Eight Years Being A Linux User
When I was doing some cleaning today, I found a receipt. It says
I bought a RedHat Linux CD on November 2, 1999.
Even now, I can still catch my feeling at that time when I first type
"ls" and "whoami".
I have used four versions of Linux distribution on PC among these years,
- RedHat Linux 6.1 (assembled with Chinese tools, with kernel
- BluePoint Linux 1.0 (localization version of RedHat, with
Chinese patch in kernel-2.2.13)
- BluePoint Linux 2.0 (upgrade of 1.0, with Chinese patched
- Fedora Core 3 (kernel 18.104.22.168 was installed to fit my laptop's
RedHat cost me 18 RMB Yuan(around two dollars.
At that time, the price of Windows 98 is 1900 RMB Yuan in chinese market.)
I installed version 6.1 and get started by reading a book named
Linux User's Complete Handbook, written by a chinese guru in 1999.
The book is easy to read and have great examples for set up everything
what I need. It was borrowed by my friend and eventually disappeared
in the world.
Because it's uncomfortable to input Chinese in RedHat 6.1, two month
later, I bought BluePoint Linux 1.0. This distribution is developed
by a team who concerned to Chinese patch for Linux kernel.
This is my favorate Linux distribution. It cost me 55 RMB Yuan.
With a localized kernel and a wonderful Chinese input method,
It had been used for four years. But the BluePoint team have no
plan to continue this distribution, so my kernel-2.2.16 died at 2005.
In autumn of 2005, I bought a laptop and put Fedora Core 3 in it for free.
In order to use a PCMCIA modem, I re-compiled the latest kernel at that
time - kernel-22.214.171.124. FC3 is a amazing OS in many aspects, but the input
method on X seems not as stable as BluePoint.
In spring of 2006, I bought a Sharp Zaurus C1000 mini PC and installed
PdaXrom 1.1.0 (with the kernel 2.4.20) in it. PdaXrom is a full Gnu/Linux
distribution, theoretically C1000 can do everything that Linux PC can do.
I use this machine to read PDF document, enjoy SF novel and music,
do some computing, and write articles. The worst defect of Zaurus is
its small keyboard, it's too small to type with six fingers or more.
For more informations about PdaXrom, please visit its
In this autumn(2007), I bought a Agenda VR3 - a beautiful Linux PDA. The CPU is
NEC VR4181, and the Linux kernel version is 2.4.0. I upgraded the
SDRAM of VR3 from 8MB to 16MB successfully, but now the touch panel doesn't
work because the connection was broken. So I ordered three more Agenda VR3
to continue my experiment.
To get more infomations about Agenda VR3, please go to
My Agenda VR3 Page.
The left is Zaurus C1000 with PdaXrom and the right is Agenda VR3 with
custom Kernel and X window.