We asked LJ subscribers to write in and tell us about
themselves, so we could feature them in our 25th Anniversary Issue as a
way to thank them for their loyalty through the years.
The response was so
overwhelming, we were able to include only a few of them in the issue, but
read on to see all of the responses here and to learn more about
your fellow readers. We truly enjoyed “meeting” all of you who
participated and are humbled by your words of support.
We asked readers to give their name, how long they’ve been subscribers
their favorite LJ memory and their first
distro. Note that submissions have been edited for clarity. Also note that if you sent in a message and don’t see it here, we apologize in advance for the oversight. And in some cases, we were unable to publish photos that were too small, so if your photo is missing, that’s likely the reason.
Guillermo Giménez de Castro (a.k.a. Guigue)
I’ve been a subscriber since February 1996,
regularly. I’ve never missed a renewal.
I subscribe because I don’t find anywhere
else a place where Open Source, the Bazaar Philosophy, and Linux itself
are better advocated.
I have to say that every month I
receive the new issue is a joy, with the first quick read to see what is
But probably my best memory is the picture included here. It was
taken during a session for the “Picture of the Month” LJ contest
My wife shot a few dozens of photos and I sent a different one (and
won!!). In one picture, my son Manuel appears with me on top of my printed
collection. Now he is in his 20s and is a Linux hacker.
My first distro was SLS with kernel version 0.99 patch level 12.
I hope to send a similar email 25 years from now. Happy Anniversary!
My first LJ was the last print issue published.
I subscribe because we all need a way to come up with new ideas.
articles are an excellent source of both ideas and well described ways to
implement them. A single good idea is worth far more than a year’s
subscription. Also, I like to keep up with my favourite OS!
My favourite memory is when you came back, and also when my first article
My first distribution was probably Slackware around 1997.
I manage hosting for 100s of custom software databases, and
Linux is secure, fast, robust and easy to administer. I also use Linux
because it gives me the same power I have on the server on my desktop.
I’ve been a subscriber for 25 years.
Reason for subscribing is to find out about open source software that I can
use and learn more about UNIX/Linux itself. At the time, I was setting up
the network and internet for a community college.
Favorite memory is the multi-part bash article.
First distribution used was Yggdrasil. I did experiment earlier with a
floppy-based system (maybe a precursor to slack), but it did not have an
English keyboard map.
I live in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada, and I’m an old
I’ve subscribed since the beginning. I miss the paper magazines (still
have most!), but I understand
the economics. I enjoy most articles and opinion pieces, and I mostly play
Raspberry Pis these days.
The issue I remember most is the one from a long time ago that featured
the new Nokia pad on
the cover. Who would have ever guessed where that would have gone!
I started Linux with Slackware, then Red Hat. I tried SUSE, and I have been
with Ubuntu for a lone time
now. And of course Android. I ran the department email server for
years on Red Hat at our
Cross Cancer Centre in Edmonton, part of the University of Alberta.
Best of luck with your next 25 years.
P.S. I still wear the really cool “Extremist” Tee shirt you sent me a
Per Asbjørn Jensen
I have had an electronic subscription
for Linux Journal for the last 8 years and was regular reader for
even longer. I
installed my first Linux (Red Hat 5.3) distribution for more than 20 years
ago, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Today both my private and professional
are Linux (Ubuntu), and I have not had a windows partition for years.
LJ is a
great way to expand my Linux world and support the community.
My favorite LJ “story” was when NSA classified me because I read
learned about Tor and Tails.
I’ve been a subscriber since the mid-1990s.
I love the point of view of the
writers and the staff—there is a clear commitment to the open-source
approach. What Linux Journal really is about is connecting people
each other and allowing them to learn technology, but it’s also to create
community and friendship.
My favorite thing about LJ is being asked by others about the
Journal magazines sitting around the house. If I leave LJ out
they will pick it up intuitively, and become engaged.
My first distro: SLACKWARE!
Thank you for all the wonderful content and for keeping LJ going!
genuinely geek sad when you announced that LJ was going away. I’m
see that it’s back and looking strong.
I’ve been a subscriber for 12 years.
It’s the only tech journal I
subscribe to because of its long association with the Open Source and Linux
I love reading the Letters and “diff -u”
sections. It’s amazing to see the diverse community of Linux users and
readers out there.
My first distro was Red Hat 4 (before it was
Over the years (starting in 2007), Linux Journal helped me learn
Linux, and gave me the possibility of sharing my knowledge and experience
through more than a dozen articles that I wrote and were published. I feel
most proud of these works I did, and I deeply thank the magazine for having
provided me this opportunity. I missed the first years of publication, but
I hope never to miss future issues!
I’ve subscribed since issue #1
to keep me updated with the progress of all aspects of Linux.
I think my nicest memory is from when I got the very first few issues of
LJ, with interviews of Linus and lots of useful information to get
most out of my new computer running Linux.
I did my first Linux installation in Jan-Feb 1994. It was a Slackware-based
distribution with kernel 0.99. I had to use diskettes and a very slow
Internet connection for the installation—very time consuming but fun.
I am an experimental nuclear physicist and professor in physics at Uppsala
University in Uppsala, Sweden. My research field is the structure of exotic
nuclei. Together with my research collaborators, we perform experiments at
different international accelerator laboratories. Our main instruments are
the gamma-ray spectrometer AGATA and the
It has been very nice to see how Linux, during the last ~20 years, has
taken over all (or at least most) of the computer-related issues of my
research. We use Linux for example in the FPGAs of our electronics, in the
data acquistion and storage systems, for data analysis and simulations in
computer clusters and for writing and producing our research results.
I am also using Linux privately. I never had a computer with another OS.
I’ve subscribed for a few months.
“Linux” encompasses a myriad of distributions and approaches to making
life better through open source software—so many in fact that it seems
impossible to follow completely unless it’s your full time job. Having a
neatly wrapped, monthly curated journal of stories and explainers arrive at
your inbox is both a gift and the kick in the pants many of us
non-developers need to keep learning more about something that otherwise
can seem quite overwhelming.
Favorite memory: this is pure ego, but I once got my photo published in an issue! I won’t tell anyone which one it was though.
My first distro:
I called in to Kim Commando as a teenager to ask about her thoughts on
open source, and she sent me a copy of Red Hat. Since then I’m using Tails
OS and Qubes OS primarily and am a fan of the Debian philosophy.
I’ve subscribed for 15 years, becuase
it was fun to read. I love Linux.
My favorite LJ memory is reading LJ (printed issues) in WC 10+
My first distro was Red Hat 5.2 in April 1999.
My first installation “failed” because I had no idea who is “root”.
I’ve been a subscriber since May 2014.
I want to support the publication as I am convinced of the positive
effect the journal has on the Linux community.
My first distribution was Slackware around 1998. I bought a bunch of CDs in
a bookstore at the university.
I have been a subscriber for about 6 years,
and a developer for over 10 years. I subscribed to Linux Journal
was my favorite of the Linux publications that existed. Even though they
say you should never judge a book by its cover, I was drawn to the covers
of the Linux Journal publications. My favorite article so far is
Rankin talked about using the Odroid for a home NAS solution. The first
distribution that I used was Mandrake 9.x. I received a copy from a friend,
and later decided to buy it with the Mandrake book as a guide.
I’ve been a subscriber since approximately 2006, because
I enjoy reading it, I learn useful things, and
to support Linux journalism.
In 1993, I wanted to go to a Grateful Dead concert
in Oregon. I lived a little north of Seattle at the time, and I saw on a
Usenet newsgroup that someone by the name of Phil Hughes in Seattle had
tickets for sale. Phil told me where his truck was parked and left the
tickets in the truck bed; on my way to Oregon, I picked them up and left
payment in their place. I’m pretty sure this was the Phil Hughes who a
short while later co-founded Linux Journal! Too bad I didn’t meet him in
person. My first distro was Slackware, from late 1993 until 2010.
Thanks, and I’m so glad Linux Journal lives!
Chester A. Wright, Jr.
I’ve subscribed since 1995 (that the earliest paper copy I can find at the
to support the community and to learn what things others are using. You
never know when the next inspiration will hit you!
My first distro was SLS, 1993 (not Slackware). I had to download and
20 3.5″ disk
images using an internet-connected MAC because I didn’t have internet at
These days, I teach a lab at a local university where freshman engineering
students learn to build and administer Linux virtual machines. This
exposure is a must-have for their career.
William (Bill) Bastick
can’t even remember when I started subscribing. However, I can remember
exactly when I
discovered Linux, as a “mature age starter”, and that was 2005. From then,
until the Journal became available in digital format, I purchased the
magazine from my local news agent—I’m somewhat behind behind the
times due to
the tyranny of distance (I live in Tasmania).
My first ever Linux experence was Damn Small Linux, a free CD with another
publication. I was hooked, and with a bit of advice from a Linux-savvy
friend, I partitioned my Win XP desktop and installed Mandriva (Free
Edition). Whilst I no longer use that old desktop, it still works and so to
does Mandriva. My wife grew to love it, although she is now an Ununtu
I became involved a few years later with Linux Conference Australia, which
was held here in Hobart in 2009. I had the chance to meet and chat with
Linus Torvolds at the time. He seemed to be enjoying he stay down here,
especially the scuba diving!
I am now 72, a mainly self-taught Linux user who has been spreading the
word to friends and family with resonable success. After some years of
distro hopping, I’ve settled on Ubuntu and its variants (Unity 16.04 and
So glad Linux Journal came back stronger than ever.
Congratulations on the
25-year milestone and best wishes in the years ahead. I will be with you
for long haul or at least as much as the “age factor allows”.
I’ve subscribed 11-ish years,
because knowledge is power!
Favorite LJ memory is meeting Shawn Powers at LinuxCon 2009 in
My first distro was some weird Chinese-produced
version that came with the off-brand laptop I’d bought with no OS
installed. It didn’t really work as there was no driver support, but it was
my first foray. I picked up Suse at Best Buy soon after that, with much
David A. Lane
I’ve subscribed for more than a decade to keep abreast of the comings and goings in Linux and FOSS software.
My favorite LJ memory is the January 2010 issue, which I got to guest
First distro was Slackware back in 1995.
I’ve subscribed since 2002 (I have the CD-Rom archive all the way to 1994)
and have memories of magazines from 1998.
I subscribe because it is part of a
community that helps drive Linux adoption and improvements. Linux has been
key for my company operation and development.
My favorite LJ memory is an article that taught me how
to set up a Linux server with Samba so that my whole company could generate
PDFs by printing to a shared virtual post script printer. Saved us tons of
money in Acrobat licenses many years ago. Thank you!
First distro was Red Hat 5.2.
In the photo I’m wearing what is honestly one of my favorite t-shirts—a
Linux Journal t-shirt—”Geek by nature. Linux by choice.”
I got it many years ago but still wear it regularly.
I’ve been a subscriber since Jan 2009, although a reader since around 2005.
The first distro I used was Ubuntu. It was a very early version that came
on an ancient Dell desktop that I acquired while doing research for my
doctorate in educational technology from Pepperdine University. Here is
what I wrote for my comps essay: William of Ockham was a 14th-century
logician and Franciscan friar in England.
He came up with the lex parsimoniae, or the law of succinctness, which
says entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity. Occam’s razor, as
it came to be known, states that when given two equally valid explanations
for a phenomenon, one should embrace the less complicated. Or, as
architect Mies van der Rohe famously said, “Less is more.”
