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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.


Aug
13
comment Why can't I run this C program?
Just for the sake of your own sanity later, put a "break;" on the "case -1:" line. You'll thank yourself for it later. Also, have the child process call _exit(0), and the parent call exit(0).
Aug
11
answered Regarding the server distributions
Aug
9
comment Which extension to use for text files? (Unix/Linux)
You should emphasize that Linux file names do not have "extensions" - the ".txt" part of a file name that contains it is merely a substring. You should also emphasize that internal file organization (LF-ended strings, CR-LF ended strings, fixed size records, etc) is not even faintly related to name, nor is the "app" that knows about the file related to it by name.
Aug
2
answered disabling mouse support in `vim` in a `gnome-terminal` environment
Jul
30
awarded  Student
Jul
30
comment Methods of pasting X11 primary selection contents?
Just a little. If I copy some text with a mouse, I often want to paste it while both hands are back on the keyboard, you know, like when editing with Vim. Or maybe I paste once with the middle-mouse-button, and then a few seconds later, I want to paste again, but both hands are on the keyboard.
Jul
30
asked Methods of pasting X11 primary selection contents?
Jul
30
revised Is there an upper limit to the number of zombie processes you can have?
Correct a bad error - a hard limit per user, or per system does exist.; added 18 characters in body
Jul
29
comment Access Unix Clipboard
You should post your bind-paste-to-keyboard-shortcut as a question - you'll get better help that way.
Jul
28
answered Access Unix Clipboard
Jul
28
revised Is there an upper limit to the number of zombie processes you can have?
Clarify that I wrote and ran this program under linux, and don't have HP-UX around to try it on.
Jul
28
answered Is there an upper limit to the number of zombie processes you can have?
Jul
23
answered How to log all my DNS queries?
Jul
22
comment Why is ping so slow?
When you run ping do all pings come back? That is, does your setupu loose pings or packets?
Jul
22
answered Importance of fsck at boot with Journalled filesystems?
Jul
21
comment Uniformity of Linux files
"All files are a sequence of bytes" might be true now, when Linux, Windows and OSX rule the roost, but it wasn't true in Unix V1 - V7 days. VMS files had types not for the "app" that created and used them, but rather for their internal organization: fixed-length records, variable-length records, CR-LF terminated records, etc etc. I'm pretty sure that IBM mainframe OSes have the same nightmarish "file type" scenario, as did the Univac OS. Also, what about HFS "forks" and NTFS alternate data streams?
Jul
21
answered Tools to visualize file size distributions
Jul
20
answered How do I copy a folder keeping owners and permissions intact?
Jul
19
comment vi/vim, how can I write out a number of lines to a new file
Inclusive. Also inclusive if you use patterns: :/^something/,/^else/ w filename, or marks: 'a,'b w filename includes the lines marked 'a' and 'b'.
Jul
19
revised Uniformity of Linux files
added 130 characters in body