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NewsForge: Linux and love; the Gerard Beekmans story

Dec 27, 2000, 20:39 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bresnick)

"Gerard Beekmans started Linux From Scratch, his guide to building a Linux Operating System from the bottom up, for two reasons. First, because he didn't like the way existing distributions dictated organization and ultimately had more control over his operating system than he did. Second, because he had just moved from Holland to Toronto, Canada, to marry the woman he fell in love with online. His working papers hadn't come through yet so he had some extra time on his hands...."

"That year at college was a doozy. Not only did he meet his first love, but his second too. He says there were a lot of geeks there and that they introduced him to Linux. But that relationship didn't go quite as smoothly as his first one did. When he got up to speed with the distributions, he became less pleased."

"If you use Red Hat or any of those general distributions you're stuck with the way they want you to work. Like the way the files are organized or the way the programs are installed and the package management. I just want more freedom and the distributions, they limited that and if I were to implement my own I could really do everything exactly the way I wanted, organize everything exactly the way I wanted to so I would know how everything was installed and where to find everything. I want pure control over the system. I like knowing what is where and what is happening behind my back."

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