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My first computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer 3 - 6809-based, running OS-9 Level II. It could run 32 processes at once, due to bank-switching a whole 1 Meg of memory.

After that, I got an AT&T 3b2, also known as a Convergent Safari. This was a Motorola 68010-based desktop.

Then, I graduated to a NeXT black&white "slab". I bought a used SPARCStation IPC in 1995, and put NetBSD 0.9 on it. I ran NetBSD on the IPC and a SPARCStation 10 until 2002.

I've been using Linux since 1997, starting with a DEC Alpha-based UDB, and downgrading to a x86 PC in 2002.

I run Arch linux, on my server and my laptop.


Feb
18
revised SSH to server, execute commands and give control back to user
Add material about default shell.
Feb
18
answered SSH to server, execute commands and give control back to user
Feb
16
comment What's the difference between a hard links and copied files?
Peter's explanation is good, but he's left out "link count". In the file's inode (on disk metadata) there's a link count. A hard link increments the link count, a soft link doesn't. The kernel is allowed to delete a file's contents if the link count drops to zero.
Feb
14
comment Convincing boss that I need to use Linux
Yes, install Cygwin. "cmd.exe" is just pitiful, and the PowerShell thing looks like a swamp of complexity. I predict you won't get to use Linux, because your boss probably uses Windows. There's something addictive about Windows for people in management, and they can't seem to imagine that anything else is even possible.
Feb
13
comment Why do inode-based file systems NOT need reboot after updating library versions?
Two observations: some file systems (ReiserFS) don't really have "inodes", but they do store a file's metadata separate from the file's data blocks, and separate from the directory entry. Second, what metadata is kept in a location pointed to by the inode, and not in the inode itself?
Feb
13
comment Why do inode-based file systems NOT need reboot after updating library versions?
Take a look at these two other questions: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/4950/what-is-an-inode and unix.stackexchange.com/questions/4402/…
Feb
7
awarded  Custodian
Feb
7
reviewed Excellent In Unix speak what is the difference between a shell script and an executable?
Feb
7
reviewed Needs Improvement What does the term static variable mean in unix speak?
Feb
7
reviewed Satisfactory Speed up playback rate of online videos in web browser on Debian Linux
Feb
7
reviewed Needs Improvement How to switch from TTY to KDE in Oracle Linux
Feb
6
comment Arch Linux - installation with old iso image
Agreed. The change to systemd seemed pretty drastic. Get the most up-to-date ISO you can, just to avoid having to do the complicated switch to systemd.
Feb
2
awarded  Generalist
Feb
1
revised Test if a string has a period in it with bash
Remove a line about Ksh compatibility that isn't necessarily an advantage.
Feb
1
comment Test if a string has a period in it with bash
Like I wrote, just another answer: why leave something out, if stackexchange is to be a definitive Q&A site?
Feb
1
answered Compute average file size
Feb
1
answered Test if a string has a period in it with bash
Feb
1
answered What distro will use less resources for a laptop?
Jan
31
answered What package could “linux-headers-3.7.5-1-ARCH” mean?
Jan
21
revised Intel 82845G Integrated Graphics hanging in Fedora 18 i686 desktop
Remove a nonsense sentence.