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Ed Hurst is Associate Editor of Open for Business. Born in 1956, Ed has spent his entire adult life in the Gospel Ministry. However, that seldom paid the bills, so he took a large variety of secular jobs. Aside from a stint in the US Army Military Police and another in Field Artillery, Ed has worked in the trucking industry, public education, agriculture, and numerous semi-skilled jobs. As a disabled veteran, he is now semi-retired and pursues a ministry offering computer assistance to elderly folks in his area, and leads a house church. Currently residing in Choctaw, OK, he's been married to Veloyce since 1978 and has two adult children.

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Basic Lesson 2: A Home of Your Own

By Ed Ed | Dec 19, 2003 at 19:20
As Ed Hurst continues his Clueless Computer User's Guide to Open Source, Ed explains something very important everyone should know about GNU/Linux and UNIX: where your files go in those systems. While all of the differences may seem confusing at first, Ed lays them out in an easy to understand fashion so that you can start using Free Software operating systems productively quickly.

Basic Lesson 1: Identities and Permissions

By Ed Ed | Dec 8, 2003 at 10:25
In this first article of Ed Hurst's Clueless Computer User's Guide to Open Source, Ed explores permissions and other basics of a multiuser system. If you are unfamiliar with these concepts or do not know why even a single user system should have multi-user principles applied to it, read on to find out.

Desktop FreeBSD Part 1: Installation

By Ed Ed | Dec 2, 2003 at 15:45
What follows is a tutorial aimed specifically at the ordinary desktop user interested in getting started with FreeBSD. Ed provides an easy to understand guide through FreeBSD's Sysinstall installer in part one of this series.

Coming Home

By Ed Ed | Nov 10, 2003 at 16:56
It will always be about freedom. I have long contended that the ordinary desktop user cannot afford to become a partisan for any operating system or software. I don't begrudge partisans their love; we all need a place to call home. What I can never appreciate is the degree to which a vocal minority have so identified themselves with their favorite OS/distro that anything less than worship is taken as a personal insult. My sense is that, thankfully, most Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) users are not there.

Gurus versus Newbies

By Ed Ed | Oct 30, 2003 at 18:32
There is no lack of publicity these days knocking The Redmond Giant for its inherently insecure software. There's even a recently announced lawsuit against them for just that. Those of us who have actively promoted Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) are now hoping that, finally, the balance of perception with the average computer user is in our favor.

Learning to Walk: A Linux User Migrates to FreeBSD

By Ed Ed | Oct 23, 2003 at 13:01
If you haven't read part 1 of this -- "Babe in the Woods: A Linux User Migrates to FreeBSD" -- you may be at a loss. For those who did read it, many are still at a loss. That is, they didn't grasp the subtle purpose behind the article. Of those who commented, most were hardcore geeks, the techies who are in a position to really understand computers.

Babe in the Woods: A Linux User Migrates to FreeBSD

By Ed Ed | Oct 9, 2003 at 10:47

Most people know what GNU/Linux is, but fewer know about BSD and fewer still have actually used one of the major BSD variants (other than the highly customized Mac OS X). Ed Hurst, a writer and a long time GNU/Linux user, decided to give FreeBSD a try. Will Ed join the ranks of happy FreeBSD users? Read on to find out.

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