I have been a reader of LWN probably almost since issue 1. At that point, late '97, I was an
avid reader of Slashdot and undoubtedly discovered LWN through it.
I had experimentally used Slackware since September 1996 and gradually used it more and more
through '97, even though I bought an upgrade copy of Windows '95 during that summer. I can't
explain my exact reason why, but it was right at 10 years ago, around the middle of January
1998 as I recall, that I decided that I ought to see how using Slackware full time as my
personal OS would work out. 10 years later and now happily using Debian, I am not sorry for
I felt like a bit of an early adopter in those days as shortly after resolving to not boot
into the Windows partition any more than necessary, Netscape "open sourced" what is now known
as Mozilla Seamonkey (although I don't think any of the original code remains) and LWN was
I'd like to say that great minds think alike, but I kept working in the same telecom job I
work today. Linux is my hobby and personal learning tool. Through the dot com bubble and
beyond, I've yet to earn one red cent from it. I have earned much more knowledge in the
eleven years after trying Linux than in the 13 years of computing prior to that point. I have
also been privileged to be able give a little back to the community over the years.
It has been a fun and interesting decade and I believe we here have all made the right choice.
Congrats, Jon and all involved, on 10 years of LWN and here's to wishing LWN many happy