Bristol and Bath Linux User Group: alexbutcher

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Alex Butcher

Operating System:

Desktop: Fedora (home), CentOS (work) Servers: CentOS (work)


security, information policy, system programming (bash, C), MythTV, Android, hardware, filing bugzilla reports


I started learning about Linux - as an affordable way of continuing to learn more about UNIX - in my final year at University, from a housemate who was running an early - and heavily customised - version of Slackware on an Amstrad 386. I bought my first x86 PC (a 486DX4-100 with 8MB of RAM, a 1.3GB HDD and a 2MB S3 video card) and installed Slackware 2.2.0 on it in July 1995.

When the a.out to ELF transition occurred later that year, and Slackware having no guaranteed automatic way to upgrade, I decided to switch to a distro with more sophisticated package management capabilities; Debian needed more floppies to install than I had handy, so I tried Red Hat 2.1, and the rest is history.

I've submitted patches to a number of FOSS projects (the Linux kernel, Nessus, gimp-print, timetravel, the Linux Wacom Project, MythTV and others). I've been using MythTV since about 2006