At about the same time, on the other side of Europe, a bishop representing
Pope Benedict IX was sent to find the best painters in Italy. There was
to be an important commission offered in The Vatican, and the Pope wanted
the only very best artist to do it. The bishop told Giotto, perhaps the
first of the Renaissance painters, famous for his skill and his tendency
to be a hermit, that the Pope wanted to make use of his services and
asked him for a drawing which he could send to his holiness. At this
Giotto took a sheet of paper and a brush dipped in red paint, and with
a twist of his hand drew such a perfect circle that it was a marvel to
see. Then, with a smile, he said to the bishop, “There’s your drawing.”
As if he were being ridiculed, the bishop replied, “Is this the only
drawing I’m to have?” “It’s more than enough,” answered Giotto. “Send
it along and you’ll see whether it’s understood or not.” What a perfect
demonstration of Occam’s razor. Giotto got the job.
Fast-forward a few centuries. I was having a conversation with a friend
some years ago before personal computers were so ubiquitous. We were
discussing the merits of a new typewriter that was touted by its
manufacturer as a “word processor”.
It was very expensive, more than a basic PC costs today, and we wondered
aloud if it was worth it.
Then he said, “You know, a pencil is a word processor, it’s just
slower than some others.”
I’ve come back to that conversation many times, in many situations.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in names and definitions that we forget
that what is at the real heart of the matter is very simple. It was
Occam’s razor all over again. Last year, I paid a visit to a friend
of mine, the principal of a local middle school, to show him some of my
experiments with Linux. I brought a computer, a flat screen monitor, a
keyboard, and a mouse, and set up a temporary office in his office. For
years I had been searching for a better operating system for myself,
and possibly for use at school. I had long ago given up on Windows and
had been recently concentrating on the Apple OS. It still left me with
a feeling of powerlessness, because the developers only allow users to
do a limited number of things, and those only with permission.
I wanted something much more flexible. When researching different
open source answers, I was looking for 1) ease of operation and
administration, 2) availability of applications, and 3) community support
for troubleshooting and expansion. I turned on the box, an ancient
(five years old) Dell PC that I had bought for next to nothing. It was a
dirty beige in color, and it made lots of, well, unique noises. As the
computer roared to life, a brandspanking new version of Linux lit up
the screen. It looked very modern, with a beautiful splash screen and
icons for the latest and fastest applications decorating the desktop. I
started up some of the programs.
This computer was lightening fast! It had everything one could want in
a brand new computer. I explained to my friend that this was open source
software and that it was free.
Patrick Op de Beeck
In the beginning, I
bought Linux Journal as single copies at the newsstand and
then subscribed later.
At first I subscribed to see other uses of
Linux and to get tips and news about the Linux OS and community.
My favorite issue is the one with the
Titanic on the front page and the story around it.
My first distribution was the Linus “distribution”
actually 😉 We were pioneers even before a “distribution” was available.
After that I tried Yggdrasil, but I never got it working on an
ordinary PC. Then SLS, Slackware until we got S.u.S.E 4.0, which worked out of
the box and stayed my favorite until it was taken over by WordPerfect.
Later on I tried several others: Mandriva, Red Hat (typical US did not
work out of the box on other configurations), and now Gentoo is my favorite
distro. Gentoo is maybe difficult to start with, but it’s very rewarding during
the lifetime of your computer, never do a re-install but always upgrade. It’s VERY
VERY fast, but you need to follow the manual exactly. You also know better
what is inside the “box”, and it gives you the choice of what you want. It
not say, “Oh we stopped using this window manager, so you must change to xx”, or
“Sorry, we have only limited applications that are supported.” Or, “You have
to pay xxx for that.” If the software is not available on Gentoo, then it is
rubbish or too new and not well developed for use by non-developers.
Given time, every good addition to Linux software becomes available on
As chairman of the Antwerp Linux User Group since 1990, we continue to
support the Linux OS and watch the evolution. I am personally not happy with
Microsoft in the Linux Foundation, since the objective of that company
stands 180° opposite of what we want with Linux: namely an open-source
and applications, not necessarily totally free—charging for maintenance we
love—but not for the source.
On 29 October 1993, Linus Torvalds presented his first really public
presentation in the world, open to the public and orgainzed by the VUB (free
University of Brussels), The Antwerp Linux User Group and the G.U.U.G., and
he adapted there the slogan from me “Linux goes for World
Domination”. Previously he had only done one presentation in the U.S. for a
limited audience of digital users organized by John Hall.
You can reach the Antwerp Linux User Group at [email protected]
I’ve been a subscriber since 2010 to expand my knowledge of
Linux, learn new ways of using my computer and keep up to date on various
issues that are going on in the world of Linux.
My favorite memory is going to Books-A-Million and buying my
first copy of Linux Journal back in 2009.
My first distribution
was Ubuntu 8.04. My professor introduced me to the world of Linux, and
it has grown since then.
I’ve been a subscriber for ages, because I love it! Thank you so
much for saving Linux Journal and keeping it going.
Favorite memory is getting the Linux Journal issue (paper
copy) with my feature article in it and my name on the front cover in 2011.
I felt like such a pro!
I’m pretty sure my first distro was
Debian. The startup I was working for ran out of funding (about 2000),
and we saved the day by scrounging up a bunch of old desktops from a sister
company and installing Debian Linux on them and putting together a cluster
to serve the company’s JSP apps with open-source software (Apache httpd and
Tomcat). We used lvs (Linux Virtual Server) for the load balancer.
Jozo (Joe) Capkun
I started subscribing around 1997. I bought my first Archive
CD-ROM in 2010, because my shelves were buckling from the weight of the back
issues. My favorite LJ memory is the interview with Linus in 1994. I loved reading
about what he went through to create Linux and where he thought Linux might
First distro was Slackware 1.1. I downloaded the diskette images
using a high-speed 14.4k modem.
The computer world, the whole world, has changed since the first time I
read Linus’s post in comp.minix in Oct 1991 announcing he had a version of
Linux ready for others to play with. Thank you, folks at Linux
being there for the journey and adventure thus far. To the next 25 years!
I’ve been a subscriber for one year
to support the fantastic work LJ
does promoting Linux and open source.
Favorite memory is when Linux Journal was reborn, like a
phoenix from the fire!
First distro was Mandrake Linux 6.
Thanks for all the amazing work you do!
Andrew W. Anderson
I’ve subscribed since the late 90s.
There was a brief time when I was deployed where I was focused on other
things, and my subscription lapsed for a year or so.
Linux Journal is awesome. It
appeals to a broad audience that has an interest in Linux, and it is, in most
cases, well presented and understandable.
I just love receiving the newest issue
and poring over all the new content. I particularly enjoy the new products
and new projects sections. I also love the issues that have focused on
cool projects like the Oswald Project issue from a few years ago.
Red Hat 5.0 was my first distro during my
Lars Højmose Kristense
I have been a frequent reader of Linux Journal since 1994.
In the beginning, Linux was just a disturbing hobby. Today Linux is a
natural part of the products we develop at Rohde & Schwarz.
My first Linux installation was Slackware in 1993. I have used lots of
distributions. I probably learned the most about the internals when using and
tweaking Gentoo for some years starting in 2003. Today Linux Mint is
keeping life in my Asus laptop from 2012 quite well. I am also a happy
Raspberry Pi owner and user.
I was a happy user of the true Linux phone Nokia N900 for several years
inspired by Linux Journal. This phone is definitely my favorite
Linux Journal has been entertaining, inspiring and educating through the
years. It has been interesting to read detailed command-line commands with
good explanations, about the chaotic development process in the Linux community
and about new software and products. It is not always pleasant to read
about security, but Linux Journal has now and then awakened my attention.
Please continue the good work.
for 18–20years, not sure.
I enjoy it, but it is partly
nostalgic for me as well.
My favorite memory was back in the early 2000s when I used an LJ
article to implement a remote backup solution for some of our satellite
offices that had faulty tapes drives. The article showed how to use Samba
to tarball the files in the remote site and copy them back to our local
server in the early morning hours. We had no budget to buy equipment, and I
was able to do this with old 486s at the time. There were solutions for real-world problems, and I couldn’t get enough of it back then.
My first distro was Slackware in 1997.
Another good memory was actually writing an article on Raspi-Sump in
the 1996 Embedded issue. It felt great to contribute back after benefiting
all those years. I even had people reach out to thank me for sharing
the program. It’s still used and maintained on GitHub under the MIT License.
Cheers, and keep up the good work.
Moisés Herná Duarte
I’ve been a subscriber for 20 years.
I used to read Linux Journal because when I started using Linux,
your magazine was the best one. And it is still.
One of my favorite LJ memories is when you published the article about
building a cluster using the Beowulf How To. We won fourth place in a
National Competition proposing that cluster around 2002.
The first distribution I ever used was Slackware, installed from diskettes
and sharing a 200MB HD with Windows.
Thanks a lot for letting me be part of your history.
Hugo Ortega Hernandez
I’ve subscribed for about seven years.
I love Linux and I
love to learn.
Maybe the most
valuable memories are those moments when I learned something new about a topic I
already knew well. The most recent example was the article “Understanding
Bash: Elements of Programming” in the October 2018 issue. This kind
of deep knowledge is the fuel for me to keep using Linux both at work and home.
First distro was Red Hat in 1998.
I’ve been a subscriber since 2001 (or earlier).
Linux Journal brings carefully selected articles from good authors on
topics of importance and interest every month. Nearly 80% of the content
of every issue is of my interest—that’s the primary reason I
subscribe to it.
In one of my old workplaces, which was a state-run organization in Kolkata,
India, we were running Free Software
solutions all around. There was a requirement to introduce a library
management software for our library. LJ did an article on Koha around that
time. We adopted it and that was a grand success.
Please continue the great work. LJ has become part of
life. It was bad to miss it for couple of months.
I’ve been a subscriber for 20 years to
stay current and learn new stuff with Linux and related technologies.
Favorite memory is the “They Said It” column and Doc Searls’ end-of-year
piece on the 2016 election.
My first distro was Red Hat (forking to Fedora).
A thought: recent events show that America needs to READ more, whether
it’s Linux Journal,
Scientific American or the Wall Street Journal. Basic education with an
emphasis on reading is the
great enabler and compass.
I cannot remember how long I’ve subscribed—it was your second or
third year. I had no credit
card, and I was sending checks in dollars from Italy by post. It was a
really painful operation to go to the bank to get the check, go to the post
office, send the check and wait for the notification that you got the check.
I’m a Linux user, software engineer, developer and free software
I have too many memories. It was really a pleasure to get
my copy in the post. Most of the time it was in bad shape, but I was reading
it cover to cover the day it arrived. Now it’s not the same, even if I still
love to read LJ.
My first distro ws Slackware loaded from floppy downloaded at my
university, because my modem was
I’ve been a subscriber for about 10 years. I
subscribe to Linux Journal because I like monthly periodicals that are
well-edited and serve as a guide to the future. Sure, I can search for
random information on the internet, and that’s useful in its own way. But
I’ve also seen my favorite publications disappear, including PC
Magazine, DDJ and TUX, and I’m glad Linux
Journal is still around.
I also read Linux Journal for work. My motto is: I use Linux at work, Mac
at home, and Windows only when I must.
My first distro was Sony’s Linux for the PlayStation 2. Hey, don’t we all
like to mix fun with work?
