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SolusOS and Me

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Many of us came to Linux via odd routes. Some of us decided that we were tired of our software and computing choices being made for us. Some of us are just adventurous or bored and want to see what other choices might be available to us.

But others take it a step or two further. We want to take it apart. We want to know how it works and how to make it work better. And contrary to what many believe, some of us do not start with a computer or tech background.

Ikey Doherty, the creator of SolusOS, a Debian-based distribution is one such person. Ikey came from humble and rocky beginnings.

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