My Linux History
maybe a lame Linux
user, I didn't have much programming background and didn't study in
Computer Science or
But I'm really like it and trying to get the best of it. I believe that Linux is not too hard to use
like many end-users think.
At first, I really know nothing about
it. I first learned some Unix® commands in my University's Sun® and Solaris®, for a while, I
was getting familiar with the commands and the environment.
And in those early days, the documents
were rare and help are only in newsgroup and the very useful real-time helps are on IRC.
Firstly, i'd try Slackware 2.2 (which is only distribution I knew then)
on my friend's machine, it's quite okay in the 486-DX2 with 8 MB RAM
(in those days, most end users were running the slow M$ Win 3.xx with
single-tasking environment), I felt that this
resource-friendly, multi-tasking, stable OS will have the very bright future. (Even the
buggy Win95 still not release then)
So I'm trying to find more information
about it, try to install it in my machine and study it. (Of course, it's
you can try anything on it with just time and harddisk space are only 2 things that can be
As I'd upgrade to Slackware 3.0, many new feature were added, many things changes in the
better way, eg., Apache Web server was included,
the X-Windows add more VGA card driver with more X-Applications, for example Netscape,
and many multimedia application. Then, it's can be called that Linux is
Consequencely, the text-based Linux system image was deleted from my
memory. Linux is not just free and stable web, mail, ftp, DNS, news, and
etc. servers it can be very useful 32-bit multi-user and multi-tasking client/desktop with
applications. (Then, M$ WinNT 3.5x didn't have many built-in capabilities of being servers as
Linux or the late IBM OS/2 Warp®, and even
it eats more resource than Linux and OS/2). It can be
said that then Linux was becoming de-facto standard of server, many ISPs were changing there high-end,
high-cost Unix® to low-cost, lower hardware requirements Linux,
because many useful applications for them were ported to
After those periods, Linux got very
fast development in every aspects, eg., number of
users, kernel development, distributions,
supported packages, device drivers, esp. applications.
After the kernel version 2.0x and 2.1x
were released, many features were added into Linux kernel like,
Java binary, PnP (in 2.1x), loadable modules support for device drivers, speed up and fix many
previous version bugs and inferiors. Make Linux most attractive and fastest growing stable OS of the
year. (I didn't count Win95 in because I said STABLE OS).
There came the time when the shinny M$ marketing plan light can
shade over it's programming failures, Win95 is very popular among
end-users. (M$ is really very good marketing company, but not software one, I can be so sure to
comment this, because I was graduated in marketing). As many new-to-PC users were fatasize with
Wizard Gate's tricks and gimmicks on what's Apple, and the late
Next, has been done for almost a decade. Wizard Gate's adding the animated icons, active
everything (from D to X) in his OS, which eats up much resource and trying
to monopolize the computer market
with his cheap tricks as release the new version of the server WinNT 4.0 which will never be stable
(What's the wise guy we've got, after loosing many self-standard and
self-centric struggles, it got POSIX complaint, it
know TCP/IP, it got it's own web server which develop from Apache but less clever and eat more
resource, seperately sold mail server, but bundled web browser, i don't have to
tell you who M$ wanna kill now, because the US department of justice (DOJ) had announced
this already. But the most important is what M$
really announce about NT 5.0 is totally different from 4.0 (maybe because
it's easier to create new OS than fix the bug-rich OS),
and after a while, the some bug-fix of the hurry previous released Win95 called the
OSR2 (IMHO it's the real Win95, if M$ didn't hurrily released the previous
version just to kill the late OS/2®, and they
really did it), was released with bundled web browser, but the justice can
be sleep, but never die, the US department of justice just ordered M$ to take it's web browser off both
OSes. But sometimes, when a lies came over the truth, and fools believe
it, finally, M$ said that they can't take browser off, and they won!,
what's a lovely story? Maybe I can said I can't live without drinking all
the time, and federal goverment allows it?
For Linux usres, the greatest thread
is, if M$ can kill the second rival, it'll come to the third, which many sources said
that it'll be our lovely little Tux.
After those M$(WinTel) against the rest of the world issues are being concern by
most of programmers, esp. Linux users, some anti-M$ clans were start
to group virtually, the most concerning subject is to keep away the lower
standard software which full of many major bugs and consume resource like
a greedy boy that keep pushing you to unreasonably upgrade your hardware(s).
When it's come to this year (1998), many things had happened to Linux.
- Firstly, Redhat released Redhat 5.0, which was voted by many magazines to be
software of the year. Many articles about
Linux in many magazines which you never saw them write about Linux before.
(M$ was suppose to get this from it's magazines if it can released the
Win95 brother, Win97-9 on time)
it comes with easy-to-configure GUI tools with its new features and
bundled application-rich, you can easily install
and make it work as your web, email, ftp, DNS server, with just little background. It make many things easy even to
newbies (like me, I'm really new to Redhat, I once try v4.2, v5.0 is totally different in a good way).
The RPM package system made available the easy to install binary and source applications, but frankly I don't like
RPM, it too complicated, maybe for me. :P
- Secondly, GNOME's GTK and GIMP make a lot of
excitement to Unix GUI, as an alternative for Tcl/tk, IMHO this would help much in changing Linux than other OS.
- Linux uses in the giant companies, which is the proof of Linux as reliable, robust, stable platform as an
alternative OS. Many companies and agencies are running Linux eg., Digital Domain
Movie's Graphics creator of award winning Terminator, used Linux to render graphics on award winning Titanic. NASA choosed Linux for its
Beowulf project. And many more which you will
not believe that Linux can do this much.
- Collaboratives of distribution makers and volutary programmer. LSB is a very good news for Linux, not inter-distribution
headache anymore, Linux is Linux.
- As anti-M$ clan getting tighter, many commercial application is comming to Linux, some company such as Corel and VA Research offered Linux based systems
- GGI will be in kernel version 2.2x and 2.3x
- MozillaThe right decision of
Netspace to free it's browser, hope it can get market share back.