I was introduced to Patrick Volkerding’s Slackware Linux in 1998. I had a lot of fun with it, but struggled to get a large amount of proprietary hardware on a Compaq PC to work properly. After a while, I gave up on using Linux and went back to Windows.
Every few years, the Linux bug would bite and I would try my hand at either Ubuntu or Slackware. Eventually, I would get frustrated with my own incompetence and re-install Windows to play my video games.
In 2011 I took a job with a DoD contractor, where the job required a lot of work using Linux operating systems. I took the opportunity to install Slackware 13.37 on my work desktop to fully immerse myself in the operating environment. A few months later, Patrick gifted us with Slackware 14.0 and I quickly upgraded my workstation to the newest version.
I made the leap to Slackware at home shortly after that and reused an old desktop computer to build an NFS server to house my documents, videos, music, and pictures. I had a lot of fun learning about how to do things and getting into the nuts and bolts of the system.
I still find myself playing catch-up with regards to administering Linux, whether it be CentOS or Slackware. This blog is a record as much for me as it is for you, because there are so many things that I learn how to do that don’t remain in the forefront of my mind. This will be my brain dump.