I have been a subscriber for two years now, and previously, I was subscriber
of other magazines, but they died…RIP.
My first distro was SUSE, then Debian, but in the end, I
am into Linux Mint. I find it quite comfortable. I started when you still
were booting from external 1.4 mb disks. It took me at least two hours to get a
fully working boot! It’s so easy now, with so many options to select correctly
before for everything works the first time.
My favorite memory: I love SSH, and then I think I discovered the mosh option via
your magazine, but I am not sure, that is a bit extra but really nice. I
love that sensation when from just typing a bit of text you get that
power. Yes, I tend to abuse the root user, but I am trying to quit that.
I’ve been a subscriber since 2009,
because I like the
articles very much and feel like a Linux Journal community member.
My favorite LJ memory was the notice, in 2017, that it was not
the end of LJ.
Slackware 3.5 was my first distro in July, 1998.
I’ve subscribed since number 37, and I think my first one was number 32. I was
delighted. I subscribed because besides LWN, it was here the only
international magazine for Linux users.
My first distro for money was S.u.S.E, but I think in 1993, it was Slackware.
I liked Linux from the beginning. First I was a Windows
Programmer, but after that long time on Windows, it has been
enlightening to work with Linux. At first I worked on the command interface only,
with a lot of man page reading. On my job, doing some stuff in
automatic control, it has been a pleasure to work with Linux.
I was using Linux even as a desktop from the very beginning, even
when it was not common in those days.
Well in all my working years with Linux and Linux Journal, these are
both some old friends to come along with the times&mash;THAT is consistency!
There are a lot of interesting stories, but as simple as it is, I
use it every day over several years.
I have been an avid reader of Linux Journal since about 1996 and a
subscriber since 2005. Once the living room began to fill up with the
paper-based magazines, I was so happy that LJ came out with the digital
subscription edition, as that was a big relief freeing up much-needed space
for my computers.
If it weren’t for a co-worker at an insurance company where I worked
who introduced me and continued to drill in the benefits of Linux back
in the 1990s and insisted that I drop the “Red Pill”, I
don’t think I would have had such a broad knowledge of computing and
programming (thanks Joe).
In contrast, I had always been a Microsoft user since DOS 3.1, back when we
had to load the OS from floppy disks in the late 1980s. Back then with a
staggering 640Kb running on top of my 8086/88 hardware, I thought I was on
top of the world after migrating from an Atari 520 68K Motorola CPU.
However, after being introduced to Linux in the 1990s and installing Red Hat
Linux 5.0 and acquiring two Sun Sparc “RISC” workstations, my mind was
blown as the rabbit hole appeared as a bottomless pit.
I subscribe to Linux Journal, because since I was first introduced
some 23 years ago, it is the one publication, IMO, that has remained true
to the Free and Open Source Software movement that enlightens their readers
from month to month with fresh information and endless possibilities of what one
may achieve and build upon without proprietary software stagnation and
financial barriers. Dream It, Download It, Build It.
To no end have I personally provided clients with solutions to their
business needs, from articles and ideas submitted through the publication,
and to this day, I voraciously seek from month to month new ideas and
information. On the first of every month, I eagerly check my email and the
LJ site for a new issue like a child waiting for a toy store to open.
Moreover, to me, it was a very sad day when LJ announced that they would no
longer print their publication. All of my peers thought someone
had passed away, and boy did it feel like it after all those years. But
that all changed after a month or two when they fired back up the presses.
They were back and as strong as ever. To me, that was the greatest moment
in LJ history, and as long as you guys are around, you’ll have a
loyal subscriber, and I hope that LJ will be around for generations to come.
I can’t thank you guys enough for the support and the many projects I
have completed with the assistance and reading of LJ. One of my favorites is
the June 2013 issue’s “Prospecting for Ones and Zeros”.
Forget about pouring gasoline on fire, this was the nuke!
Excellent work guys, don’t stop!
I’ve been a subscriber since around issue #4.
It keeps me informed on
what the cool kids are up to.
My favorite LJ memory is attending a mini-Linux
conference, which was embedded into a UNIX Conference in Washington DC. That
is where I found out about Linux Journal and subscribed as soon as I got
My first distro: I was playing around with Minix when I first saw Linus’ post about Linux 0.12. My first real
distribution was Slackware.
Norman H. Azadian
I’ve been a subscriber since Day One. My first distro was a stack of
floppies we downloaded from somewhere, way before 1.0. My first
commercial distro was Red Hat.
I began subscribing March 12, 1996, according to my accounting program. I
wire-wrapped my own 6800 computer in high school in 1978, wrote LISP and
Fortran programs on punch cards for a Cyber mainframe at USC, worked as
an intern running a company’s PDP-11/70 (booted with paper tape) during
the summers, and owned TRS-80 and Commodore computers and every
generation of PC since the original 8088. I was first introduced to UNIX
and USENET on an NCR Tower (68020-based) owned by a former employer, and
later via Sun and SGI workstations. By 1996, I was already transitioning
from Windows to Linux, as I was always a low-level guy at heart (embedded
hardware/software engineer), and Microsoft had gone too closed. Plus,
I saw the writing on the wall by that time with USENET having morphed
into the internet and TCP/IP and Open Systems becoming the future, not
NETBIOS and proprietary applications.
My first Linux OS experimentation was dual-booting to Slackware back
somewhere in the mid-90s. I worked with Debian for a while, and by 2000,
my primary boot OS was Red Hat, and I was running Windows in a VMware VM.
In 2003, I moved to Gentoo (back when it had to be brought up from a
stage one install), and I’ve been using Gentoo ever since. I just
re-compiled over a dozen or so workstation upgrades over the years.
I’ve also booted a number of embedded Linux distributions over the
years, cross-compiled on my Gentoo workstation. The only remnants I have
of Windows are VM snapshots of my old systems (all the way back to my
first DOS PC and up to Windows 2000). Thanks to Linux and the fine
open-source emulators, I even have archives of all my old TRS-80 and
Commodore VIC-20 and C64 programs, spreadsheets and text documents
that I wrote in college nearly 40 years ago. I can still run those
applications and read those files today, thanks to the hard work of
I forget when I first saw Linux Journal on the local magazine rack.
It was back in the later days of Computer Shopper and BYTE!
I had already been running Linux for a while by that point, but was
surprised to find it had a fan base large enough to justify a magazine.
I subscribed instantly of course, and I have maintained that subscription
for the last 23 years, through the digital transition and the latest
reorganization. I don’t have a favorite LJ memory; I like all of it.
Zack Brown’s “diff -u” is one I never miss to keep up with what’s going
on with the kernel, along with Doc Searls’ opinions (now editorials)
on the continuing evolution of Open Source. The most valuable aspect of
Linux Journal for me is that it covers the wide gamut of activities that
Linux now encompasses, from small embedded IoT systems to smartphones to
cloud-based containers to the world’s fastest supercomputers. I’ve been
using UNIX shells for three decades, but I still find useful pointers in
Dave Taylor’s articles. Most of my coding is in C/C++, but I like
keeping up with what’s happening on the language front as well. I also
enjoy finding articles about programs I’ve never heard of before,
particularly science and math applications that I never realized were
already waiting for me to simply “emerge” onto my Gentoo system. The
breadth of the Linux ecosystem these days is truly fantastic.
Anyway, congratulations on 25 years, and keep up the good work!
I’ve been a subscriber for 5+ years.
My first distro was Slackware and
building the kernel from scratch on the weekends.
Harjit S Mavi
I’ve subscribed since 2007. I subscribed
while I was working at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Later I moved
to Canada and resumed membership.
I subscribe because I was a Linux system
administrator most of my professional life.
My favorite memory was When I received my first copy of Linux
journal in Melbourne, Australia.
I cannot recall my first distro.
I’ve been a Linux Journal subscriber since
about 2011. I really love the articles, especially the trouble-shooting
stories Kyle Rankin writes. I also enjoy Doc Searls exploring the new
frontier of the digital era. I still have copies the paper magazine
that I periodically skim through and find an interesting piece of free
software to try or idea to test. The new digital copy is full of useful
information—I usually don’t even get through the whole issue before the
next one comes out, so the past issue ISO offer to subscribers was much
appreciated. Keep up the good work.
I included a pic of a family trip to Yellowstone in 2018 that my wife took
(two of my three sons are in the pic—I’m on the right).
PS. I kept a trip journal on my Acer – Aspire One Ubuntu machine (runs
which replaced an awful Windows 7 Starter OS.
Nicola De Filippo
This January is my ten-year anniversary as a subscriber.
I subscribe to get news about kernel and
read the kernel article “diff -u” first.
My first distro was
Slackware, and it was 1995, but I don’t remember the version.
I love Linux on the desktop and mobile (I’m a Sailfish OS user).
I subscribed when LJ started
to offer a digital subscription in 2005 or 2006-ish, I think.
I subscribe for three principle reasons,
each equally important: 1. Fantastic and in-depth technical articles. 2.
digital, so I could get it on time and at reasonable cost. 3. I wanted to
support this fantastic free software resource.
My favorite thing about LJ was when I could subscribe to the digital
and all the fantastic enterprise Linux infrastructure and web/dev technical
My first distro was Suse Linux 5.x or 6.0 in 1998.
I used SunOs/Solaris before.
I am an engineer, developer, sysadmin and open source advocate. My
interests are in IC design and test, solving engineering problems,
automation, development, data processing, analysis and visualization, web
technologies and devops.
I use Linux exclusively—both personally and for work since it displaced
UNIX in engineering and scientific computing in late 1990s. I cannot
imagine the world without UNIX/Linux/GNU, free software giants like Richard
Stallman, Linus Torvalds and countless others inspiring us and contributing
to free software and computing. Climbing on their shoulders, we enjoy
free computing, learning and contributing to a better and sustainable future.
If I could have my LJ wish come true—please use thicker fonts in your
PDFs. It it way too thin (low contrast) to read, even magnified on mobile
and laptop screens.
I am a gray beard. I graduated college in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical
Engineering. My formal introduction to computers was when I took a Fortran
IV programming class in college in 1965. I have been using Linux since
the days when one had to compile the individual packages and put the
pieces all together. My first distro was SuSE Linux not long after it
appeared. I switched to Mandrake in its early years and have stuck with
it through its many iterations over the years and am typing this on a
Toshiba laptop running Mageia 6. Several people have influenced me over
the years, including, more than any other, Richard M. Stallman. Having
gotten into computers and programming in the 1960s, software freedom was
the norm. Over the years, I observed the possessive, closed-source model
takeover led most prominently by Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and I found
it infuriating. Linux’s arrival on the scene was like a drink of cool,
clear water after being surrounded by stagnant, polluted, brackish water
for years. These days my local network includes about 8–12 computers
at any given time with only one not running Linux—my AutoCAD box
running Windows 7 Pro. It isn’t connected to the internet. I have been a
Linux Journal subscriber off and on since it was in its infancy,
and I read each issue cover to cover upon arrival. Keep up the good fight.
I’ve been a subscriber since issue #1.
My favorite LJ memory is sharing my DirB shell
Before Linux, I used UNIX,
starting with Version 7.
I have been a subscriber to LJ since 1994. I remember seeing the cover
of issue #4, and I still have a copy of #13 here.
