[Cialug] new to this group, and Linux

Travis Beaty listaddy at technomajian.net
Wed Jun 1 18:45:45 CDT 2005

On Wednesday 01 June 2005 06:01 pm, albus wrote:
> Welcome Michael.

Hello All!

Since we are introducing ourselves, I suppose it is time for me to come out of 
lurker mode and say "Hi!"

I'm from the teeny weenie town of Osage, northeast of Mason City.   I signed 
up as I was out looking for lugs close to me -- there is only one that I am 
aware of which is closer to me than Des Moines.

As far as my knowledge of Linux, I guess I would characterize myself as on the 
"high side of newbie."  My story of how I was introduced to Linux is 
embarrassing and humorous, as I am probably the only person in the known 
universe who has ever *accidentally* installed Linux.  This happened in 2000, 
and I was so impressed with what I saw, I've never gone back to Windows.  
(FYI, it was Mandrake 7.2 that I installed.)

It's really embarrassing.  My machismo commands me to shut up about it now.

At any rate, I would suggest looking at SuSE.  I am now currently running 9.2 
on my laptop, and it is very nice.  9.3 is out, but I haven't upgraded yet, 
apart from installing KDE 3.4 on my system.

I'm sure there will be others that would argue pro or con about SuSE.  And, 
that great!  It's really a personal thing, what I've gained from my own 
personal experiences with Linux.  If [insert Linux distro here] works for 
you, that's super!!  But keep in mind too that there are MANY high quality 
distros out there that are free, and very good.

Welcome to the Linux world.  I think you will like it here!


Travis Beaty

P.S.  At some point, I'll try to get to a meeting, but it is quite a ways to 
drive for me.

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

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