"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
"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?"