Jun 272008

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Linux Anecdotes

A look at the history of Linux, as seen by a long time Linux user. The talk is a series of anecdotes, shy of technical details, and sprinkled with personal memories.

27 April 1998

This talk was given at the 1998 Linux Expo.

Who I am and why I am here

I seem to have acquired a little bit of reputation in the Linux community, despite my efforts in to stay quiet and invisible, so that I don't get so many questions from people having trouble with Linux.

Part of my reputation is that I know Linux pretty well. That part is based on the time when I and Linus Torvalds—I assume you know Linus—shared an office at the University of Helsinki. In reality, I don't know Linux all that well. For example, my one stab at kernel programming resulted in a bug that took three years to track down and fix, and even then it was done by someone hacking OS/2. I'm referring to the sprintf function inside the kernel.

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Jun 272008

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  • You can do hack mode all day without being called immoral.
  • It's not illegal to get paid for hack mode.
  • It's not embarrassing to read hack mode literature in a train.
  • You don't get diseases from hack mode.
  • Hack mode doesn't result in children.
  • Your computer won't get upset if you do hack mode with other computers.
  • You don't have to talk nice to computers to do hack mode.
  • It's socially acceptable to do hack mode with many computers at a time.
  • No-one will get angry if you fall asleep right after hack mode.
  • Killing children in hack mode is quite OK. Parents, too.
  • You won't be arrested for being in hack mode in public!
  • Hack mode 69 is simply being yourself!
  • There are more countable variations of hack mode than positions in the Kama Sutra.

Additions quite welcome, if you've ever been in hack mode.

Thanks to Harry Davis for the last three.