I think my first useful distro was Yggdrasil something, on floppies,
kernel 1.x.something. I still have my Yggdrasil “The Linux Bible, The
I started working with computers as an “instrument technician” in a huge
integrated steel mill on Lake Michigan. DEC PDPs and VAXes running RSX
and VMS, then we added some SUN sparcs running SUNos 4.something, then
on to Solaris. Research modelers started with SGI workstations and IRIX.
I was more hardware than software, but system administration became
necessary to know. I’m not a programmer, but I can compile a “Hello
World” in C, and I learned enough shell programming to get by.
When MS DOS/Windows started to creep in, I could not understand the
“Just reboot the computer” mentality to fix things.
With our Vaxes and Suns, rebooting was not a way to fix anything.
I was familiar with GNU software from the VMS and SUNos world. Then, Linux
allowed me to experiment on old 386 computers, without disrupting mill
I built a dial-in PPP call-back remote access system on an old AST
486-100Mhz PC with a few modems—with an Apache web server and Samba
file and print sharing, long before the office “Windows” world even knew
what to do with that.
More recently, we snuck in Red Hat and CentOS servers running Oracle and
MySQL, running almost unnoticed in the background, dutifully gathering
and storing process, environmental and photo data with database servers
running over 5 years without being rebooted—unheard of, and not believed
by the “Windows” community.
I’m not in the mills anymore, but I’m still hacking away with Linux. I
must say, there are still times when I get hours into a project, run
into a wall, and people say, “It’s simple, just load xyz module and just
compile blah from somewhere.” Or, “why are you doing that, you should do
Then I go do something else for a while.
Keep up the good work, Linux Journal.
I’ve been a subscriber since 2009 (I think).
Reason: I originally subscribed to increase my understanding of Linux. I
continue to subscribe to keep up with the changes in open-source software.
Memories: my event horizon is roughly two weeks now—I don’t have any
significant memories of Linux Journal other than having read a lot of
articles over the years.
Original distribution: Slackware Professional Linux version 2.3, first
installed in 1996.
I’ve been an LJ subscriber since…I don’t remember…somewhere between 2012 and
I use Linux, like it, and I like to find news and useful info about it, so
I’m a subscriber.
When I first started, my interest was in embedded Linux, and I found my first
useful information in LJ.
My first distro was Slackware (I still like it), and I sometimes
think about coming back to it.
I’m glad you are still working on LJ.
Per Asbjørn Jensen
I have had an electronic subscription
to Linux Journal for the last eight years and was regular reader for even longer. I
installed my first Linux (Red Hat 5.3) distribution more than 20 years
ago, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Today both my private and professional
are Linux (Ubuntu), and I have not had a Windows partition for years.
LJ is a
great way to expand my Linux world and support the community.
My favorite LJ “story” was when NSA classified me because I read
learned about Tor and Tails.
I’ve not been a subscriber from the beginning,
but I remember buying and reading your magazine—a short-lived Spanish
edition—about the date of the 2.0.34 kernel.
I subscribe because it’s a good magazine and to express
My favorite LJ memory is reading about a wonderful operating
system that came with a free 32-bit C compiler, among a lot of other great
tools for creating things with a computer, and introducing me to
technologies like FPGAs and microcontrollers (Arduino), which helped me in
becoming an electronic engineer. So thanks for that.
I think my first distro was Slackware, which was famous then.
Nelson (Shih-Wei) Huang
I’ve subscribed more than 10 years.
During my studies of Red Hat Linux, I needed new knowledge.
I like the focus on privacy.
My first distro was Mandriva 1998.
I’ve been a subscriber for 18 years. For some reason a
print subscription to the UK was very reasonably priced.
I subscribe for the technical articles that are
My favorite memory was discovering it had “came back from the
First distro was Red Hat 4.2.
Dr. Mícheá Foghlú
Thanks for continuing to produce a fabulous magazine.
I have the first
edition (March 1994)!
It’s the best way to get
diverse opinions about Linux, and it’s really practical.
My favorite memory is getting my first edition—I really
wanted to learn more about Linux.
First distro was SLS Software Landing
System, 1992. My favourite distro has been Debian for most of the time
since, but I’ve used and love Ubuntu, SuSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and
I published a blog
post of my Linux journey when I joined Red Hat in 2014,
famously Linux supporters (but I work for Google now, also big Linux
probably 20+ years? I
started using Linux regularly ~1996 and found Linux Journal on the shelf at
Barnes & Noble. I immediately subscribed.
I subscribe to keep up to date and learn new
corners of Linux and other OSS.
My favorite LJ memory is putting my feet up, reading the paper
copy cover to cover with a good beverage.
First distro was 3.5″ floppies downloaded
from FTP. First CDROM distro was Slackware from Walnut Creek CDROM. Then
later I discovered the awesomeness of Red Hat (version 4 I think?)
Thank you so much for keeping LJ up and running. I deeply appreciate all
Finn Bo Jørgense
I’ve subscribed since July 1994 (year 1, issue 3), but I have the two first issues as
well. I had an interruption along the way back when international
payments were complicated.
I subscribe to keep up and to support the free software spirit.
My favorite LJ memory is the first pioneering years when things moved almost every day.
My first distro was Yggdrasil, fall 1993, kernel 0.99.13. Still have the CD, the boot floppy
and the manual!
I have been a subscriber for 20 years (from 1998).
I am the one of the very early fans and users of Linux in China.
My favorite issue is the April 2005 one, for the small satellite application, as
I am a satellite software engineer.
The first distribution I ever used was a Caldera Network Desktop V1.0, then
Here is my collection of LJ magazines:
Jose Luis Martinez
most of the last 20
years, but I remember picking up paper copies in Mexico City and Kuala
Lumpur around 23–24 years ago.
I like the content and the fact
that you have remained quite technically minded. Some things go over the
top of my head, but that is a good thing in my book.
My favorite LJ memory receiving my first DVD with all the
past issues. It was a relief to be able to free all that space!
I think my first distro was Slackware
distributed in 25 3.5 inch floppy disks. Horrific!
I’ve subscribed since Feb 2012.
I like to keep up to date with
Linux and FOSS.
Not really sure of my favorite memory. I’ve read a lot of good
articles throughout the years.
Fedora was my first distro
around 2003, but shortly after, I switched to Ubuntu and I’ve stayed with
Debian for some years now.
I would say I’ve subscribed for roughly 25
years. I have somewhere a copy of LJ no. 1.
I’ve loved it since the beginning,
and I don’t wont to miss any issues.
My favorite memory is difficult to say, but…when you
started again after the stop.
If I remember well, my first distro was
Slackware distributed on floppy disk.
I’ve subscribed since about 1995, I think.
It’s a good read. Always was.
My favorite memory is meeting LJ people at Linux Expos and Linux events in places like New
York/San Francisco and many other places around the states.
My first distro was Debian followed by Red Hat back in 1993.
I helped start the GNU/Linux kernel at Manchester University by
joining in to start the Manchester Linux User’s
Some time later I started the Sheffield Linux User’s Group
For the past twenty years I have written for GNU/Linux magazines. I
have been subscribed to the Linux Journal since the early days, but had a
break in the middle. I am still reading Linux Journal. An example of
my photographs and written work is here.
I am about to go to Fosdem in Brussels. I wrote the original conference
report for Linux Magazine about Fosdem many years ago.
Marcelo Rezende Módolo
I believe my subscription must be more than 10 years old.
In addition to being passionate about Linux, I found the content very good.
There were memories, I cannot remember a specific one, but I guarantee that
the return of LJ after its almost end, I will not forget!
Here in Brazil there was a distribution called Kurumim! That was my first
I started reading occasionally in 2006–2007 (when I was visiting the US, I
used to pick one up), and then I decided to get a subscription sometime in
think, as there was no good Linux magazine at the time at newsstands in the
Netherlands, so I’ve been subscribed now for 10+ years!
I like to keep up to speed with latest Linux technologies and ideas about
Linux-based ideas—that’s why I kept my subscription running. As a
programmer by trade, I’m always most interested in programming-related Linux
No particular memory about Linux Journal pops to mind, although
I liked when it was a print issue. Spending all day behind
computer screens, I don’t really like to read magazines on it too. I have not
switched to e-readers or tablets for magazines. It’s just not the
same experience. So I guess I read less articles now that it’s digital.
My first Linux distribution was SUSE Linux back in 1998–1999, I guess.
It was packed in a box with cds. I used to buy a couple of those boxes before I got
a stable internet connection, where it was ok to just download it. I switched
to debian around 2002 or 2003, and I’ve primarily used Debian/Ubuntu since but also
an occasional CentOS.
First of all, thank you for bringing Linux
Journal back to life. It’s my only magazine subscription, and I really enjoy
reading it cover to cover, not real covers but digital ones now.
I think my LJ subscription started about 1997 or 1998, I’m not sure. I
started reading the magazines in 1996, lent from the person who introduced
me to Linux and a very dear friend that passed away some years ago. As a
final graduation project in 2001, we made an implementation of IP-Over-SCSI
and the SourceForge page still exists here.
It was a really exciting project, and we made a deep dive into the Linux
kernel, and somehow we managed to make it work. This was a test
implementation suggested by our professor Hans du Buf at Algarve’s
University (Portugal) to see if it was possible to use the SCSI interface
in Beowulf Linux clusters for parallel processing instead of the more
expensive Myrinet fast network cards sold at the time. Good times.
Another good story was when a Linux conference was held at Algarve’s
University in 1999, and I had the opportunity to meet Alan Cox in person
with his characteristic red fedora hat on top of his head. My friend
asked Alan for an autograph, and Alan was not expecting to sign my friend’s
laptop—it was really memorable to see his face.
My first distribution was Slackware with Linux kernel 2.0. I believe at the
time it was the first Linux distribution with kernel 2.0. I remember really
well downloading the 1.44 MB floppy disk images using a 28.8 kbps modem. It
took a really long time to download each one and then save the image to the
floppy disk. If we were lucky, we wouldn’t have any problems with the floppy
disk, but many times we needed to save a new image in the middle of the Linux
installation, and since I read the partition instructions really well
for the Linux install, I never had a problems and lost information of my
Windows partition. I had a good old 486DX33 laptop with 4 MB of RAM and 100 MB of
disk—a really top-of-the-line computer that managed to work with Linux and
survived my experiences with it.
It’s also important to say that Linux and UNIX was my career choice when I
started working. Besides having my home Linux servers and workstations, I
had some experience with administration of the University Vision Lab
Linux and SGI workstations (remember
those?), and it was really something that I enjoyed doing. Thank you to Linux
Journal for educating me in all Linux aspects and everybody who helped and
inspired me all these years.
And this is it for now. I have a lot more Linux related stories but this
are the ones I decided to share with Linux Journal. In 25 years I will
share more. 🙂
I have been a subscriber for about six years,
and a developer for more than ten years. I subscribed to Linux
Journal because it
was my favorite of the Linux publications that existed. Even though they
say you should never judge a book by its cover, I was drawn to the covers
of Linux Journal publications. My favorite article so far is when Kyle
Rankin wrote about using the Odroid for a home NAS solution. The first
distribution that I used was Mandrake 9.x. I received a copy from a friend,
and later decided to buy it with the Mandrake book as a guide.
I’ve been a subscriber for more than ten years to keep up with the latest
Favorite memory was when LJ,/em> was rescued by PIA!
First distro was Red Hat Linux.
I’ve been a subscriber for two years.
I subscribed because LJ covered software and hardware. It has had a long tenure
in Linux, and it is also quite inspiring.
My favoriate memories are limited, but email conversations with LJ staff have
been very friendly and informative.
