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My Story #1: Usman Malik’s Linux Journey So Far

My Story -1: Usman Malik&-8217;s Linux Journey So Far &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 18:51:26 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

We’ve asked our valuable readers to share their real life stories of the Linux journey for a variety of question. Here is the Linux journey of Mr. Usman Malik, who is a frequent visitor of sfnews. His journey started a way back in the year 2004, when he was in class 9th.

Presently he is the CEO of ShellWays, Rapid Solutions and a Freelancer. Mr. Malik gives the credit to his father for making him aware of Linux. Here is the true story of Malik in his own words.

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My Linux Story -1: Usman Malik

About Me

Usman Malik is a UNIX / Linux Professional having vast experience with Infrastructures based on Unix / Linux, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Web Hosting and Applications, Automations, IT Security, Firewalls. He is Currently working as a Freelancer and with one of the leaders in Digital Security and Telecom Solutions provider. He did B.S (CS) BCIT, Certified Linux Professional Novell SUSE, Red Hat RHCE, Linux Foundation Certified, CCNA and is currently living in Dubai, UAE exploring new technologies, implementing them working with various clients, focused more towards standardized approach, documentation, research and development, developing new tools with existing opensource tools and scripts to automate system administration and DevOps tasks. He loves to learn new technologies, travelling, exploring new things and places.

I am answering to the question asked by TecMint – When and Where you heard about Linux and How you encountered Linux?

My True Linux Story

I am a Linux / UNIX / Security Professional and a frequent reader of TecMint, Team @TecMint is doing great work and I would really want to take sometime out to contribute few articles, how to’s and tutorials.

I have worked on multiple technologies, designing infrastructures, automation’s, DevOps, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Server Hardening, Firewalls, Security and have quiet some certifications related.

I started Linux in 2004 when I was in 9th grade, At that time I was very keen with Websites and Web Hosting how they work, I started learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript and then when I wanted to move from static content to dynamic I started learning basic things in PHP for which I needed a web server.

There were couple of options for me for having a local web server as I was using Windows at that time but my father he was also in IT and convinced me to learn Linux and play with it. I started researching about Linux and got reviews on the web that most stable platforms use Linux as their base operating system for the web applications, we use that made me more convinced with Linux and wanted to get my hands dirty with it.

I then installed my first operating system Fedora Core 3 with a very old version of bundled GNOME 🙂 I found it interesting and really liked that way it utilizes the hardware, video and memory. I had old hardware and I was very impressed with the graphics performance and intuitive interface Linux has.

Then I started learning more about opensource, foss and history and started working with other distributions like Debian and FreeBSD.

Finally, after a lot of hit and trial I managed to get LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) working on my Fedora Core 3 and then I started testing my PHP applications a bit.

I must say till today, I never found myself bored with Linux, There is always something new that I learn everyday. Linux is everywhere now.

I am proud to be part of the Linux Community, FOSS and Opensource world.

I hope together if we change our thoughts rather than keeping the knowledge with ourselves and work like how TecMint and other websites are working giving back the knowledge to the community with proper documentation, Together I suppose We can make a great knowledge-base and give back to the community.

sfnews Community is thankful to Mr. Usman Malik for taking time and sharing his Linux journey. If you have something interesting story, you may share it with sfnews, which will serve as an inspiration to Millions of online users.

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My Story #2: Dr. S P Bhatnagar’s Linux Journey

My Story -2: Dr. S P Bhatnagar&-8217;s Linux Journey &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 18:51:22 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

In this world, everyone is different than each other, and everyone has unique story about his life/work. That is why, we are here to share some interesting real life stories of our readers and how their journey started in Linux.

Today, we’re bringing another yet interesting story of Dr. S.P Bhatnagar. So here’s the true story of Bhatnagar in his own words, must read…

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My Linux Story -1: Dr. S P Bhatnagar

About SP Bhatnagar

Working as Professor of Physics at Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, Professionally I have M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics with specialization in Space Physics. Worked on microprocessor based system for real time data analysis of our space experiment as early as 1984. Very keen experimenter with interest in electronics and computers as major tools.

Working currently on Magnetic Fluid applications and also a Ham radio enthusiast with interest in low cost transceivers for students and Indian Hams.

I am answering to the question asked by TecMint – When and Where you heard about Linux and How you encountered Linux?

