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LWN: Surviving the downside, Linuxcare remains focused - An interview with Linuxcare Co-Founder and CTO David L. Sifry

Feb 14, 2001, 20:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)

"It's very gratifying to know that regardless of all the hype, at the core Linuxcare is founded on pretty sound beliefs."

"The CTO and VP of Engineering of Linuxcare has little time these days for the code hacking that got him into Linux. "My hacking level since working at Linuxcare has dropped considerably. That and we had a baby a little over a year ago. No more 20 hour hacking days," he says with a laugh that must make him a favorite target of Santa-suit-wearer seekers."

"I'm a typical geek that found his way to Linux." Like most Linux users, his first move into Linux came as a matter of money. "I didn't have the money to spend $5000 or $10000 on some workstation. I looked around for a while, finally settling on FreeBSD and Linux. Linux was more freewheeling and that was something that I liked. Once I had it running on a box, I just kept it, plus the release cycles were slower with FreeBSD, so I ended up working with Linux."

"Sifry is well aware of the developer culture from which the Linux world was born. "When you get into hacking you get into this zone. What tends to happen is that by 9 or 10 in the morning you have the first two cups of coffee and then you get into this zone, where your right brain takes over, and you look up and it's 5PM. You're stomach starts rumbling and you think 'I'm hungry'." His feelings about coding are not uncommon among developers, but things have changed recently. "After having a baby it's much harder to get back into that zone."

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