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Happy 17th Birthday Linux: Share your story

Linux turns 17 today (October 6) and Techrepublic wants to know how (and when) you first got started using the Linux operating system.

Today (October 6) marks the seventeenth year since Linus Torvalds posted this to comp.os.minix:

Do you pine for the nice days of minix-1.1, when men were men and wrote their own device drivers? Are you without a nice project and just dying to cut your teeth on a OS you can try to modify for your needs? Are you finding it frustrating when everything works on minix? No more all-nighters to get a nifty program working? Then this post might be just for you :-)

As I mentioned a month(?) ago, I'm working on a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers. It has finally reached the stage where it's even usable (though may not be depending on what you want), and I am willing to put out the sources for wider distribution. It is just version 0.02 (+1 (very small) patch already), but I've successfully run bash/gcc/gnu-make/gnu-sed/compress etc under it.

Of those 17 years I have been using Linux for about 10. I know my story and I've spoken about it frequently here on Techrepublic. But I thought this would be a great opportunity for everyone to tell their story of how (and when) they began with Linux.

So, without further adieu, let the bards roll their collective d20s and let the tales unfold.

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