next london user group meeting

Andrew Hodgson andrew at
Sun Sep 18 13:39:47 BST 2005

I'm kind of a returning user! I was maintaining a test-bed at my last workplace and had free reign on the test machines, so I installed FreeBSD (4.7?) to try, even rolled my own kernel. I've been a Linux user for years now, but getting fed up with a) poor documentation b) disparity between distributions (which I always think is akin to the infighting of socialist factions in Spain in the 70s) c) smart arses and lack of answers on forums.

It's interesting this, because after years using FreeBSD (my first OS OS ;) I'm finally coming round to Linux. I've found a decent way to get around it by being forced to use, like you, RH at work, and having Debian at home. This gives me a pretty broad knowledge of the Linux world, and you can get a feel for the different styles. But the main thing with Linux is that I do think the GNU programs are excellent tools, and once you get your head around the OS it makes a lot of sense. Same with *BSD, of course. I just like to know about what most of the geek world is banging on about...and it turns out to be 'alright'.

The forums aspect I've had less experience with, I suppose because after a year or two using BSD you learn how to track a problem down! (Also, after years of asking embarrassing questions on very public forums, you learn to be careful!)

The point of this rambling is, I suppose, to say that I happily run Linux and *BSD (Free and Open), and through them get to check out a lot of the best of OSS, along with excellent platforms for networking research and (beginners) programming. There's a lot to be said for concentrating and learning your platform, but I don't believe in closing oneself off to anything, and frankly, f**k the politics.



(written on Outlook 2003, Windows XP....who gives a s**t, really?  ^_^)

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