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November 18, 2004

Call For Help

As I have stated in the past, I was first introduced to the internet in 1992. In fact, it was during my undergrad days at FAMU. We had old token-ring networks and used IBM's PROFs to send email to the rest of the world.

My computing affliction took root (pun intended) when I was introduced to UNIX in 1994. While at Texas A&M, discovered that UNIX was an industrial strength OS that spawned the internet and later the World Wide Web.

Specifically, I was interested in developing webpages, so that I could tell my story to the world. In most cases, I used Sparc Solaris pizza boxes and vi editor to write mostly primitive webpages. Ultimately, I had to learn UNIX to manifest the webpages.

So I wondered, how could I do this cool stuff at home? In 1996, someone mentioned that I could run an OS called Linux. In those days, it was best known as a clone for the x86 platform.


So I wondered, how could I do this cool stuff at home ? In 1996, someone mentioned that I could run an OS called Linux. In those days, it was best known as a clone for the x86 platform. Later, I came across a book called Linux Unleashed(1st-Ed) - Sams Publishing. Inside the book sleeve was CD with the vernerable Slackware distribution (2.2.0) and 1.2.13 kernel. The rest was history.

I've been a Slackware user ever since, and have used Linux at home for the past 10 yrs. During the time I've used Slack, I've come to rely upon the Open Source community for help and assistance with newbie and more technical questions.

I was very honored and pleased to receive responses directly from the founder and chief developer of the Slackware distribution - Pat Volkerding. He usually never had problems offering helpful suggestions to various problems that I experienced. Try that with M$, but I digress.

Although, we've never met, I do consider him among the many cyberpals that I've met during my virtual travels. I believe I owe much to Pat and his Slackware team. His distro helped me learn UNIX and also permitted me to build my earlier websites.

Recently, I learned that Pat is quite ill. In fact, his situation appears to be worsening.
I know there are some of you who are well adept in medicine and antibiotics. Please contact him with any helpful and potentially lifesaving suggestions.

Posted by AG at November 18, 2004 8:51 AM