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Interview with ext2 founder Rob Kennedy

Dec 30, 1998, 11:59 (0 Talkback[s])

(Editor's Note: In this interview with Linux Today, Ext2 founder Rob Kennedy talks about the online Linux magazine, Ext2.)

Linux Today: What is ext2.org?

Rob: Ext2.org is the home for Ext2... a web based Linux magazine. It only gets published once a month, but we're working on getting some better form of comment posting available for it, so people can also ask questions, or comment on the articles.

Linux Today: Why did you decide to start ext2.org?

Rob: I felt that we needed a site that posted articles written by average users, that covered mostly the basics of installing Linux, some of the cool things you can do with it, and how you can fit it into your home or business.

Linux Today: When did you start ext2.org?

Rob: I started it early in October (1998). I thought I had a lot more free time than I actually do, and after the November issue, I made Puma (Phillip Morris) "Chief Editor". He seemed to have more time than I did. Right now I hardly have time to maintain linux-howto.com.. but that may change in the future (psst... something in the works).

Linux Today: Who is on the 'ext2 team'?

Rob: Well.. there are a few of us..

  • Me (Rob Kennedy)
  • Puma (Phillip Morris)
  • Doug Morris (no relation, although they are buds)
  • Fred Albrect
  • Jon Robinson
  • Jeff Cortade
  • Robert Sletten

Linux Today: Where do you get your content?

Rob: Well, each of us tries to get an article in by deadline, we want to make it more of a Linux users zine however, and are always accepting articles written by people. You don't have to be Joe writer either.. just write something about how Linux helped you out, and how you did it. If it helps out 5 people.. cool :).

Linux Today: What role do you see ext2.org filling in the open-source community?

Rob: I see it as a place to share ideas and information. I never got into scripting or programming and am still lost if someone tries to show me code most of the time ('tis why I started linux-howto.com). So when average Joe writes an article on something, it seems it's easier to understand than some of the more technical documents out there. Just picture it as somewhere to go (once it gets on it's feet) where you can share information.. How's that? :)

Linux Today: Where do you see Linux going in the next few years?

Rob: It already took off faster than I expected. Last year at this time, hardly anyone in the "mainstream press" knew what Linux was... now look at it!

I think that a lot of corporations still want to use an OS that has a name like Digital^H^H^H^H^H^H^HCompaq (arg.. still can't get used to that), IBM, etc on it so they have someone to yell at or blame. Linux has some good support options now, however, and that will grow in '99 as well. Anyhoo... once some corporations give it a shot and see how well it compares to their old setup, it will start to climb up the ladder some more. It's probably running in about a third of corporations as it is already as a DNS server or mail router.

Linux Today: Where would you like ext2.org to be next year at this time?

Rob: I just want it to be there. If it can provide some useful info for people, then I accomplished what I was looking to do. Right now, mhost.com hosts it free of charge, and hopefully, we can keep it ad free and start packing it with some great articles.

Linux Today: Anything else that you would like to add?

Rob: Sure :)

Kernel 2.2.0-pre1-ac2 just came out last nite. If anyone gets an opportunity to talk with Alan, Linus, or any of the developers (vi /usr/src/linux/CREDITS), let them know what a fscking great job they are doing and that we appreciate it!!

Bill Gates: may the fleas of a thousand camels nest in your armpits. (Heard that a while ago; dunno where it originated.)

Linux Today: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us.

Rob: Thanks for the opportunity to speak a little about ext2.

Visit ext2 at http://ext2.org.
Questions/comments/articles should be sent to puma@ext2.org.