My first distro was Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity DT), and I distro-hopped through at
least 40 before ending up with Mint Xfce and Cinnamon DTs.
My background with computing is fairly long (since ’79), what with mucking
about in CP/M, AppleDOS, DOS and Windows. Hardware being analog and digital
from 6800/6502/Z80 in the distant past to current ARM devices and the like.
I made the foray into Linux in late 2016 as a reaction to Windows 10’s
quirks and telemetry.
My initial experience with Ubuntu 16.04 was satisfying in that I felt safe and
had no odd OS behaviors.
As my experience grew after a fairly intense distro-hopping period, I
wondered why I waited so long to make the move to Linux.
LJ has been instrumental in my Linux journey, with well-written and
researched articles and thoughtful opinion pieces—a real treat.
These days, I am all about spreading the word to my community (500K people),
in retirement homes, high schools, cop shops and the like. It seems to be
working, albeit slowly. Next stop, flyers at cinemas!
My evangelism requires very little monetary outlay, mostly time to visit
venues to get some flyers posted and handed out. It seems like that most
visceral of media, paper, has become something of a curiosity to the young
‘uns, it gives them pause, looks like.
If anyone has any ideas of other venues to approach, I am all ears, I am in
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Hopefully my pic does not make anyone cry:-(
Peter van der Burg
I’m a father of five now adult children. I’m a New
Zealander residing in Melbourne, Victoria (Aus). My early training was in
radio electronics, where I soon gained an interest in microcomputers
(ZX81!). This eventually led to me branching into UNIX Systems
Administration and then ICT Management. I now freelance as an ICT Project
Manager, and I develop interesting solutions on the Raspberry Pi and ESP8266
hardware using Python and MicroPython. My Linux distribution of choice is
currently the no-frills Debian.
I like subscribing to this particular Linux magazine (for more than 20 years
now) for its high-quality journalism. Although so much is available freely
through private websites, etc., this magazine offers curated content that
takes me into realms I may not otherwise go. Good brain food!
My all-time best application of Linux came from an obscure place. In 2007 and
2008, I went to Ethiopia with Habitat for Humanity to build mud houses. When I
was asked a year later to participate in an exhibition showcasing my
experience, presenting a few dozen photos wouldn’t do it justice. So
thinking creatively, it went from “what if each photo frame in the
gallery was an album slideshow?” to what ultimately became a 24-screen
video wall that ran entirely off Linux. The concept remained, that each
screen ran its own slideshow, but it was enhanced so all slideshows ran photos
from a set theme for a period of a few minutes.
This is where the power of Linux and particularly X Windows steps in. It
encapsulates almost everything I love about Linux over any other OS. The
granularity of control over the hardware, wide hardware support, software
that spans generations of hardware and extensive and powerful networking
Each column of four screens was driven by a PC with two dual-head videocards,
with all six PCs being served images from a Linux file server. The server ran
24 processes, each serving photos to its respective screen. The result was
Through the extensive control set of X11 and VESA commands, I could even
power manage all the screens to coincide with the gallery opening hours.
Having free access to a lot of old PC hardware, I had to find a version of
Linux of the same era. I settled with Suse 9 running the rudimentary TWM X
Windows Manager. Nvidia still had drivers available! Using scavenged
materials, I recall only spending about $100 on hardware fastenings and
electrical power boards.
The server was multi-homed, meaning the screen driving PCs sat on their own
trusted network, while the server was also on a less trusted network
allowing remote systems administration.
The Videowall continued to be used post exhibition for a few years as a
Conference Information Board for locally held events.
Overall, it was a great project for applied Linux.
I’ve been a subscriber since 2000, but I started
reading LJ in 1998.
I subscribed because I didn’t want to miss an issue, because I was buying
them from the magazine stand.
There are too many favorite memories, but the one that comes
to my mind is the email sent out in January last year with the
announcement of LJ 2.0. Way to go!
The first distribution I installed was Slackware 2.1 in 1996. The
installation CD came from the book Build a Linux Internet Server by
George Eckel, and since then, I have used several other distros.
Happy 25th birthday!
I’ve subscribed for 24 years.
I really like to read the articles and then follow along.
I like Reuven Lerner’s articles, Dave Taylor’s and Kyle Rankin.
My favorite articles were by Shawn Powers on his bird watching.
Slackware, I think, back in the 1990s was my first distro. I had one of the original laptops that
only had a diskette drive and a 10Gig hd. I installed Slackware on it with
diskettes, it took three tries.
I used it to do a newsletter for our motorcycle club with tex. It was lots of
fun (ha ha), but it worked.
I’ve been subscribed to Linux Journal for about six months.
The quality of articles is really high, and most of the articles are
more relevant to me than other Linux-related publications tend to be.
Unfortunately I haven’t been reading long enough to have good or bad
memories about Linux Journal.
My first distribution was Ubuntu 11.04 (I think), right before they
switched from GNOME to Unity as the default desktop environment. That first version update
was a big surprise because everything changed!
I’ve subscribed since mid-1995, or maybe the end of 1994 or earlier (USENIX
It is THE source for free-thinking Linux enthusiam and its people.
My favorite memory is the appearance of an international Linux Journal after many years of
work in the German UNIX Users Group (GUUG) and its technical newsletter
My first distro was Slackware.
Face picture attached.
Or would you prefer it in .face format? Remember? 🙂
I subscribed from the
very beginning, number 1!
I subscribe to keep myself up to date with the
Articles about the Wine Project for running
Windows app under Linux were my favorite.
My first distros were SLS Softlanding Linux Systems
and Debian 0.93.
for more then 10 years.
I have been working with Linux
since college, and in my day to day, there is a set of Linux servers I had to
administer, and in some cases do some kernel tunning, and Linux
very good source of information, tips and knowledge.
Favorite LJ memory is hacks from Kyle Rankin that I always had
the opportunity to try at work.
My first distro was Red Hat and the
installation was using set of CD-ROMs.
The first issue I received was #10.
Back in 1994, already being enthusiastic about Linux, I discovered one of
my fellow students at Uni had an issue with him. I got some sort of coupon,
from inside the magazine that I could fill out with my details, and I sent it off.
I still retain the in print versions I have gotten over the years in my
library. It’s not very Marie Kondo-like, but I have good memories of learning new
technologies in there.
Reuven’s first article on Ruby on Rails is my favorite memory. Or, this is I believe, from
an issue before #10, but the one about the HTTP protocol and the
possibilities it could have.
My first distribution was 40 floppy SlackWare on a multi-day run between Uni and my dorm room (I
owned ~20 blank floppies).
I’ve been a subscriber for quite a while, and I enjoy quite a bit reading the
they arrive. I’m very impressed by the quality and the skills of those that
for the journal, and I hope it can continue for the next 25 years.
I’ve subscribed for approx. 15 years
to keep myself updated on the Linux community.
My favorite LJ memory is when the journal was “rescued” and
My first distro was Red Hat Linux 5 (I think that was the
As far as my subscription, I had to search through my emails (order conformation), and the oldest I found
dates back to 2005.
I subscribe to support your work and to learn something new every now and then. It’s
simply not possible to review all Linux applications and news on my own.
With so much high quality content, it’s not so easy for me to pick one
favorite memory. What
I’ve really enjoyed reading since the beginning are the columns (EOF, Hack and
/, Work the Shell, diff -u, …).
My first distro? That’s a hard question. Most probably it was SuSE.
Currently, I’m on Manjaro after a few
years of using KUbuntu and some others.
I started subscribing to Linux Journal in 2000.
I subscribe because I am interested in what is happening in Linux.
It was so cool to use Slackware and a bunch of floppy drives to get a
multi-user multi-tasking UNIX-like operating system on my PC. I was much
happier using Red Hat 4.2 on a CDROM however.
My favorite Linux Journal memory is when it came back from the dead.
I’ve been a subscriber since some point
in 1997. (I had to let go of my paper back issues long ago.)
I continue to subscribe to LJ because of the relevance of its focus to my
own professional and hobby use of Linux. As I see each new cover for the
first time, more often than not, I’m pleasantly surprised to find that the focus
of the new issue aligns with some topic I’d very recently either unearthed,
or meant to delve into, but had not had time for.
I have many great memories of LJ over the years. One that amused me was
the tongue-in-cheek backlash against Marcel Gagné’s Cooking with Linux
column. I always appreciated his lighthearted style and use of recipes as
a metaphor for installing software—prescient, given the rise of automation
tools based on, yes, recipes and cookbooks.
I suppose unpacking tarballs to install software was always near to my
heart considering I started with Slakware (from the 1994 InfoMagic CDROM
set, still hanging on my wall).
Here’s to many more years!
I’ve been a subscriber
since the first stapled
It’s just a fun read
My favorites were the “best of” articles.
My first distro was Slackware, 1994/5, on a
Prior to 1994, I always used VMS and UNIX-based systems professionally,
and when I booted Slackware on a 386SX (with way too little memory), I
was flabbergasted when I saw the familiar X-terminal in the twm window
manager. It took minutes to load and was quite useless, but the fact
that at home I could run this, I was sold. I still had my 3b1 (an
AT&T box with a 10 MHz 68010 processor). I immediately put a 486DX2-66
box together, which was the state of the art at the time, and ran my
benchmarks, outperforming my Sun3 and even Sun4 at the office. For
some professional work, I keep a list of benchmarks of an N-body
code. Both the 16MHz 386SX and the 68010 did not have a floating point
processor and ran this particular code in 87″ and 49″ resp. A Sun-4/60
would run this in 1″, but the 486 in 0.093″, more than 10 times
faster. For comparison, one of my modern desktops would run this in
0.00030″, about 300 times the speed of the 486.
I can also add that I converted our group from Solaris to Linux. We
still run Linux on all of our desktops, although quite a few of my
colleagues have switched to the almost-UNIX laptops that Apple sells.
I’ve been a subscriber since 2009 for the interesting articles and many
opportunities to discover.
Too many favorites to put here—there’s just always interesting articles and ideas to
explore after reading them in Linux Journal. My most recent
favorite memory was definitely
the restart after the short break.
My first distribution was quite possibly Mandriva around 2000.
I’ve been a subscriber for
a dozen years, maybe longer, but the earliest receipt I can find in my
email is from 07-Apr-2007.
I subscribe to support the movement!
My favorite memory: it is not just content, I like it all—it was how nostalgic I felt when I realized that the publication will be
going online and I would no longer hold it in my hands. I like the
electronic version, I just realized how much I love my LJ!
First distro was Debian.
Subscriber since 2012.
Favourite: Doc Searls’ posts.
First distro: Debian Woody
Salahuddin M. ElKazak
I’vew subscribed for about five years (with
It is a very useful magazine, and
it’s about Linux, enough said!
My favorite is Shawn Powers’ useful articles with
humor. I remember reading a part on wives and although they prevent us from
taking the switches apart and jacking them up to crontabs, they keep us
well fed and dressed! 😀
I cannot remember my first distribution, but I
usually prefer the ones featuring Security.
I started reading Linux
Journal very early on in the game, like episode two or three or something.
I was a mainframe console operator at the time looking to learn UNIX, and
one of my colleagues tipped me off. I thought “why not install UNIX at home
and learn it from the inside out?” I was hooked.
Twenty-six years later, I’m still
hooked. I was a regular subscriber for one-year stints, and then suffered
through the Linux Journal blackout. But now I take the digital subscription
out of pure joy and interest.
