Booting into Linux: Remembering the first boot!
I was then in Class 11, and I used to hear about Unix, QNX, Linux from my computer teacher. Then one fine day, just like that , I bought this book on Red Hat Linux which was giving free Red Hat 7 CDs. So after a brief skimming of the book (I am not a detailed reader), I set about installing Linux even not knowing fully about Swap, partitions and stuff.
I did not get it right the 3rd or 4th time, i dont remember. Then finally when i got it right, I booted into my Linux system. So i booted myself as a Linux user for the first time. I used it for sometime mainly for net surfing, I managed to get my external modem working, and it was by hit-and-trial yay! But my C development continued in Turbo C (windows). then about 2 years from then till 2004,I did not do much with Linux because of college admissions, etc.
Then come 2005 I started my Linux journey again, with Red Hat 9. Then RHEL 3, PCQ Linux. I had this knack of trying a distro which i came upon, since i had not yet found my favorite. Often i fucked up my whole damn machine, data and all, disappeared with routine regularity.
A funny thing i remember is that, once my installation was going on and a friend mockingly asked me, should i press a Ctrl+Del+Alt? I thought that reboot wont work during installation, morone me :) so he went ahead with his desire. Oh well, you know what happened? After about 75 % completion of the installation, I had to start from scratch.
And then till now, slowly the journey has been adventurous. I have found my favorite Linux flavor – Debian, Ubuntu, I know kernel programming, I have written articles on Linux actually telling people how they can do some fun things with their Linux box and well I am a Linux user now, completely in love with it – using it for development, movies, surfing and everything!
Its been a sweet journey!