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Here is the set of questions we sent out to a number of the many Linux luminaries that we know and admire. Following the questions are the responses we received from Eric Raymond and John Terpstra (of the Samba team). The questions: Which Linux application area do you believe will grow the fastest in 2004? Will 2004 *finally* be the year when Linux makes significant in-roads on the desktop? Which distributions will show the greatest growth in 2004? What major Linux IPO or Linux acquisition will occur in 2004? What will be the coolest new Linux application in 2004? Will the SCO debacle slow Linux adoption over the next year? Will Tux finally get a girlfriend? Which Hollywood starlet might Tux run off with and secretly get married to? Or, make your own question(s) up...   Eric Raymond's responses: Which Linux application area do you believe will grow the fastest in 20... (more)

Linux.SYS-CON.com's Editor Responds to SCO CEO's Open Letter

In his open letter to the open source community Darl McBride states, "it is clear that the Open Source community needs a business model that is sustainable if it is to grow beyond a part-time avocation into an enterprise-trusted development model." I have news for you, Darl -- a new business model has already been invented. You're just not a part of it. Whether using the Apache Web server, Linux, gcc, make, Apache Tomcat, PHP, or one of the many, many other open source packages, virtually every company today is heavily dependent upon open source. Virtually everyone. The 'collabor... (more)

Linux Looking Forward: Twenty Linux Luminaries Look at Linux in 2004

In the course of putting this issue together we decided we wanted to get some predictions for what will be happening with Linux over the next year. So, we came up with some questions and sent them out to a bunch of people we know in the Linux community whose opinions we respect. Well, the response surprised us to say the least. It seemed like everyone had some ideas. The community of people that is developing around this magazine really came through! After we saw the response we were getting, we thought our readers might be interested in giving us some of their ideas as well, so w... (more)

Who Owns Unix?

In response to the SCO lawsuit, Eric (with consultant Rob Landley) wrote the "OSI Position Paper on the SCO-vs.-IBM Complaint." This position paper addresses in detail SCO's claims of intellectual property ownership over Linux. The paper has been widely read and is considered by many to be the best analysis of the topic available. In short, the paper addresses the question, "Who owns Unix?". LWM was able to catch up with Eric on the day of the Novell announcement that SCO did not own the patents or copyrights to Unix. LWM: In a nutshell, what exactly is SCO trying to do? esr: What... (more)

The Linux Cookbook: Michael Stutz On Using Linux For Everyday Activities

Kevin Bedel Announces His LinuxWorld Blog Do You Own Your LinuxWorld Blog? Michael Stutz, author of The Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use, discusses what inspired him to write this book, when he first started using Linux, and other world views. Who is this book written for - system administrators or people new to Linux? Admins will find the organization of undocumented tips and tricks quite useful, but it's not a technicians-only kind of book. I wanted to write a book that would also be of great value to someone who was totally new to Linux, that woul... (more)