June 1999 Troubleshooting Professional Magazine: More Heroes, and a Trip to Linux Expo

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Editors Desk

By Steve Litt
Have you noticed Troubleshooting Professional Magazine's format change? The magazine has been split to individual per-article files to conserve bandwidth. Last month's Troubleshooting Professional was accessed over 21,000 times, accounting for over 600 Meg of bandwidth. I still author it as one file, but run it through a Perl script to split it, add previous and next pointers, create a table of contents. It's a kind of cute script.

Please give me feedback on the usefulness of the new "split" format. Troubleshooting Professional is here to serve the reader, so your opinion is gospel. There are many ways to reduce bandwidth, although most involve reduction of content ("See next month for part 16 of our series", etc.).

Many readers pointed out that last month I had misleadingly implied that Marc Andreesson created the web, and ignored Tim Berners-Lee. Guilty as charged. See the article on Tim in this issue.

Many others asked for coverage of Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie. You asked for it, you get it this issue. While I was at it, I included Bjarne Stroustrup. The final piece of old business in this issue is an article entitled Gary's Revenge, detailing how Linux powerhouse Caldera acquired Gary Kildall's superior DR. DOS, and sued Microsoft, claiming all the same things we suspected of Microsoft's failure to work with DR. DOS.

Please understand that I can't write about everyone. Non inclusion does not imply non importance. This is especially important in light of part two of this issue, "Linux Expo: The New Breed". My goal at Linux Expo was to report on people and vendors you might not find in every newspaper and website. The fact that I don't report on Red Hat, Caldera, VA Research, and the many other people and vendors at Linux Expo in no way implies a lesser opinion of them. But coverage of such entities is ubiquitous.

I interviewed a couple voices from the Free Software community, and a few of the people and startups who impressed me as rising stars. I hope you'll find these interesting, and please have mercy on me if your favorite vendor or person is absent.

This issue concludes the "heroes" series. Next month's Troubleshooting Professional gets back to its technological roots, with the issue devoted to "Troubleshooting CGI", including a toolkit for those without telnet access.

So kick back, relax, and enjoy this issue of Troubleshooting Professional. And remember, if you're a Troubleshooter, Technologist, or free software user, this is your magazine. Enjoy!

Steve Litt can be reached at Steve Litt's email address.