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My first Linux experience was in 1998 (via telnet into my university's server to read my email with PINE). I've run Linux on my own machines off and on since 1999 and exclusively since 2006.

My first distro was Slackware, which I quickly broke. I then went back to Windows 95. After that, my friend helped me install Debian, which I used until I replaced that machine. I found Debian too difficult to install on my own, so I put Red Hat on my newer machine. At that time, yum didn't exist, and Red Hat only offered updates if I logged in to X as root, which I rarely did. So, it quickly became outdated, and OpenOffice 1.1 couldn't handle right-to-left text, which I needed for one of my university classes. So, I started using my Windows XP laptop most of the time. I couldn't install Linux on the laptop because the NTFS tools of the era couldn't resize my partition.

After a couple of years, I decided to switch my Red Hat box to something more modern. I wanted to move away from the RPM package format, so I tried installing Debian again and once again found it too complicated to get all the features I needed. Then, I read about an up and coming Debian-based distro called Ubuntu that had just released their latest version. So, I installed 6.06 (Dapper Drake) and have used Ubuntu exclusively as my main OS all my machines since that time. I only boot into Windows a few times a year. I've tried a few other distros' live CDs, but so far have always decided that the benefits of those distros aren't significant enough for me to switch over.

For the first many years, I used the command line most of the time, as early Linux GUIs weren't up to many basic tasks. These days, the GUI tools have made leaps and bounds and are quite usable. Nevertheless, I often prefer the command line for many tasks. I'm much more likely to use vim than Gedit. But, I quite appreciate GUI tools for a number of tasks--perhaps most tasks these days.


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Mar
14
comment Use of ./ in running the compiled code
I should note that it's the presence of the slash that triggers a directory lookup instead of a PATH search. Any way you can insert a slash into the program's name is sufficient as long as it resolves to the correct program.
Feb
14
awarded  Editor
Feb
14
revised Why is sort changing the order of lines with identical sort keys?
The progressive tenses are not appropriate here. The simple present is the proper tense.
Feb
14
suggested suggested edit on Why is sort changing the order of lines with identical sort keys?
Feb
14
comment What is the difference between reboot , init 6 and shutdown -r now?
@MohsenPahlevanzadeh: If what you say is true, please explain. I don't think that it is true. Please give me enough details to convince me otherwise.
Nov
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awarded  Critic
Dec
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comment Is there a root password on OS X and Ubuntu?
On Ubuntu, su is only needed for switching to some non-root user. To run a single command as root, type sudo command. To get a root shell, type sudo -i.
Nov
4
comment Wikilink to a symbolic link in ikiwiki
Also, make sure that the permissions for the symlink's target are such that Apache can access it. That means at the minimum that all directories up to the target must have the x-bit set.
May
8
awarded  Teacher
May
8
answered fully disable the .desktop file function under GNOME?
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awarded  Supporter