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Jim Peterson

Occupation: 
IT Manager & Media Relations
Open Source project(s) I'm involved with or passionate about: 
Linux Desktops, WordPress web site conversion, open source Integrated Library Systems, Linux servers, and Windows Administration. Hey, they give me something to do!

Computer geek for more than 30 years, cut my teeth on TRS-80 machines back in the day. Played with Apple II-x machines in middle school, then PCs pretty much from then on.

I've been using Linux since about 2002, starting with some jacked-up, no-name distro from China on a no-name second-rate ECS laptop I ordered without an OS. Distro came with it, so I thought I'd try it. The next week, I ended up at Barnes & Noble buying the Redhat Linux 6 Bible.

I futzed around with that for a while until I was introduced to Distrowatch.com and Debian in 2005. The firm at which I was serving my internship was in the process of migrating its entire back room from Windows server to Linux, standardizing the servers on Debian. I burned an .iso of Ubuntu 5.04 and was amazed at its ability to recognize all the hardware on the old Dell POS that I was using. The rest is history.

I've been largely Windows-free since about 2007, replacing each proprietary application I need with its open-source equivalent, and in most cases its open-source superior!


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