"I began my relationship with Linux Magazine in the
Summer of 1999. My, what a long strange trip it has been.
"In 1999, Linux and Open Source’s position in the computer
industry was very different. Hell, the entire world was different
-- Bill Clinton was nearing the end of his presidency, and Windows
2000 was nearing the end of its beta cycle, marking the beginning
of the full transition from the old DOS-based PC paradigm on the
corporate desktop to the mass-adoption of the Windows NT kernel,
which would complete a year later with the release of Windows XP in
the consumer space...
"KDE's 1.0 release was a year old, and Qt had not been GPLed
yet. Caldera was considered to be a serious Linux vendor and
Lineo's future as an embedded systems vendor looked very
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