The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

“Here's a nickel kid. Get yourself a real computer”

“Here you go, kid,” said Dad, as he handed me a book with a bright yellow jacket. “I heard this ‘Linux’ is the next up-and-coming thing in computers.”

I look at the title: Linux for Dummies: Quick Reference. “Um … thank you. You do realize I run Linux both at home, and at work, right?”

“Hey, maybe you can learn something from it.”

So I'm skimming through the book and … elm? pine? rsh? FVWM? When was this book written? … Oh … 2000. That explains it. Everybody these days are running mutt, ssh and GNOME.

It'll fit nicely on the shelf next to Sams Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 Hours and Inside OS/2.

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