[nSLUG] linux questions
synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca
Tue Apr 10 08:25:12 ADT 2007
On Mon, 9 Apr 2007 22:33:53 -0300
"Michael Gillie" <mikegpc at gmail.com> wrote:
> My name is Michael, and I'm a brand new member.
> 1. How long have you been using linux?
Since 1995: Debian 0.93R6.
> 2. When you use linux, do you use a separate computer, or do you dual boot
> with Windows (That's if you even use Windows)?
Always pure Linux, with the exception of the occasional remote desktop
connection to a Windows system at the office.
> 3. What is you favorite Distribution?
> 4. If your linux distro has various versions and levels, please give that
I run "sid"/unstable on all my personal systems. I also run Debian 4.0 "etch"
on a production EM64T server.
> 5. Do you use Open-Source software in both Windows and Linux?
Naturally, my preference is to use open source on Linux. But I have also
been pushing for more use of open source on Windows and OpenVMS at work,
which are the two officially supported platforms. When I need to work on
those systems or am at a public system (such as at our public libraries)
I always choose open source alternatives when available.
> 6. Where do you get most of your linux and open-source programs from?
Download them from a Debian archive mirror using apt-get.
> 7. Are there any stores OR servers, within the Maritimes, that market /
> distribute linux related items and open-source software?
I'm sure there are local mirrors of open source software. As for stores, I
have no interest, so I have not really noticed.
> 8. If not, would you support a linux and open-source distributor within Nova
> Scotia, and the Maritimes?
For the sake of friends, coworkers and family who want to buy a system with
Linux pre-installed, sure. For personal use? No.
> 9. Finally, is download speed something you are willing to pay for, to get a
> better speed (having access to ALL programming whether the membership is
> paid, or free), or would you rather pay membership, and have a limited
> amount of access to a server's contents, whether you were a free level
> member, minimum member, or maximum member? ***
Honestly? We live in the land of bandwidth milk and honey in Halifax, with
two excellent high speed providers at dirt cheap rates. Would I pay more
over and above their basic packages? No. I think they already deliver
plenty for my needs.
> 10. Finally, how many other people do you know (outside this group) that are
> into Linux?
Hundreds? Thousands? What do you mean "know"? I have probably discussed on
irc channels and mailing lists various Linux and free software related topics
with thousands of individuals over the past twelve years; the names I
would recognize if I encountered them again probably number in the hundreds;
and as for my circle of closer friends, colleagues and family with whom I
regularly work or help use Linux, surely they must number over one hundred.
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