I recall stumbling across a howto that
layed out the basics of setting up point-to-point protocol and supporting
telnet between two Linux boxen. I was all over that and had my connection
from home to work running in a flash. It was the first time anyone in my
shop had every heard of Linux. The year? 1996.
My first distro? Here, I’ll try this one from
memory, SLS 0.99pl45. I believe the pl stood for “patch level”. My first
requirement: obtain about 25 3.25″ floppies for the download, about 15 of
which were for X alone.
Above is me, Ray Foulkes, having fun on holidays. I am 73 years old and
have been a Linux Journal subscriber for er, I think since the beginning of
time (that is, I have forgotten). The earliest email I have from you is April
2007. Prior to my retirement 15 years ago, I was a VP of a large
organization in Europe. My remit was entirely technical and had been the
whole of my career in computing (since 1969). Why do I still subscribe?
Primarily, I like your style, and I like to keep up to date with what is
going on in the Linux world.
I am however a Linux user rather than a Linux developer or experimenter. I
have seen in various magazines the “desktops” of various readers. They all
look beautifully neat. To illustrate my use of Linux (and other OSes), I
thought that I would send you an image of the reality of my desktop as
opposed to the marketing version, and then explain my use of Linux.
The two large screens are one of three OpenSuse “desktops”. The one on the
left is showing my “domestic” desktop, which is Linux Mint (a somewhat old
version) running under VMware Workstation on the OpenSUSE host. There I do
my email and fun browsing (like now), but normally it (and the other large
screen) contains several windows of the SEGGER development environment,
Kfind, Kate, Kompare, Ultraedit (sometimes), plus various other technical
tools as well as a couple terminal windows (for midnight commander, etc.).
That is just as cluttered as the rest of my physical desktop.
The portable to the right-hand side is (close your eyes here) a Windows 10
machine for doing those things that even my VMware Windows image cannot do
(such as deal with obscure USB devices). It also does things that Linux cannot
do (such as run technical programs written and supported only on Windows).
Just peeping around the end of the large screen to the right is an EEEpc
901 (upgraded EEprom) running LXDE, which I take with me on journeys if I
think someone is likely to steal my PC (good luck with selling an EEEpc).
The large telephone is an IP extension to my friend’s exchange in his house
in the UK. I failed to mention that the above setup is in France, by the
you look carefully, you will see bits of electronics with wires scattered
about. These are the nRF52 development cards (and some targets, but too
small to see). I am developing software using the large machines for these
little radios that contain an ARM Cortex processor running at 64MHz,
1Mbyte EEprom and 256Kbyte RAM together with the 2.4GHz radio, and no, they
are not running Linux before you ask. The box at the back between the
screens is an oscilloscope (only runs on Windows though), which I use for
checking the digital signals coming from the nRF52s.
My electronics desk (just as cluttered) sits to the left of this one with
the usual array of magnifying glasses, solder station, wires, chips and so
So, by preference, I am a Linux rather than a Windows user. Although you
can see a pretty picture on the right-hand screen, I really don’t give much
of a hoot about how pretty my desktop looks or whether windows fold as I
close them. Although I keep my machines fully patched up, I try very hard
not to upgrade to some new version. My desire is stability, not just in the
technical sense of not crashing, but in the human sense of not having to
learn yet another way of doing something, searching menus that some cretin
thinks should be shuffled, missing facilities that someone thinks
“simplifies my life”, banning me from putting things where I like on my
screen desktop etc., etc., etc. I am not totally immune to improvements, but
the gain has to be worth the pain. After all, in my career I have learned
to use at least 20 text editors, so learning another one should be easy.
However, I have a “day job” so to speak, so I will stick with what I know,
thanks. I used to use the GNU toolchain (I still do in a sense since SEGGER
uses the GNU compiler) but the SEGGER development environment saves me from
having 20 windows open when debugging two nRF52 simultaneously (the penalty
of developing radio software). SEGGER took a lot less time to learn than
GNU compiler, linker, debugger and speeded up my development so learning it
was worthwhile. I had already confronted Eclipse and, like it’s name,
decided that it was obscure(d).
During my career I was somewhat guilty of pushing Linux long before it was
ready for prime time. I tried a few times but my R&D team routinely came
back with the “you gotta be kidding” result. I have happily watched its
amazing progress, both through using it and following its development in
the press, such as in Linux Journal. I started off (if I faintly recall) by
buying a boxed Suse, which I feel has been one of the most stable Linux
distributions over its lifetime.
So, there you have it. You now know one of your loyal readers just a little
bit better—not a “no Windows” person, but still a Linux advocate.
Prof. Jean-François Boisvieux
I’ve been a subscriber from the beginning, I used Linux when I could install a
Slackware (I think) with two diskettes as far as I remember.
LJ was the reference to learn how to use and to correct errors.
It’s interesting, well written, inspiring.
I believe that, despite being a loyal subscriber for so many years, this is
the first time I’ve written to LJ.
After 25 years, however, I thought it was about time.
Well, if I recall correctly I’ve been a LJ subscriber since 1995
or 1996. I
remember I found the magazine at an international newsstand here in Rome.
Then, after voraciously reading it, I immediately decided to subscribe
(althrough the subscription was by snail mail, no online subscriptions yet).
At that time, it was the one and only Linux magazine I could find, and I was
thrilled and amazed by the quality of its articles (and still am nowadays,
by the way).
I was learning and studying Linux (first distribution was Slackware
0.something), and I realized that reading LJ was a tremendous help and
pleasure, also because the documentation was very sparse and difficult to
find (no internet as we know it today, no Google).
My favorite LJ memory is probably the eagerness to open the
LJ envelope just
after receiving the magazine in my mailbox and start reading it, line by
line, ad by ad, consuming the paper pages.
Today, so many things have changed in our lives, in our jobs, but for me,
Linux Journal still means the same old pleasure of learning something
interesting and valuable.
Thank you all, for being a loyal companion to me for so much time and keep
up the great work!
Robert Patton II
I’ve been a subscriber for about two years.
I like the info on what is being used and the Bash Programming articles.
My favorite is trying out the Bash programming examples from Dave, and
learning syntax is everything still even after all these years.
My first distro originally was Caldera Open Linux (2.0 kernel if I remember
correctly), then I moved to Slackware 3.4 around 1997 I think (now running
I’ve subscribed to the magazine since October 2018.
I am interested in the development of open source and the implementation of
projects in open code. As practice shows, open-source solutions are more
flexible and reliable, although it requires a lot of work on the correct
configuration of the system and code.
The first distribution I used was Debian 3.0, a branch of Debian with a
long history, and I think it’s simple enough for beginners to use. At the
moment, more attention is paid to the branch of Red Hat, in particular
LJ has been a good friend for more than a decade. I was a member in the
earlier times around the 2000s and later on as well.
It’s a valuable treasure cove full of invaluable insights and information
on a broad spectrum of Linux-based application landscape.
My favorite LJ memory is the perserverance of LJ and the
editors keeping LJ alive
for the “so-manyth-time” around. Keep up the good work!
My first distro was Slackware 2.2, which came on the Infomagic.com “LINUX
Developer’s Resource” of March 1995. I still have this CD set. It’s the
treasure of my home office.
I’ve been a subscriber for nine years.
I’ve always been always passionate
about learning new technologies, knowing about what other people are doing
in this field (Linux, system administration, DevOps, Security) and open
source projects, so I found the content of the magazine really covering
most of these interesting topics to me, at different levels. So
this is how I support the LJ team’s work.
I remember very well that a good friend
(Howard Pepper), which is the best person I know when it comes to writing
shell scripts, worked on a script to calculate the day of the week for a
given date, and then a few issues later we saw an article from Dave Taylor
with a similar topic, and then my friend wrote to the magazine to mention
his solution, which eventually made it to the Letters section of the
magazine, and Howard showed it to me very proudly, and even Dave recognized his
Mandrake was my first distro.
I’ve subscribed since 2011.
I like the content and didn’t
like having to use a non-Linux machine to read most of the others.
My favorite LJ memory is seeing you back in print.
First distro was Trans-Ameritech V1.0
March 1995, installed with my first and very expensive CD drive.
Post traumatic stress from SCO Unix install on 53! floppy disks!!!
I’ve subscribed for about 15 years (best guess).
Why? I’m a Linux user. I believe in sharing and the open source approach
to software development. I support that community in different ways, Linux
Journal being one of them. I also find practical advice, general trends,
and (from Doc Searls) abstract concepts to ponder. More recently, I’ve
been listening to your podcast.
Favorite memory? Learning that the animation industry was using Linux
heavily for their 3D rendering farms in an LJ article many years ago. It
was rewarding to think my kids benefited from Linux in a very direct and
First distro? Red Hat Linux v4. I knew folks who were using Yggdrasil
Linux and Slackware, but I wasn’t able to buy a computer until later when
Red Hat rose in popularity. I still remember my surprise when Ted Ts’o
(kernel developer) replied to a modem driver question I posted.
I stuck with Red Hat Linux until they phased it out with Red Hat Enterprise
Linux and before they got Fedora stable. I moved to Mandrake until it
changed owners and changed its name to Mandriva. I then tried SuSE for a
bit, but eventually got hooked on Kubuntu until the KDE 4 disaster. Then
it was onto Ubuntu until they went with Unity. I’ve been on Linux Mint
I’m one of the founding members of the Romanian
Linux Users Group (RLUG).
I’ve been using Linux since ~1995, first as a hobby, then as a
professional. The first
distribution I used was Slackware, installed from (a backpack with) 30 floppy
I’ve been a subscriber since around 2000–2001. I keep my Linux
because it makes me zen.
I’ve been a subscriber 20+ years for access to Linux-related howtos.
My favorite Linux memory is powering up X11 on Yggdrasil on my
My first distro was TAMU in 1992.
See an article I wrote for LJ here.
I have been a subscriber since September 2017
(having the issues paid until the December 2020).
I have subscribed to LJ because it is an old and really relevant part of
the GNU/Linux history. I have read articles on the website and decided to
give it a try.
I was very upset when Linux Journal cancelled the publications, and
immediately bought the archive to help LJ to survive. But that was the
first step to the best memories, as the journal is alive again, and that is
wonderful. Long live the king! And realizing Dave Taylor is “our guy” as
well, I really appreciate his work on DooM.
I tried Kubuntu in 2010, and it was my first distribution and a step away
from Windows XP. Without a doubt, it was the cool step. I have tried some
other distributions like OpenSuse, Fedora, Arch and different *buntu
flavors, but I still stay with pure and stable Debian at home and
Debian/CentOS for my own needs on the VPS.
I would like to thank you for sharing the knowledge, the passion to the FLOSS
community, to all that we have now. No one would conquer the mountain
without a movement, and as far as we know, the world without borders and
walls hardly needs Windows and Gates. But we can forgive them everything
and live our own lives.
I been a subscriber
from the second issue, only because I did not find out in time to subscribe
first, although I did manage to did get a loose-leaf photocopied back
issue of it. I
also subscribed to the all too short lived Embedded Linux
being an old
hardware/software guy (in that order) is still one of my main interests in
I subscribe for the Quality and diversity of the articles. There has always been at least one
and usually more than one, that I find interesting or useful. And they
have always been well written.
My favorite LJ memory
is when I read my email that said Linux Journal was back from the dead!
