Since this is a linux.ie blog, I suppose I better highlight my experience of linux (and computers in general).
I don’t remember how I first became curious about the OS, but after I had, and had read a bit about it, I decided to install a basic system on my Mac SE/30, since I wasn’t using it for anything else. Since the machine doesn’t have a CDROM, I had to download all the files off the internet, which was a pain, but I got it to boot without any hassle and then couldn’t do anything with it, never having seen a Unix before, and seldom even a CLI!
Anyway, that got boring after a while, since downloading an entire distribution was unfeasible. So I got a Debian 2 cd set and installed it on my other two macs, an iMac and a 7300. I still wasn’t really able to do much, but I took it one thing at a time and I’m getting there… first was dialup, then the printer, the network… I can do most of the stuff I could do in MacOS, but I have more fun now
Since then I have bought an iBook and Debian 3. Everything is difficult with this computer. On my first boot all I got was a white screen, so I had to boot with the novideo option (later changed to video=ofonly), which meant I couldn’t use Xwindows. It was a good opportunity to get better accquainted with the console, but was frustrating at the same time. I had to install a new kernel to get it working, but I’m still not sure if I have hardware acceleration. Other fun things include trying to get the modem working. I’m connected using ip masquerading right now.