Seven lucky years.
Exactly seven years ago, this very day, the
first post for Linux Today graced the Internet. And
now, despite obstacles and our own stumbles, we are still here, the
strongest Linux news site in the world.
If that is read with a certain amount of pride, then today, on
this day, I ask to be forgiven, especially since the pride is not
just for me. Managing a news and digest site that runs 24 hours,
seven days a week, with nearly half a million page views a day, can
sometimes be daunting. But I have not done it alone.
There are many editors who have worked on Linux Today
since 1998. Together, they have posted 62,244 stories here. All but
me have gone on to other things: some here at Jupitermedia, others
on their own paths and projects. Their relationships with
LT and myself vary wildly, but I submit this now, on the
record: each and every one of them has been an instrumental part in
getting Linux Today where it is today, and for that, they
have my sincerest thanks and appreciation.
And, as I tell anyone who asks, the reason this site keeps going
is not the ads, or the news… it is the readers.
Readers who contribute stories on a daily basis. Readers who
respond to articles in the talkbacks. Readers who send me e-mails
asking why I ran this story instead of that one or that one of our
links has malfunctioned. Positive and negative, it’s all the same.
It is the readers that have the true influence on what stories get
posted and what stories get followed. Maybe that’s not the best
journalism, but I think it’s the best way to run a Web site.
The amount of sheer content out on the Web makes running
Linux Today at once simple and difficult. Simple because
it is ridiculously easy to find articles related to Linux, free
software, or open source software. Difficult because it’s hard to
find the good ones that say something new. So it helps, always, to
have reader input on content. That way Linux Today isn’t
about one editor’s viewpoint.
What makes this birthday milestone that much more appealing is
that I know full well that readers have choices in where they get
their news and information from. Given the gamut of sites to obtain
Linux news, I consider us that much more fortunate that you have
all still continued to visit Linux Today.
As I usually do on these milestones, I leave you with a list of
the Top 25 Linux Today stories to date, and my fondest
hope that we will see the next seven years together.
- 166074 reads: (162
Linus Torvalds: And oh, btw..2.4.0 is out (marty)
- 132470 reads: (156
Joe Pranevich — Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 (Quite Nearly There
- 122130 reads: (27 talkbacks):
Joe Pranevich: Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 (marty)
- 111427 reads: (286
UPDATED: Richard Stallman — Boycott Amazon! (dwj)
- 106134 reads: (173
Red Hat: ext3 information (mhall)
- 101246 reads: (144
Second Quarter 2000 SPECweb99 Results [Linux beats Windows 2000 in
- 96203 reads: (49 talkbacks):
Bruce Perens: What’s Going On About Open-Sourcing the OpenMail
- 92642 reads: (99 talkbacks):
UPDATED: Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 – Final Candidate #2 –
4/01/00 (aka the “April Fool Update” Edition) (dwj)
- 89839 reads: (197 talkbacks):
Stallman on Qt, the GPL, KDE, and GNOME (kreichard)
- 85822 reads: (286 talkbacks):
The Wonderful World of Linux 2.2 — ‘revised millennium penguin’
- 83590 reads: (297 talkbacks):
Column: Will Open Source Lose the Battle for the Web?
- 80300 reads: (13 talkbacks):
Community: MobiliX.org Is Now TuxMobil.org (bproffitt)
- 77396 reads: (85 talkbacks):
Community: SCO Use of Samba Code Under the GPL (bproffitt)
- 74495 reads: (79 talkbacks):
Eric S. Raymond: Beware the Microsoft shell game (mhall)
- 70790 reads: (86 talkbacks):
Ending Microsoft FUD: An Interview with Peruvian Congressman
- 67723 reads: (80 talkbacks):
Response to SCO’s Open Letter (bproffitt)
- 67302 reads: (73 talkbacks):
How to Build Your Own 1U Rack Mount Server and Save a Bundle
- 61530 reads: (98 talkbacks):
GNU.org.pe: Peruvian Congressman’s Open Letter to Microsoft
- 61181 reads: (81 talkbacks):
UPDATED: Richard Stallman — Why We Must Fight UCITA
- 58334 reads: (109 talkbacks):
We Won: MS targets Linux in German advertising (john)
- 56180 reads: (28 talkbacks):
CIN: Linux TCO: Less Than Half The Cost of Windows (bproffitt)
- 54357 reads: (110 talkbacks):
Editor’s Note: Blocked Sites and Fair Use (bproffitt)
- 54149 reads: (86 talkbacks):
in a Name? Richard Stallman on Linux vs. GNU/Linux (kreichard)
- 53768 reads: (108 talkbacks):
Update: LinuxWorld Expo: Guess Who’s Coming to Exhibit?
- 53496 reads: (73 talkbacks):
Richard Stallman — On “Free Hardware” (dwj)