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LinuxWorld: Talking to Torres - Inside SuSE and the origin of the Atlanta Linux Showcase

Jul 11, 2000, 21:29 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Marc Torres has experienced Linux from its raw roots to the executive suite. He co-founded a major Linux trade show, has hacked his share of code, and now offers insight about where his favorite OS is headed."

"Marc Torres, one of the founders of the Atlanta Linux Showcase (ALS), started hacking Linux in 1992. Somewhere along the way, Linux went from a hobby to a job. Torres, the former president of SuSE of America, is currently the chief technology officer for Atipa Technologies of Kansas City, Mo., a vendor and integrator of Linux systems."

"It started innocuously enough in the early '90s, when Torres was looking for a version of Unix he could run on his 386 machine. There wasn't much. "That's when I came across Linux," Torres said. "I started using it around August of 1992." At the time, Linux was a floppy-based distribution that fit on about 10 discs. It was also anything but polished, both in features and ease of use. Torres said, "Not everything that was there was up to snuff, but it was intriguing."

"For Torres, one of Linux's most intriguing aspects was the open development model. "There were mailing lists and news groups and a continuous development effort going on and you could provide good feedback to the developers," he said. "It was very enjoyable to work on this stuff. What's more, if you saw a need, you could fill it yourself instead of submitting a request to a company and waiting for the next release."

"That was enough to start him hacking on Linux as an avocation. "I had experience with SCO, ATT, Sun, NeXt, Ultrix, and some other variations of Unix before I got to Linux, so I knew some things were missing."

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