"I started my Linux journey in 1995 with a pile of 'A' and 'N'
Slackware diskettes. It was a real thrill to run X-Windows on my
386 machine with 16MG of RAM. In 1997, when I was hired to work for
Red Hat Software, Inc, I was brought kicking and screaming into the
world of Red Hat. As the old adage goes, I stuck with what works.
The nice thing about Red Hat is that it hides the complexity of
Linux behind binary RPMS, but the downside to Red Hat is that is
hides the complexity of Linux behind binary RPMS. Nevertheless it
works, and I, like millions of others, have continued to use Red
Hat through 2004.
"When Red Hat dropped Red Hat Linux in favor of Fedora, I
switched to Fedora and continued to be happy with the software that
came out of Raleigh.
"A few weeks ago, however, I purchased an Opteron machine with
the intention of playing with Linux on it, seeing what all the
64-bit fuss is about, and perhaps making it my new server. I
sampled several AMD64-based distributions, including Gentoo 2004.0,
and was delighted with what I found in this powerful