My True Linux Story

I had heard of Linux through PCQuest magazine and was looking for 10 floppies from some friend for trying it. A surprise visitor from US brought Slackware CD’s in early 1995. We had only one computer with intel 386 processor, 100MB hdd and Mono VGA monitor (perhaps one of the best configuration at the time). Borrowed a CD drive from a friend and tried to install Linux. After several attempts it succeeded. The kernel version was perhaps 0.9x.

My earlier experience of playing with early Unix came handy. Printed the available docs as and when needed on a DMP and learned to use it. No books were easily available then in Indian market. Learned networking from the man commands and other docs on the disk. Registered with the linux counter which showed the number of users from India was quite low.

Used that system as e-mail server for the university (NIC provided dialup links) for several years, with some upgraded hardware. Since then I am stuck with linux and have a large number of working systems as desktops as well as servers in the university. Trained many people to enjoy linux. Helped several organizations in setting up their servers and desktops.

Have worked on all major distros for learning and enjoyment. But most of my systems are Ubuntu or Fedora with one 80 core cluster on Cenos. Deployed Censornet and then ClearOS for gateways. I was happiest on the day Android was announced. It was a dream to see Linux in every hand.

Perhaps India’s first online telephone directory was setup in Bhavnagar at BSNL where Mr TK Sen the then GM of BSNL took a lot of interest in setting it using linux machines. He was also instrumental in setting up the regional email for BSNL using linux boxes. Still propagating Open-source at all levels.

sfnews Community is sincerely thankful to Dr. S P Bhatnagar for sharing his Linux journey with us. If you too have such interesting story, you can share with sfnews, which will serve as an inspiration to Millions of online users.

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My Story #3: Linux Journey of Mr. Ahmad Adnan

My Story -3: Linux Journey of Mr. Ahmad Adnan &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 18:50:56 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

sfnews’s initiative – “Post your Linux Story”, is getting very warm response from our valuable readers who are influencing the Linux community by their Linux experience story.

Today is the day of Mr. Ahmad Adnan, who shared his real Linux story in his own words, must read…

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My Linux Story -3: Mr. Ahmad Adnan

About Me

I was Introduced to computers back in 1998, with Pentiums. MS Windows 95 was ruling in the desktops. Yet, the very small number of Computer vendors, sellers and professionals were minting money. The ICQ chat, mIRC, stuff :), yes I am that much old.

Started properly studying by short courses in year 2000 to have a Career start. Initially I was into Programming MS VB6 and I worked on it for a couple of years but really mind was like “What am I doing?”

Had my first job in May 2002 as IT Support Executive, among a team of BS or MS in Computer Sciences I was just a raw (non-CS) graduate. But since I had professional associates, I have learned a lot from them, by the next year I was the Network Administrator. My other senior colleagues, particularly GM HR motivated me to earn a Master in CS degree as evening executive/professional classes. In March 2004, I enrolled myself in Master in Computer Science. Routine was hectic, 9 to 5 regular job; 6 to 9 classes, 10 to 12 some private work to make extra money though.

Things going on, until I graduated in August 2006 with satisfactory CGPA. In the meantime, I switched to 2 other jobs. While I was in my last semester I got the offer from a private university in Egypt as Linux Manager. It was really exciting and yet I was feeling like hardwork of 2 years has reaped it fruit now. Stayed in Egypt for about 8 years, where I migrated there MS Windows old dumb machines to CentOS Linux on Dell PowerEdge. Upgraded the messy hubs based network to HP ProCurve Layer-3 switches. Upgraded the Internet from 6Mbps to 100Mbps. Got the Cyberoam introduced to deal with Hotspot, Ultrasurf.

Until the security conditions got really bad to stay there as expat, and I had to leave in Egypt in March 2014. Since, March 2014, waiting for a stable job with a hope, I nourishing everyday “Everything is going to be Okay“.

I am answering to the question asked by TecMint – When and Where you heard about Linux and How you encountered Linux?

My Linux Journey So Far

I heard about Linux way back in year 2000. When Redhat Linux 6 was being used by geeks for python. Linux was like a Myth or Taboo at that time, that how come a person is using Linux when MS WinNT was ruling with worst unstable performance. Yet MS Win2000 server jumped in also with loads of advanced features but it was more unstable than NT. I still remember that hateful NTLDR error which could show up anytime, even you didn’t touch the keyboard for long time. And you are like….. I am no where.

