It's been great. And we'll make it greater.
Most magazines have the life expectancy of a house plant.
Such was the betting line for Linux Journal when it started in April 1994. Our
budget was a shoestring. The closest our owner, SSC (Specialized System
Consultants) came to the magazine business was with the reference cards it published
for UNIX, C, VI, Java, Bash and so on.
And Linux wasn't even our original focus. Phil Hughes, who ran SSC, wanted to start a
free (as in speech, not
beer) software magazine, which was hardly a big box office
idea. I was a member of the email group doing the planning for that, which started,
as I recall, in late 1993. Then, in early 1994, Phil announced to the group that he
had made up his mind after finding "this Finnish kid" who had written a UNIX of sorts