Adventures As Me

Linux 15 years on

Written 17 Sep 2010

This month marks the 15th anniversary of my foray into Linux. It all began with the mention of the word Linux on a BBS I frequented in Bisbee, Arizona (I lived in Douglas, Arizona at the time). Not long after that I chanced upon a book entitled “Using Linux.1” I bought the book and installed my first Linux distro: Slackware.

Over the years I’ve used many distros, and other operating systems. My current distro of choice is openSUSE, mainly because I prefer the KDE desktop and none of the Debian-derived distros have a KDE implementation I like.

One thing I still recall from 1994: my dial-up Internet connection was much faster in Linux than in Windows 3.11 or DOS (faster than in Windows 95 when I installed it the following year).

My chief problems with Linux in 1994? Drivers for my proprietary Sony CD-ROM drive. Lackluster performance of my video card in X Window.

My chief problems with Linux in 2010? Usability problems with setting up my mouse the way I want it. Inability to run OS X applications2 on Linux like I can with Windows Applications using wine. No one can decide on how sound should be handled.

  1. I’m actually not certain that was the title. All I really recall is the book was very thick and published by QUE

  2. There’s really only one application I want to run: omnifocus

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