My first distro was Linux Systems Laboratory Linux release 0.99 on about 60
3 1/2″ double-sided/double-density floppy disks.
I’ve been a subscriber for
about 10 years because Linux rocks!
My favorite memory was the first appearances of lightweight
virtualization and Docker.
First distro was Slackware.
Chris “Trip” Artrip
I have been a subscriber for approximately 11 years. I subscribe for the
insightful “How-to” articles on various Linux-based software solutions as
well as for Kyle Rankin’s command-line articles.
My favorite memories from Linux Journal were the video introductions by
Shawn Powers. His enthusiasm and passion in those short videos made me want
to dig into each issue that much quicker.
My first experience with Linux was with S.u.S.E. and Red Hat in 1997. The
first distribution I installed to a personal machine for my own use was
Mandrake in 1999. I currently have Linux Mint installed on a home laptop
and a home desktop.
I’ve been reading LJ off and on for many years.
I honestly don’t recall how far back my mags went, but I converted to a cd
copy and tossed them. It’s the info that is important to me. I have enjoyed
the columns about BASH, various things folks have done with Linux (web
servers, camera apps, games, databases, etc.) and the op-ed pieces. Overall,
there is nothing about LJ that I have taken exception with. Different
opinions sure. But layout, goals, presentation have been just great. I’ve
been playing with this stuff since Slackware 0.99pl14, installed via gravis
sound card as the cdrom interface for a sony cd reader on a gateway 486
computer. I kept the turbo boost toggled on for kicks. I had to hand-patch
the interrupts for the internal modem because it was not keeping the
update. After a month or so, I dumped the internal for an external. That was
the last desktop computer I bought. I have built everything since.
I’ve been a subscriber for about 14 years.
I have always believed that Linux is an operating
system that will be here to stay. As an IT professional, I need to keep up
to date on what goes on in the operating system arena. Linux
Journal is my
go-to magazine for that information on Linux.
I enjoy getting to go through every page
each month, reading the articles that peak my interest and trying out the
new things that I learned from the magazine.
First distro was Red Hat 5.0.
I’ve been a subscriber for two months. It was a gift from my wife at
I moved from Mac to Linux in 2018. New to Linux, I’m a sponge for
My first distro was PopOS!
I’ve subscribed since 1995 because
I love Linux. My
favorite LJ memory is building a virtual juke box.
First distro was Slackware.
The first Issue I remember was November 1994, and Samba was the topic. I have
been a longtime UNIX user/administrator and wanted to find out more about
this Linux thing, so I grabbed an old machine and about 2 million floppy
disks from Slackware,
and after an awful long time, BAM! I had my very own Linux box. I felt
very much at home with it coming from UNIX. Then came getting the GUI to
work, mode lines and a few hundred obscure settings later, I had X up and
running. Then getting it to talk with the hated enemy, Windows! The
excitement for me was to be able to rip into the guts and poke all the
corners. Tune that baby to a fare thee well. Great fun, and of course I
could do it all better than anyone else—NOT, but I tried.
Thanks for a great rag.
Wesley J. Wieland
I’ve been a subscriber for about 5 years, with an interruption in there
I enjoy the articles, find them pertinent and interesting as
well as informative. LJ often leads me to a tool or a configuration
setting that improves my knowledge.
Favorite LJ memory: I emailed an article author who was covering Nextcloud
setup and usage. He replied in a timely way and was encouraging, seeming
to take my input positively. I really appreciated that.
First distribution: I don’t recall the actual “version”. It was pre-v1.0
and came in a tarball, which broke out to about 80 3.5″ floppy disks. It took
me a whole morning to load it on a 386SX. Getting X up and running took
another half a day. I suppose that if one insisted on an actual
“distribution”, it was I believe Red Hat. Later on it was Mandrake, then onto
SUSE, and some others for short times. I like any Debian-based distro for
the most part. But whatever it is, it has to be able to run Enlightenment.
That is my one irrational requirement.
I have been a subscriber since at least 2006, and I have many back issues
stacked up in my basement that I plan to look through “one day”. I started
using FreeBSD back in 1997 when a friend gave me a copy on 3.5 inch
floppies, including X-windows on about 30 disks. Getting a CD reader
was a great advance a couple years later. I switched to Linux quite
soon after, but I don’t remember which distribution. Mint is my favorite distro
at the moment, and I have tried many others using VirtualBox.
I enjoy Linux Journal for its in-depth articles on many topics, although I
am a bit out of my depth sometimes. I retired in 2006, when I was the open
source advocate for a Canadian government department.
The July 2006 issue got me interested in Ruby and Ruby on Rails, which
were new to me. Ruby is a interesting alternative to Python, which I was
using quite heavily at the time. The same issue had an excellent article on
OpenSSL, which I read thoroughly.
My name is Chris Rheinherren and I’ve been a subscriber of Linux
for at least 5 years if not a few more beyond that. I got interested in
Linux and was looking around for a magazine, and tried a few of them but
prefer Linux Journal as a professional magazine.
I first started out with Simply Mepis and later moved on to Fedora and
Ubuntu. I currently use Ubuntu almost exclusively. I have written a couple
articles for Full Circle magazine, a community-based magazine for Ubuntu
I own and operate a small IRC network that uses Linux servers and manage
several websites as well.
I’ve been a subscriber for 21 years.
I was a UNIX system
programmer and found that Linux was a cheap way to run a UNIX-like system in
my home lab. Linux Journal was a very good way of keeping up with what
was happening on the platform.
I think the fact the journal is
back publishing again is my “favorite memory”.
I think my first distro was the Caldera Desktop Distribution from the mid-1990s.
Frank L. Palmeri
I’ve been a subscriber for 10 years.
Linux Journal is the most reliable source of
information on the world’s best operating system.
My favorite memory is the very creative Tux photos that used
to be submitted. Tux often found himself in some very strange places.
First distro was Ubuntu.
Congratulations on 25 years of Linux Journal! That’s quite an
and I’m very lucky to have been around for a good chunk of it. So many
great articles over all these years. Really great when it used to be on the
newstand as well, and I still miss that, but I know time marches on. Keep
up the great work for the next 25 years.
I don’t remember how long I’ve been a subscriber to Linux Journal, but I
know it was pretty early in its history. Maybe 1995 or so.
I am a longtime Linux user. I started with Linux in 1993. I was a “power”
MS-DOS user at the time, but frequently used the UNIX computer labs in the
computer science department, especially to write data analysis programs for
my physics labs. I wanted the same power on my PC at home. I asked around
on the Usenet newsgroups and someone recommended this new thing called
“Linux”. It was free and I could run it on my ‘386 computer. I paid someone
to mail me a stack of 3 1/2-inch floppies with the Softlanding Linux
System (SLS) distribution installer. At the time, SLS advertised itself as
a “Gentle Touchdowns for DOS Bailouts” and it certainly was easy enough for
That was my first introduction to Linux. Linux was still pretty rough; we
didn’t have kernel modules in the pre-1.0 days. If you wanted to add
support for a sound card or floppy tape drive, you had to compile a custom
kernel. But it was enough for me. I was immediately hooked. I’m still
running Linux (Fedora 29) and loving it.
I have written or contributed to dozens of open-source software programs
since the 1990s, but the one I’ll be known for is FreeDOS, a free software/open source software implementation of DOS. And it’s interesting to note
that FreeDOS would not have happened without Linux. In 1994, when it seemed
certain Microsoft would stop developing MS-DOS, I thought, “If people could
come together to create a free version of UNIX (Linux), I’m sure we could do
the same with DOS (FreeDOS).” And that’s what happened. It was because of
Linux’s success that I decided to start FreeDOS.
I’ve been a subscriber since fall 2001. I subscribe to Linux
support the community that supports Open Source. My favorite Linux
memory is seeing an article written by a fellow graduate of Grafton (North
Dakota) High School. My first distribution was a flavor of Slackware…I
think I still have the CDs it came on.
Best regards and keep up the good fight.
Jesse A Lambertson
I’ve been a subscriber for
three years I believe (since
before the current version of LJ).
I am a life-long learner and
computers, OS and FOSS, alternatives, are part of that learning.
I think the long Kyle Rankin write-up
of Qubes was pretty fantastic.
Before I installed (wiping
Windows for good) and used my current two Ubuntu variations, I installed
Debian as my default on a desktop and a couple virtual machines before
I’m from Chicago, and I’ve been a Linux Journal subscriber
for over a decade now. I love the topics covered therein, along with
useful tips, ideas and tech trends covered by the writers of Linux
Journal. One of my favorite memories related to Linux
Journal is actually
the “Open Video to HP” by Shawn Powers, after he found out that HP blindly
endorsed Windows Vista for its lightweight netbook for educational
purposes. I am proud to continue supporting Linux Journal and their work.
I’ve been a continuous subscriber since the first issue, with two subscriptions
(work and home) during the print era.
I subscribe to keep up with Linux developments, necessary for a Linux
My first distro was Yggdrasil.
I have been a reader and subscriber for 10+ years!
I subscribe because it is the most useful and unbiased publication on
Linux and technology in the world.
My favorite memory is when LJL rose from the proverbial grave to
My first distribution was Red Hat 7 (pre-RHEL, Centos and Fedora), and my
first UNIX was AT&T Unix 1.0
I’ve been a SysAdmin/DevOps engineer for almost 30 years and a “button
pusher” since about age 5.
Attached is a picture of me performing at a concert for “Concord (CA) Night
I’ve been a subscriber since about early 2003.
I started following Linux Journal during the SCO fiasco, where SCO sued
various vendors claiming code had been taken from Unix System V. You
might recall I posted a letter denying such taking, when I was VP of
Engineering at then SGI. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCO%E2%80%93SGI_code_dispute_of_2003.
I don’t see that my letter itself was captured by wikipedia, so I attach a
Linux Journal has always been a great reference for industry information,
as well as technical information!
Regarding my favorite memory, I am not certain that LJ published responses
to my letter, but in general, I remember a very big outpouring of support
from the Linux community for our defense of Linux against SCO. I remember
being very happy to see such support!
I’ve been a subscriber
for 18 years, minus a five-month
hiatus when you went 100% digital and it seemed outrageous to me at the
time. Now, of course, it’d feel 10x more outrageous if you were to switch
back to paper.
I would highlight that the articles
are not just all technical info but also have a bit of a personal touch,
where the authors show you all the journey, not only the right solution but
also how they got there and what they got wrong along the way.
What’s my favorite LJ memory? Well of course the resurrection in 2018 was
pure joy. I appreciated a lot your fight to get the magazine going again.
I first used Slackware circa
1998, and SuSE 6.2 is the first I ever purchased.
I wish you lot of subscribers, and I wish us, readers, great time while
reading your articles.
I’ve been a subscriber for three months,
because I love Linux, libre software, and I wish to support this amazing
magazine that brings tons of valuable information.
My first distro was Mandrake FiveStar around year 2004, which my father
bought for $25 USD in
a pack with user manual. I was only 13, and the installation was not easy
for me even though that user manual was translated to my language (Czech).
Everything was done by the method of trial and error. No C:, command line and no
games—well I was a kid, so I did not understand why would anybody use
this thing. I was a slave of Microsloth during my teen years because of
games. Linux has been my main OS for more than 5 years now, and I would not
I’ve subscribed since about 2004.
It is all a rollicking good read. Doc Searls is always compulsive reading.
My first distro was one of the early Red Hats.
