40 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by rhandeev)

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"My stint with Linux began in February 1996. I was then a first year student at the (then) department of information systems and computer science. I had dreams, just like anybody else; dreams of CMU, Stanford, Berkeley... the Dean's List and all that crap that comes along with wanting to be a high flyer."

"I looked around. Nervously. I was an expert user in DOS. I did things most users would never understand, nor ever have to. And I never dreamed I would ever have to stoop so low as to ask someone how to list my own bloody files. It was humiliating. I was 100% illiterate. I was naked. All my knowledge about DOS was, in the blink of an instant, almost complete trash. I was suddenly obsolete."

"A February afternoon, 1996. I was beginning on my first steps of writing C in Emacs. ... Beside me sat a young man. Pimples. Pale. Undernourished. Oh, and stressed, definitely, by the looks of it. ... "Would you like to buy a Linux CDROM?" Thus began my first encounter with Xinwei, founder of the NUS Linux User Group. My world was about to change drastically, and I had no idea."

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