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LinuxNews.com: What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been: A Linux Newbie Trips on the Open Source Welcome Mat

Aug 31, 2000, 20:09 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"Frebe Field first contacted LinuxNews.com in June, 2000, with what he thought might be an off-the-wall subject--an UN-success story. "Well, I don't know how this might sound, but ever since I started to try to get a Linux system up and running as an alternative to the big DoZZZe in February of 1999, it's been one drag after another," Field began."

"Some of Field's initial roadblocks to Linux success proved easier to surmount than others. "First, I couldn't get a Linux system to read DoZZZe files, and since I have tens of thousands of them, I had to wait until I could get a system to read them," he continued. While the file reader Field needed materialized, his problems persisted. "Unfortunately, the roadblocks to getting a much desired, non-crashing system (for myself) have continued to this day."

"Field maintains that he started his Linux quest with a newbie's genuine enthusiasm. "You see, I tried to install Red Hat 6.0 a few months ago after I went to a Linux fair, and then saw a Linux user's group at Comdex, but I was thwarted by its inability to recognize my 27gig ATA (a.k.a. integrated drive electronics, or IDE) 66 drive," he complained. This particular hang-up would continue to plague Field's installation efforts for some time."

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