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Happy Anniversary: Linux Today Turns Four

Sep 28, 2002, 04:18 (55 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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Anniversaries on the Internet take a whole new meaning than those out in the real world. The constant flux of sites going and coming on a monthly basis is too large to effectively track. Then there is the phenomenon of "Internet years," which, like dog years, tend to skew perceived time. A year on the Internet is something like eight anywhere else.

Thus I am very happy to announce the fourth anniversary here at Linux Today.

It was four years ago to the day, minute, and second that Dave Whitinger posted the very first story on Linux Today; a short blurb announcing the release of Apache 1.3.2.

Four years and 42,857 stories later, we find ourselves here, still running the newsfeed and gathering the most interesting stories about Linux and Open Source. Things have changed a lot behind the scenes at Linux Today. People have come and gone, budgets have gotten predictably smaller in the wake of the dot-com burst. But the flow of news still continues.

Through it all we have managed to keep the site going, and our persistence has paid off. The number of daily visitors to Linux Today is climbing ever-higher in recent months and our revenue is solid as well.

We are now successful enough to launch our first IT/business seminar, the Enterprise Linux Forum this December 3-4 in Boston. I'll be filling you in on that seminar in the weeks to come, but after talking with the planners, I can promise that it will be a very worthwhile conference for IT staffers to attend.

I am often asked what is the hardest part of running this site, and that is probably the weird hours. Though I often post things ahead of time for the middle of my local night, the 24-hour nature of the Internet tends to have breaking stories show up at all hours of the day.

But this also brings the best part of the site--working and talking with people around the world, who are all interested in the same thing. That has been the most rewarding part of working on Linux Today, especially for a native Hooiser (we don't get out much).

One of our most prolific story contributors, Jason Greenwood, asked me if we could post a Top 10 list of contributors, as we did for Talkbacks recently. After racking my brains and consulting with the tech staff, I was disappointed to find out that our database can't query for that piece of information, though I do know that over 25% of all of the stories posted on LT have come from reader/contributors. So I would be remiss without offering a huge thank you to all of the contributors.

I also owe a great debt of gratitude to all of the past and present editors, technicians, and writers who have helped make this site one of the most-visited Linux news Web sites on the Internet. I may be in the driver's seat right now, but they are the people that have truly gotten LT where it is today.

And thank you, the readers, for stopping by, kibbitzing, complaining, and cajoling Linux Today. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Brian Proffitt
Managing Editor
Linux Today