LinuxGO: Interview with Phil Hughes, publisher of Linux Journal

[ Thanks to Pedro Bueno for this link.

LinuxGO: I know that your favourite job
specific application is Palm Pilot. A few months ago, i asked Alan
Cox if he belived in the future of Linux in handhelds like the
experimental Compaq’s Itsy. He was didnt know because the question
of X11 feature. And you, do you believe in Palm pilots running

Hughes: I believe there will be palmtop
computers running Linux. Palm has their own OS and it seems fine
for what they are doing. The recent announcement of a Qt that
doesn’t need X is what I believe will make Linux-based palmtops

LinuxGO: In this month we saw the impact of
Microsoft antitrust case in the market. What do you think that it
means to the Linux Community?”

Hughes: I have never expected that the Justice
Department case would force real competativeness is the OS
business. What I expected it to do was raise the awareness of
consumers. A few years ago you didn’t hear people talking about
operating systems, just applications. Today you hear about Linux
all the time and hear it compared to MS-Windows. This increased
awareness is a big plus for alternative OSs such as Linux.”

LinuxGO: Back in the history…In 1993 when
you created Linux Journal, did you think that Linux would ever be
what it means to the computer world today?”

Hughes: No, I didn’t. I have been working with
UNIX since 1980. In 1983 I started SSC (who publishes Linux
Journal) because I saw the need a need for decent documentation on
UNIX. In 1993 I felt that Linux was an interesting alternative to
UNIX and felt the best contribution I could make to the Linux
effort was to again offer documentation.
(Note that I really
am a computer scientist–I just found I could keep up my stress
level and make less money by doing documentation. 🙂 )”

“As Linux grew, so did Linux Journal. Many readers have told us
how being able to show LJ to their boss helped convince him that
Linux was viable. Its been a lot of fun and we are glad we could be
involved it this important revolution. Today, Linux is a real
product just like HP/UX or Solaris and it is really exciting to
have been there from almost the beginning. Back in the early days
of SSC our primary products were pocket-sized booklets and
reference cards for UNIX. We are now developing Linux-specific
products in that area (our first, a Linux Command Summary was just
completed) and will be re-branding some of our other products such
as the VI Reference Card to be more Linux-specific.”


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