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Redmond Linux Distribution Project - Redmond Linux Distribution Project
Wed, June 21 2000 | 4:33PM | PermaLink Feedback?
Interview with Joseph Cheek of the Redmond Linux Distribution Project

Recently, I ran across a link for a new Linux project. The project was
known Redmond Linux. I took a large interest in the project and its
founder, Joseph Cheek. I had a chance to talk to Mr. Cheek, and he
agreed to do an interview with

1) Let's get started by telling us a little bit about yourself.

OK. I'm 26, married with two daughters, practising Mormon, and live
about a mile from Microsoft headquarters. I moved to the Seattle area
about two and a half years ago to work for Microsoft as a contract
tester on Windows 98; before that I was doing freelance consulting and
contracting in Salt Lake City. After Win98, I worked on the NT Services
for UNIX project and then left Microsoft to consult again. My firm,
Cheek Consulting, was acquired by Linuxcare last December and now I work
for them as a SR. Linux consultant.

2) How long have you been involved with the Linux OS?

I loaded my first Linux machine three or four years ago. It was an early
version of Slackware that I got with a huge book, and it took me three
days to get it installed right. I was tired of running Wndows and wanted
something more powerful; I had some UNIX experience but not a lot and so
there was a learning curve.

3) Tell us a brief overview of the Redmond Linux Project.

Well, it started out as my own personal distro, but quickly evolved into
something bigger. For me, it's a way to put the experience I gained
building operating systems while at Microsoft to use; it's also a way
for me to create something new. I've wanted to create my own operating
system for a long long time now. I think this is a good way to do it.

Redmond Linux will have different versions, called editions, mainly
catering to people other than UNIX gurus. The first edition, called
Redmond Linux Personal, will be catered to computer neophytes
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