Eight Years Being A Linux User

Sun Ge

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".

Gnu/Linux in Desktop and Laptop

I have used four versions of Linux distribution on PC among these years, they are:
  1. RedHat Linux 6.1 (assembled with Chinese tools, with kernel 2.2.12-10)
  2. BluePoint Linux 1.0 (localization version of RedHat, with Chinese patch in kernel-2.2.13)
  3. BluePoint Linux 2.0 (upgrade of 1.0, with Chinese patched kernel-2.2.16)
  4. Fedora Core 3 (kernel was installed to fit my laptop's hardware.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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- FC3 is a amazing OS in many aspects, but the input method on X seems not as stable as BluePoint.

Gnu/Linux in Pocket

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 homepage.

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.

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The left is Zaurus C1000 with PdaXrom and the right is Agenda VR3 with custom Kernel and X window.

sun ge 2007-11-17