Mike's Linux Site

Please note that this is just my introduction to how I first experienced Linux. My "real" Linux page is a bit more thorough (and interesting, IMHO). Please also consider my scripts page which is evolving along with my experience or my screen shots page, with pictures of my working desktop.

Where I'm coming from

I've known of Linux for some time, but never used it until 1998. In the fall of 1997, I was working for an ISP (Tyenet) and we were taking a serious look at replacing Windows NT (4.0, SP3) as our DNS and caching box. The issue of Linux and FreeBSD were both brought to my attention and I installed each on a machine which I then worked with quickly. Redhat's distribution (distribution?) was the easiest to install and configure and so I did some quick web searching and installed and configured BIND 4.9.6 (and later 8.1.2) on it. I also installed (with help of course) Squid, the Internet caching daemon (get this!) which I now run on my PC as well as a common system cache between my wife and I for Netscape / Lynx / etc.

I installed Linux on my home PC just a short while ago, in November of 1998. I downloaded Redhat Linux 5.1 from their FTP site to my hard drive, shrunk my FAT partition down (using System Commander), made the installation diskettes, and installed it.

For all of you who have tried and failed (or are afraid of trying and failing), I should mention that I installed it about 6 times in the first day to get it right. A number of times I installed it, rebooted into Windows, went online and read up on what I hadn't known how to answer. PS, Redhat (if you're reading this), consider adding the functionality of RPM -qpi to the installation procedure when the user is selecting groups of packages to install. If this feature is there, make it more obvious, because I've never found it.

Addendum (Summer 1999): RedHat has indeed added the functionality to see what a package is when selecting packages to install (Redhat 6.x). The installation program is also now almost foolproof, offering "Workstation" and "Server" automatic installations. Consider using one of these your first time and then redo your system (customised) once you figure it all out.

Feel free to continue to the next page ... or take a look at my project wishlist -- things I'd like to see done on Linux. For a quick example of what Linux can look like on your desktop, consider my screen shots page.


This will eventually become a new page of "stuff I had to look too hard to find". Here they are for now:

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It was last updated on the 26st of December, 2016.