Jim Hall is an open source software advocate and developer, best known for usability testing in GNOME and as the founder + project coordinator of FreeDOS. At work, Jim is CEO of Hallmentum, an IT executive consulting company that provides hands-on IT Leadership training, workshops, and coaching.

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Old UNIX computer

BASIC was my entry into computer programming. I haven't written BASIC code in years, but I'll always have a fondness for BASIC and GW-BASIC.
Old UNIX computer

Edlin is a joy to use when I want to edit text the "old school" way.
Person typing on a 1980's computer

Why does text only come in this limited palette, and why does FreeDOS use those colors and shades, instead of some other colors? The answer, like many things in technology, is because of history.
Computer laptop in space

Many embedded systems today run on Linux. But once upon a time, embedded systems either ran on a custom, proprietary platform or ran on DOS.
Woman programming

Mplayer is an open source media player that's usually found on Linux, Windows, Mac, and DOS.

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Gift box opens with colors coming out

What was the best gift you received as a sysadmin? Take our poll and check out some gift ideas for Sysadmin Appreciation Day.
Penguins

Celebrating Penguin Awareness Day with stories about the moment we learned about Linux.