With loads of complaints and hate speech about MS Win products, one of my associated made me fun of me that you better switch to Linux. Since it is UNIX variant, it is what you call Stable.

I started to learn about Redhat Linux 7.1 (2CDs) downloaded after 3 weeks on Dialup 🙂 while the second image was corrupt so it took me 1 more week for 2nd CD. Later downloaded Redhat Linux 7.3 (3CDs). The user guide and administrative guide I still remember I downloaded in PDF and got them printed.

At that time, it was very detailed but my mind was all new and immature to learn about Linux without having a mentor. But I kept on learning and the process goes on…

I don’t feel shame to share that RH-Linux was not as stable and mature as much it is now in the form of CentOS and/or RHEL. I still remember, how a tiny mistake of playing with kernel to configure the hardware just crashed the whole Linux. I have installed RH-7.3 almost every week for months, until RH-8 was released.

There were no such fancy desktops, no such pre-installed drivers, even for Audio. So I had to find the best hardware compatible with Linux. Thanks to the global Linux developers, who kept on not just adding features, but constantly updating device drivers.

The Good Thing is, I started to learn about Linux while Google and no other online resources were there, as much we are privileged now on 2015.

Proud to be a Linuxphile. 🙂

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My Story #4: Linux Journey of Mr. Berkley Starks

My Story -4: Linux Journey of Mr. Berkley Starks &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 18:49:07 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

Yet, another interesting story of Mr. Berkley Starks, who shared his real Linux story in his own words, must read…

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My Linux Story -4: Mr. Berkley Starks

About Me

I am a simple Linux user who over the years turned into a power user, and then a full System Admin. I started using Linux when I was 13, and have never looked back at trying to run a different OS since. When I’m not coding, scripting, or generally trying to tweak my system for fun I enjoy mountain biking, reading, and camping. I’ve worked in different capacities all over the U.S. but have most recently settled into the inter-mountain west area and love the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

I am answering to the question asked by TecMint – When and Where you heard about Linux and How you encountered Linux?

My Linux Journey So Far

I first encountered Linux back in 1998 just after Windows 98 First Edition came out. I’d used DOS and Win 3.1, and was honestly not much than an idle user on his dad’s i386. We had just upgraded to our first Pentium class machine, and it came preloaded with Win98 First Edition. For those who don’t know, Win98 First Edition was a colossal nightmare.

So there I was, figuring out my way around things and getting VERY frustrated with constant crashing, blue screens, and a myriad of other issues when I was talking with one of my friends about my frustrations when he said, “Hey, you should try Linux.” I scratched my head and asked about it, and after a couple of weeks talking it over, he came with a giant stack of 3.5 Floppy Disks and dumped them in my lappy and told me to have fun. Little did I know that I was installing Gentoo for my first go at Linux.

Needless to say, doing a Stage1 Tarball install of Gentoo on your first go is quite a painful thing. But here’s the kicker…..I LOVED IT! Every little mistake, every little issue, asking questions, researching online, and just plain figuring things out made me fall in love with Linux. I remember going through the install 4 or 5 times before I got X to work, I remember loading my specific drivers into the kernel just to reduce the bloat on my machine. Writing about this now kind of makes me a little nostalgic remembering back 16 years ago when I started on this little journey called Linux.

Since then I have tried so many different flavors of Linux I can’t even keep count any more. .deb based, rpm based, and so many others. I can say that Linux has helped me both professionally and financially throughout my life.

After learning Gentoo and moving on to other distros I ended up in college studying experimental physics. Because of my expertise in Linux, I was able to get my Masters Degree paid for because I knew how to take care of a computational cluster that was running on Linux.

Since then I have segued back into IT, and have seen how my Linux expertise has helped me move up the corporate ladder and helped me get positions over other qualified individuals just because I knew Linux.

I love Linux. I live Linux. Linux is truly an integral part of my life (just don’t tell my wife that I rank Linux up there with here, she might get mad at me). I’ve been a Linux user for almost 2 decades at this point in my life, and see myself using it for many more.

sfnews Community is sincerely thankful to Mr. Berkley Starks for sharing his Linux journey with us. If you too have such interesting story, do share with us, which will serve as an inspiration to Millions of online users.

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