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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.


Jun
20
revised What's the difference of the Userland vs the Kernel?
Give example of minor differences and "smoothing over" them by the driver.
Jun
20
awarded  Good Answer
Jun
19
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
18
revised What's the difference of the Userland vs the Kernel?
Add a few more CPUs that had more than 2 protection modes.
Jun
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
18
comment Why does fstab use UUID instead of the actual file system name?
If I answered the original question, it might be a good idea to mark it "answered" and write a new question, just so you don't collect irrelevant answers, answers that work with the original and not the modified question.
Jun
18
answered Why does fstab use UUID instead of the actual file system name?
Jun
18
answered What's the difference of the Userland vs the Kernel?
Jun
17
awarded  Constituent
Jun
13
answered How to get rid of unnecessary lines in gnuplot
Jun
10
awarded  Caucus
May
31
comment What does ${3#?} do?
@mikeserv - your code doesn't look crazy to me. If you need to remove the first character of a variable's value, that's one way of doing it. The "${3#?}" usage seems to hide what it's doing, rather than make it explicit.
May
28
comment What does ${3#?} do?
Why do you write "usually used in functions"? I'm at a loss to understand why you'd want to drop the first character of an argument.
May
22
answered Wrap sentences into columns
May
20
comment Is TWM still a viable window manager?
I use twm as a matter of choice. Every once in a while, something will act strangely, but that's very rare. Typically only commercial software will have any trouble.
May
20
awarded  Nice Answer
May
17
comment Why doesn't 'ar' work like the manpage says?
Under Arch Linux, /usr/bin/ar and /usr/bin/ranlib have different inode numbers, and hence, are different files. However, @MarkPlotnick is correct: the usage message you get is from ranlib, somehow. Do ls -li /usr/bin/ranlib /usr/bin/ar to see if the inode numbers differ. On my x86_64 machine, inodes differ, but file sizes are identical. cksum does show differeent checksums, so they're two different filees.
May
16
answered Why doesn't 'ar' work like the manpage says?
May
15
awarded  Nice Answer
May
13
answered Hiding data in filesystems