One week from today will be the sixth anniversary of my tenure
as Managing Editor of Linux Today, so the timing is good
that this story, the one you are reading right now, is the 80,000th
article posted on LT.
80,000 articles in 3,445 days of this publication's existence.
If I may be permitted a small moment of self congratulation, I
think that's a pretty good job of linking to the business and
community news for the Linux community in the last 79,999 articles.
All of the editors at LT have tried to provide new
insights, new ways of thinking, and fast information about this
operating system that Linus Torvalds and his merry band of
developers have put together, and as always we have you, our
readership, to thank for being there with us.
I remember when, not so long ago, Linux used to be referred to
as the "upstart" operating system. I don't hear that anymore. Now I
hear terms like "disruptive," "mainstream," or "cutting edge."
There are still derisions about Linux--from within and without the
community--but it is obvious to anyone fortunate enough to have a
front-row seat for the history of Linux that this is a technology
that is making great strides in delivering what all tech users
I have been, for nearly the last six years, that man who was
fortunate enough to be in the front-row seat. And what a view it
has been: the growth of Red Hat in IT, the continued support of
IBM, the conversion of Novell into a Linux company (followed by a
partnership with an avowed enemy of Linux), the Utah lawsuit that
tried to tax Linux forever and that company's ignominious downfall
assisted by one paralegal and a blog. The open sourcing of
StarOffice; the rise of the Ubuntus and the LiveCD distros... I
know I am only scratching the surface of the many events that have
happened to Linux in the last 79,999 articles.
If you'd asked me back in March of 2002 about the possibility of
these events, I may have told you that such things would likely not
happen. But if there's one thing I have learned in this job, it's
this: when I wake up and start working in the early morning hours,
I must always expect the unexpected. Because nothing about Linux,
free software, or open source software is limited by the
conventional expectations of business or technology. Linux exceeds
limitations. It does the unexpected.
Whether it's a scheduler in the kernel, or a sharp new 3D
desktop interface, the components of this operating system have
always proven to be better than anyone could have expected. The
whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.
In my time at LT, I have posted 38,208 of those 80,000
stories, so I am fortunate to be the longest-running and most
prolific editor at LT to date. That said, I could not do
any of this without the wonderful support of Contributing Editor
Carla Schroder, an excellent writer who also fills in for me when I
step away from the office grind once in a while. My former
supervisor, Gus Venditto, has always given me a free hand with the
management of LT and the other Linux/Open Source sites I
run at Jupitermedia. Gus was recently promoted to Sr. VP at
Jupitermedia, a much-deserved step up. My new supervisor, Dan Muse,
will be giving me the same amount of latitude. Their confidence in
me means a great deal.
I would be remiss if I did not take the time to thank the past
editors of and contributors to LT, the people that have
built this site that I am lucky enough to manage now.
I don't often mention them, save for the occasional
geek-meets-family-life anecdote, but I wanted to also mention the
great love and support I get from my wife and two daughters. It's
not always easy running multiple Web sites seven days a week, and
without their help, I can assure you that LT would not be
the publication it is today.
Thank you as always, LT readers, for coming here every
day to see what's happening in the world of Linux. Your feedback
and input has helped me shape the content into what I hope really
is the best Linux news/aggregate site on the Internet.
(For those of you who are interested, I am adding the
sometimes-requested top 10 most-read and most-discussed story lists
that usually appear on these milestones.)
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