"Linux Journal: How did you first learn about
Linux? What were you doing in your own life at the time?
Drew Eckhardt: I saw a Usenet posting from
Linus along the lines of "I've thrown together this Minix-like
system to teach myself about the i86 architecture. You guys might
want to check it out ..." I was an 18-year-old student studying
computer science at the University of Colorado. One condition
attached to my Woz scholarship was working for the university as a
jack-of-all-trades system administrator, with Evi Nemeth as my
boss. She gave me a login, told me about the man command, explained
sudo, and let me loose with root access in the CU-CS undergraduate
lab. It didn't take long for me to decide that UNIX was hacker
friendly -- "hacker" in the classical meaning of cobbling bits and
pieces together in an elegant manner to make them do interesting
"LJ: What part of Linux were you personally
interested in and working on? How are you still involved with Linux
Drew: The SCSI subsystem. And, no. As I began
playing with more interesting projects professionally, I no longer
had a void that needed filling in my spare time. Developing for the
Linux kernel and user lands would also be too close to what I do at
work (proprietary FreeBSD VFS code and user-land system software).
The few UNIX hacks I've thrown together at home have been under
FreeBSD because of the more coherent build process.
LJ:What was most important to you about
Linux? What's the very best thing about Linux?
Drew:It was an opportunity to play with an
interesting non-trivial software project. The best thing about
Linux is the size of the community, because of the number of
programmers within it who've contributed device drivers and