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Editor's Note: Funniest, Most Expensive, Best, and All-Time Number One Linux Today Stories

May 28, 2010, 19:02 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

by Carla Schroder
Managing Editor

There are two things that make me happy: good Linux stories, and story archives that never disappear. Linux Today archives go all the way back to the very beginning in 1998. Here are a few choice stories to share, from the funniest to the most expensive LT story ever to the most popular story, which also gives a prescient peek into Apple's turn towards extreme control-freakdom.


CentOS: It's L-i-n-u-x, That is an Operating System is one of my all-time favorite Linux stories, in which the lead developer of CentOS, Johnny Hughes, struggles to explain to Jerry Taylor, the city manager of Tuttle, Oklahoma that CentOS is not an attack on the City of Tuttle's servers:
"Who gave you permission to invade my website and block me and anyone else from accessing it??? Please remove your software immediately before I report it to government officials!! I am the City Manager of Tuttle, Oklahoma."

In a followup news story in the Tuttle Times, it is obvious that Mr. Taylor, who claims 22 years of computer experience, didn't learn much: City manager misunderstanding prompts international response

"This is just a bunch of freaks out there that don't have anything better to do," he said. "When I came in to work Monday morning, I had about 500 e-mails, plus anonymous phone calls from all the geeks out there. [CentOS is] a free operating system that this guy gives away, which tells you how much time he's got on his hands."

Most Expensive

This is the most expensive LT story of all time: Ending Microsoft FUD: An Interview with Peruvian Congressman Villanueva, by the excellent Dee-Ann LeBlanc. As Brian Proffit, who was Linux Today editor then, explains:
"This was the one we worked hardest to get. Knowing the importance of his letter, I assigned this story to Dee-Ann, who skillfully tracked down Congressman Villanueva and set up an international translated interview. (This story, by the way, holds the current all-time record for most expensive, once all the fees for the phone calls and translators came in.)

"This interview offered us all a first glimpse at the man who wrote the now-famous letter to Microsoft Peru, and let us see that he was the genuine article."

Best April Fool: Linus Resigns

Linus Torvalds: Linux Needs New Leadership, in which Linus announces his resignation from kernel development, turned out to be a hoax. But it sure does sound like Linus:
"Fellow hackers,

"For some time I have felt unappreciated by some members of the Linux community. Far too many of you like to whine and cry, saying "My patches aren't being accepted by Linus, but they are by Alan or Michael!" It seems that some of you are too stupid to follow the simple instructions that I have made clear on more than one occasion. This, combined with the fact that today is my last day at Transmeta, has prompted me to consider rediscovering that balance I had in my life before you all took my hobby and made it into a mass movement. I have not decided who should take over maintenance of the kernel myself..."

All-Time Number One

The all-time number-one story on LT, at close to 400,000 pageviews, is Editor's Note: Beware of Suits Bearing Code by Brian Proffitt. It is interesting how the same lessons still apply, and it gave a prescient peek at Apple's turn into extreme closed control-freakdom:
"But what really made things bad was when Apple decided to keep some future-release features secret. Braun writes:

""As time went on, and Mac OS X got closer to release, Apple decided they wanted to keep some things secret. Some new features needed to be worked on, but couldn't be in the live cvs repository, or it wouldn't be a secret anymore. Some things leaked out, which caused no end of fuss, and gradually projects were removed from the live cvs repository. Eventually, so little was left in the live cvs repository and processes already needed to be in place to do periodic source drops, the live cvs repository was abandoned.""

Excellent "Wonderful World of Linux" Series

One of my favorite recurring features was Joe Pranevich's "Wonderful World of Linux" series, in which he dissected and reported on new kernel releases. This was first-rate work. Here are a few of them:
Joe Pranevich: Wonderful World of Linux 2.6 - Final(Dec 18, 2003)
Joe Pranevich: Wonderful World of Linux 2.4(Jan 05, 2001)
Linux kernel 2.2 explained(Jan 21, 1999)
The Wonderful World of Linux 2.2 -- 'revised millennium penguin' version(Jan 26, 1999)

First-ever Linux Today Story

Want to know what the first-ever Linux Today story was? It was Apache 1.3.2 is released(Sep 28, 1998). Somewhere along the way we converted to redirects, but you can still find those old stories by entering the URL http://www.linuxtoday.com/stories/1.html, and change the number to find different stories. This Editor's note is the 98,492nd story posted on Linux Today, so you can find it at http://www.linuxtoday.com/stories/98492.html.

We hardworking LT staff get a nice Memorial Day holiday break. The weekend queue will have fresh stories and Talkbacks as usual, so please enjoy and we'll see you next Tuesday!