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A Linux Enthusiast Is the Best Way to Describe My Linux Passion

RT Cunningham | July 21, 2020 (UTC) | Linux

LinuxI’m a Linux enthusiast, not quite a fanatic and not quite an evangelist. I like reading technical articles about almost anything, although lately I prefer learning specifics about the Linux operating system. A voracious reader, I probably spend more time reading than anything else. Blogging takes so little time in comparison.

I don’t remember exactly when I started using Linux but I used both Windows and Linux at the same time for a few years. I started using Linux full time when the hard drive failed in one of my Windows laptop computers in 2015. At the time, I didn’t want to put Windows on the new hard drive. It was barely big enough for both Windows (to run properly) and Linux.

There are hundreds of Linux “distributions” based on the Linux operating system. Unlike other operating systems, Linux users aren’t tied to specific distributions or desktop environments. We get to choose which distributions and desktop environments we want to use - a mix and match kind of thing.

The Linux Operating System

I still use Windows on rare occasions. Very few of the software applications I want to use run only on Windows. I dual-boot Windows and Linux on my laptop computer when I don’t have a VirtualBox machine set up. The only thing I do with Windows regularly is to let it install the monthly updates. I may drop it altogether soon seeing as how it wouldn’t be difficult to set it all back up when necessary.

I didn’t begin my personal computer experiences with Windows. If you count word processors, it was probably a word processor I can’t remember the name of in 1984. If you count entertainment consoles, it was probably an Atari game console I owned in 1987. Otherwise, it was MS-DOS, another Microsoft operating system. I used a Zenith 248 (with a 286 processor) in 1987.

My first home computer was a Commodore 64C in 1988 and I replaced it with a Commodore 128D a year later. My next home computer was a desktop computer running Windows 3.11 in 1994. I was on the internet well before Windows 95 became available.

I started becoming familiar with Linux when I created my first public website in 2006. Learning to use PHP in a Linux shared server environment turned into a necessity. My first experience with Linux was through an SSH command line interface. Today, I prefer using a desktop environment but I appreciate the ability to work at the command line as well.

Linux Knowledge

Today, I know more about Linux than I ever did but it doesn’t matter. I’ll never learn enough to teach anyone about it with any degree of competence. I just don’t have the patience for it.

The best I can do is pass on the little knowledge (in comparison to others) I accumulate. I hope you enjoy reading my articles as much as I enjoy writing them.

Image Attribution: Larry Ewing and The GIMP / CC0
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in June 2020.

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