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LinuxWorld: Where is Emmett Plant?

Feb 17, 2001, 14:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"Writers are funny. Some you like, some you don't. Some you seem to sense a bond with the first time you read them. I like Emmett Plant. Something in his article about Linux, "Welcome Wagon," touched me deeply. It eventually triggered a related column of my own. (See Resources for links.) Evidently, Plant has the same effect on a lot of people. Since I wrote that column, we've chatted on IRC and run into each other at shows like the Annual Linux Showcase last fall in Atlanta, and I've been a guest on "The Linux Show," where he is a regular cast member."

"Plant is a semi-celebrity in the world of Linux and open source, by virtue of his stints at Linux publications like Linux Today.com, Slashdot.org, and Linux.com. But in less than 2 years, he has joined and left each of those career-making sites. Plant recently put his own boat in the water with the launch of Binary Freedom."

"Everything was going well at EarthWeb; Plant even became a contributing editor. The problem was that he bumped into someone else: Dave Wittinger, founder of Linux Today. Plant told Wittinger one day, "Why don't you let me write a games column for Linux Today, unpaid, just for the heck of it?"

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