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Linux Journal: An Interview with Mark Bolzern of LinuxMall

Jun 06, 2000, 08:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Penn)

"Mark Bolzern is truly one of the original Linux pioneers. Profiled in the Linux Journal's Linux Kernel Who's Who feature (in the June issue), Mark was among those farsighted enough in 1994 to believe that Linux would be the "next generation UNIX" and that it also would be the next big challenge to Microsoft. So far, he's batting a thousand."

"Yet unlike many of the original kernel hackers, Mark chose to pursue "Linux advocacy" as his main contribution to the Linux community. He established his own Linux distribution, Linux Pro, helped convince Multisoft to port their xBASE database product FlagShip to Linux (take a look here for a review of Multisoft's FlagShip that appeared in the June 1995 issue of Linux Journal), and founded Workgroup Solutions, the company that evolved into LinuxMall.com."

"With the recent merger of LinuxMall.com and TheLinuxStore, a move which combines two of the largest Linux commerce sites on the Internet, we thought it would be a great time to catch up with Mark Bolzern and learn about some of the decision-making that went into the merger, his plans for a bigger, better LinuxMall and his thoughts about building the Linux community."

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