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Linux.com: Rob "lilo" Levin on IRC, the Open Projects Network, and Everything

Mar 08, 2001, 21:12 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux.com recently had the privilege of speaking with Rob "lilo" Levin, founder of the Open Projects Network. OPN is home to, among others, irc.linux.com. Rob was gracious enough to answer all of our questions in depth, even the ones regarding food choices. OPN is doing some fantastic work for the community, and we recommend checking out its homepage or logging on to irc.openprojects.net to find out how you can help...."

"Tell us a little about your vision for OPN."

"Rob: My initial vision for OPN was to provide a venue for projects to do interactive project coordination and support. I wanted a place for newbies to grow into the community, and pick up values that would serve them in good stead in their community interactions, helping to improve the way the community as a whole interacted. I wanted a place where developers could find each other without too much difficulty, and establish better lines of communications between projects. I guess in some sense I wanted a "City on the Hill", where the best values of the community would be practiced and improved on a daily basis."

"In the last few years, the community has fragmented a bit, but I've never viewed "open source" and "free software" people as two separate communities. I don't think we can afford to be...."

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