Over the past year, I have watched and written about various Linux technical issues and gained invaluable experience within my own company, Command Prompt Inc. My experience and the revelations that I have had at the last two LinuxWorld expositions have given me some insight into where Linux is going.
Stories by Joshua Drake
LinuxWorld.com recently ran a series on Linux-based firewalls. One product that was not included was Cybernet Systems's NetMAX FireWall.
With more than 150 commercial Linux vendors at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, including industry heavyweights such as Compaq Computer, IBM, Computer Associates, Red Hat , and Corel, it was easy to overlook the people and organizations that truly make Linux what it is. Many attendees were no doubt taken in by the glitzy marketing blitz, by the magicians, acrobats, and flashy displays. Personally, I went to the Expo to meet the community. I wanted to know what was going on with the people who actually created Linux as we know it today. They are the ones who started developing for Linux on an old 386. They are the people who generally don't get paid a dime to work on their beloved operating system. I wanted to talk to the folks who get their hands dirty with Linux, the ones involved with KDE, GNOME (not Helix or Eazel), and GNU.