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I am a healthcare worker and graduate student with a very long interest in Linux and open source software. A friend introduced me to Linux in 1993 and in 1996 we saw Linus Torvalds speak at a local university where it was standing room only. My first Linux install was a white box which dual booted between OS/2 and Slackware. I used a Workplace Shell proagram called Zoc for which I created a modem script to dial into my shell account. From there I used ftp to grab a copy of Slackware from which to my knowledge is now a museum piece. Once I was booted into Slackware I used Midnight Commander to learn my way around the system. Looking back I was using the internet before the web when it consisted of a command prompt, and instead of google I used archie. It was a real step forward when IBM released Web Explorer and I got my first glimpse of the web. All these years later my Linux system features Arch Linux on OpenZFS and the funny thing is that it has a hostname of archie.

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