"Kara Pritchard, author of the Linux Exam Cram book, is a
project manager for Linux.com, developing the Linux User Group
resource section. In an ongoing consulting endeavor, Kara has been
promoting the use of Linux in both corporate and educational
facilities since late 1995. She is also the Assistant Director for
Program Development for the Linux Professional Institute
(www.lpi.org). LPI is responsible for developing the standard
for Linux certification, which is non-distribution
"Randy: You sound very busy. Thank you for taking the time to
talk with me today. I'd like to start by asking where you first
learned about Linux, and why you started using it."
"Kara: Heh, this is kind of a funny story. But a lot of people
seem to like it. I was actually introduced to both my (now) husband
and Linux at the same moment. I had just been shown IRC (Internet
Relay Chat), and had found the 'Southern Illinois Linux Users
Group' Channel, #SILUG. Being from Southern Illinois myself, I
innocently joined. Shortly thereafter I was asked to leave, being
told that #SILUG was dedicated to Linux and if I wanted to chat to
go elsewhere. I made the mistake of asking what Linux was, and from
then on was sucked in."
"At first I simply got involved in some of the organizational
aspects of SILUG. I became more and more addicted to using Linux
after I left college having already become accustomed to using Unix
and Pine for internet and email activities. In addition, I began to
handle a majority of business for my (now) husband. It was simply
an uphill path from then on."
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