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LinuxGO: Interview with Phil Hughes, publisher of Linux Journal

May 03, 2000, 03:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pedro Bueno)

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"LinuxGO: I know that your favourite job specific application is Palm Pilot. A few months ago, i asked Alan Cox if he belived in the future of Linux in handhelds like the experimental Compaq's Itsy. He was didnt know because the question of X11 feature. And you, do you believe in Palm pilots running linux?"

"Hughes: I believe there will be palmtop computers running Linux. Palm has their own OS and it seems fine for what they are doing. The recent announcement of a Qt that doesn't need X is what I believe will make Linux-based palmtops possible."

"LinuxGO: In this month we saw the impact of Microsoft antitrust case in the market. What do you think that it means to the Linux Community?"

"Hughes: I have never expected that the Justice Department case would force real competativeness is the OS business. What I expected it to do was raise the awareness of consumers. A few years ago you didn't hear people talking about operating systems, just applications. Today you hear about Linux all the time and hear it compared to MS-Windows. This increased awareness is a big plus for alternative OSs such as Linux."

"LinuxGO: Back in the history...In 1993 when you created Linux Journal, did you think that Linux would ever be what it means to the computer world today?"

"Hughes: No, I didn't. I have been working with UNIX since 1980. In 1983 I started SSC (who publishes Linux Journal) because I saw the need a need for decent documentation on UNIX. In 1993 I felt that Linux was an interesting alternative to UNIX and felt the best contribution I could make to the Linux effort was to again offer documentation. (Note that I really am a computer scientist--I just found I could keep up my stress level and make less money by doing documentation. :-) )"

"As Linux grew, so did Linux Journal. Many readers have told us how being able to show LJ to their boss helped convince him that Linux was viable. Its been a lot of fun and we are glad we could be involved it this important revolution. Today, Linux is a real product just like HP/UX or Solaris and it is really exciting to have been there from almost the beginning. Back in the early days of SSC our primary products were pocket-sized booklets and reference cards for UNIX. We are now developing Linux-specific products in that area (our first, a Linux Command Summary was just completed) and will be re-branding some of our other products such as the VI Reference Card to be more Linux-specific."

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