My favourite memory of using Linux was in 1997. I was working, in those
days, at one of the five technical colleges in Oman. In those days we had
Red Hat Linux 5.0, and my IT department had been using it for some time as
the departmental file server for our Windows 95 clients in the computer
labs and our staff rooms.
Our ministry issued all five of the colleges with a shiny new PC with NT
server on it to run the [email protected]~Ys network. For some reason, our
college’s NT server was the last to arrive. It came a long time after the
other colleges had theirs, and by then I’d heard the reports of how bad it
was and of how it broke down all the time. I remember how we installed the
new kit in our server room but didn’t connect it to anything. Instead, we
connected the other two departments to our existing Linux server and just
kept quiet about it.
I remember how, for years, the unreliability of those NT servers was a
matter of ongoing controversy at the weekly deans’ meetings. The acting dean
of our college, who was also head of business studies, always reported how,
to his firsthand knowledge, the NT server at our college was always
working fine and had never given a single problem.
To the four other deans, our college was a source of bewilderment. We never
came clean about it.
I’ve been a subscriber since around 1999.
Favorite memory is Marcel Gangé starting an article saying “Bonjour mes amis”
My first distro was SuSE, and nowadays it’s OpenSuse Leap.
I think I have subscribed since your
LJ has fact-filled information on my
favorite operating system, and it’s a testament to the power of open
My favorite LJ memory is helping to port several hundred
thousand lines of FORTRAN code over to GNU from an SGI Challenge and
IRIX OS, thus saving the government a bundle of $$$, all with the
help of LJ articles and the Linux community.
First distro was [email protected] ’92, and I still have the floppy. Keep up the good work
folks! and thanks for being there.
I think I subscribed at the very outset, around 25 years ago anyway. I
subscribed because I had downloaded one of the 0.9x releases of Linux back
in whenever that was (1991?). A friend and I downloaded it onto floppy
discs. I did the odd-numbered disks and he did the even-numbered ones. I
can’t remember how many nights it took us with 1200 baud modems. The
excitement of finally booting up a UNIX system on my PC was incredible.
When I proudly showed my wife the command line, she said “So?”
Undaunted, we downloaded the X distribution the same way. Around 1994 I
started working at a new firm and was really eager to insinuate Linux into
their systems. At the time they were using various services for email, but
mostly CompuServe. Without really asking for permission, I set up a Linux
mail server on a little machine with 8meg of memory that was lying around
unused and then announced to them that they had corporate email. I did the
same with their web server—they didn’t know they needed a web server.
By the time I left that company, Microsoft Exchange had replaced the Linux
email server, but nearly all their mission-critical systems were running on
Linux in the background. Linux was bullet-proof. We had machines that ran
for years under heavy loads with nary a crash.
Those were exciting days. We felt, somewhat arrogantly, that we could do
anything and just about anything we did seemed like magic. Linux and open
source made it happen.
Valerio Di Giampietro
I subscribed, for the first time, in 1994 starting with the third
In 1994 Linux Journal was the only magazine dedicated to Linux that
was still a hobby project of Linus Torvalds. Today it’s still a pleasure to
read a magazine for Linux enthusiasts.
I still remember an interview with some Google engineers (or maybe founders?) on why they choose Linux for their new search engine. At the
time, they had 2,000 Linux servers.
I installed Linux for the first time in May 1993, and I used the most
popular distribution available at the time, it was SLS (Softlanding Linux
I’ve been a subscriber for 2 years.
I get great information bits and
outlooks that I apply to my current skills and tools.
My favorite memory is when LJ announced
they were coming back from the shutdown of the publication.
I’ve been a subscriber roughly one year.
I subscribe to Linux Journal for the superb articles offered in
My favorite memory of LJ,/em> is the 1994 to 2018 download of each magazine over
The first Linux distribution that I used was Red Hat, back in 1995.
It is great that you are celebrating 25 years of Linux Journal. Happy 25th
And thank you for being there for the last 25 years.
I have been a Linux Journal,/em> subscriber for
20+ years I think.
Earlier in my career, I had to develop a Linux system from scratch. Every
package (I don’t think there
were packages and package managers then) had to be chosen carefully and
optimized to fit into the
limited space we had for an embedded system. While searching the
newsstands (yes, we had
magazines back then), I came across a copy of Linux Journal and found the
I decided to subscribe mostly out of curiosity. I had started with Linux
1.0 that came on a couple floppy disks. I forget the name of the company
that built that.
Just by sheer luck, there was an article about building a Linux system from
scratch that was published not too long after I started my subscription.
That helped me tremendously in my project, and I wrote to the author thanking
him profusely. I have been a subscriber ever since.
I believe that for any open source publication to survive, we all need to
support it. It is also a forum for all
of us to share our experiences and help others so that they don’t have to
re-invent the wheel. The knowledge
that we gain from others is invaluable. I also see this as a way for the
Linux and Open Source community
to connect with each other, and together we can make it better for everyone.
Wishing Linux Journal the very best and hope that it will be there for the
generations to come.
Ralph D. Jenson
I’ve been a subscriber since 1992, I think. I was working at Cray Research,
Inc., at the time and was very interested in a “Unix” that I wouldn’t have to
use my company’s licenses/clout to have at home. That was when the Linux
kernel was .02 or so I think. I remember doing ftp.funet.fi ftps several
times, but the kernel was much smaller then. I saw an announcement about
Linux Journal (on USENet?) and agreed with the comment about needing a
respected journal to help further the cause of Linux, so I subscribed. I
have many memories about LJ over the ages. One of my fav’s was when Dave
Taylor wrote his first column. I was like “Hey, isn’t that the guy from HP
I’ve traded emails with about ELM?” So that brought back some memories of
my early days transitioning from being a IC designer to more of a
software/OS-focused systems person.
Glad you folks have survived! I was greatly saddened when you announced you
were closing the doors.
Eduardo Díz Comellas
I’m Eduardo Díaz Comellas, writing from Galicia, in the NW of Spai. I’ve
been subscriber of LJ for a long long time, so much I can’t remember. Maybe
it was in 1996 or 1997. Purchasing LJ in Spain was a big deal, as shipping
was more expensive than the magazine itself! I loved those first days of
Linux, and LJ was great part of the joy. I discovered myself month after
month reading in LJ exactly the topics I was investigating those days. I
even thought that LJ had mind-reading skills.
I’ve always loved the mix of levels in LJ. Some articles for starters,
others very specific and advanced…and always interesting. Perl
programming, sysadmin stuff—great fun. When, some years after, I started
my own consulting business, my LJ was available for all the IT staff.
For 25 more years to come! Cheers!
I’m pretty certain we started
in the late 1990s.
Why do I subscribe to Linux Journal? Nostalgia! No, not
just in case another “editor wars” kicks off—I love a good editor war.
Seriously, it’s because there is so much going on in the Linux
community now that I think you need some sort of aggregator to fish out
what is important, do a bit of horizon scanning, etc.
My favorite memory is seeing the org-mode article in LJ. I used
org-mode to run my life for nearly 8 years, and it was great to see someone
else raving about it. Of course, I’ve moved back to vim now. Fickle.
Our NHS laboratory used our
first UNIX distro (CTIX from Convergent Technology) on a CT Miniframe we
bought in 1986/7, and it came with CT’s version of System V.2 as I recall.
It also came with a set of system 5 manuals in hard copy format in ring
binders. I spent many a happy evening learning about awk, sed, ls, vi, etc.
When we retired it, we donated it to the Swansea University Computing club, and
Alan Cox and someone else (apologies for not remembering your name) came
along to pick it up and gave me a bottle of wine! He asked why we had just
bought a sun Sparc II and around 6 Sparc workstations instead of generic
80386 machines running Linux! I think that was the first I had heard of
Linux. My first Linux distro was Slackware in around 1993/4. I remember
shuffling dozens of floppy disks in and out of my newly bought home
computer. In the lab, 6 years later, we retired the Suns and moved lock
stock and barrel to Linux (Red Hat, Suse and then Ubuntu).
I’ve been a subscriber for about 4-5 years. I run with my co-founder a
software company in the Investigations industry that runs on an open-source
stack—Spring/Emberjs/Hibernate—mostly deploying to Postgresql.
I think LJ has useful information and is a great way for the Linux community to
communicate. As a business, we pick up some useful tips and have contacted
some of the advertisers regarding their products also.
I have enjoyed hearing about the internal going ons of the kernal
community. I wish I could help those efforts, but we work in the JS/Java
LOL. My first distro was Mandrake. Don’t shoot me.
I’m a longtime subscriber.
I subscribed since issue 2 after scoring the first issue as a door prize at the
first meeting of the Sydney Linux users group!
I still subscribe because the magazine still highlights modules, libraries
or programs that fall under the radar on web searches or current awareness.
My first distribution was SLS. Then Slackware on 50 f
My favorite memory is being able to use Linux at work to replace an IBM power aix box. This
depended on GNU FORTRAN becoming available. Then being able to write a
Python program on a Linux system for autologging an echo sounder and GPS data
with real-time echo trace running on a weather-proof laptop!
I have been a Linux Journal reader/subscriber for many many years, ever
since I first came across Linux Journal (in print) 25 years ago.
I live and work in Aberdeen Scotland.
I have been a fan of Linux since 1993/1994 when I first installed Yggdrasil
Linux, eventually moving to SLS linux and then on to Red Hat and Fedora.
I used Linux as my desktop system until I was forced from a work
perspective to move to Windows 7 years ago; however, I have used Linux
continuously for the last 25 years.
I am still running a number of servers on DigitalOcean and supporting
solutions on a number of others for customers, with solutions that have
been running for 15+ years.
I have tried to be an advocate of Linux solutions over the years,
explaining the virtues and benefits of using Linux, and Linux
instrumental in providing backup and examples of what they could do.
Over the years there have so many good articles in Linux Journal that it is
impossible to pick just one, I only hope that you continue to keep up the
good work and continue the high standard that you have delivered in the
I have been lucky to have used Linux over the past 25 years, and at some
point I would like to be able to contribute something back to the Linux
community. Time and pressure of work has meant that I have not been able to do
this so far.
Please keep up the good work and I will continue to be a subscriber.
I am really glad to celebrate with you.
I’ve been a subscriber since January 2006 (issue #141).
I subscribe because an engineer must know a broad spectrum of tools
to be able to choose the proper one.
My favorite LJ memory is how I could follow an interesting period of web development between 2005
and 2010 with Reuven’s great articles.
My first distro was Mandrake Linux 7.0 in 2000.
I’m a subcriber since the very first issue (I’ve attached a picture of
a stack of print issues with the first issue on top).
I started using Linux from kernel version 0.99p15, installed using 3
Slackware floppy drives. Being over the moon with my personal UNIX
system which meant I could use a similar system at home as the SunOS on
68k processor I used at work, I wanted to know everything about Linux.
When Linux Journal was announced, I did not hesitate to subscribe.
Laurent ‘Lol’ Zimmerli
I’ve been a subscriber
since September 2003.
I read a few Linux publications and LJ was the best in my opinion.
My favorite LJ memory is the day I learned LJ was coming back! I was very sad to see it disappear a
few weeks before.
My first distro was Red Hat 3 ‘Picasso’, installed with (damn) floppies!
I’m not sure what you records show…I think I started a
subscription as soon as I found your publication existed.
Starting an ISP, I was reading
as many O’Reilly books with animals on the cover as I could…along with
I self-taught myself Linux (after previously cutting my teeth with SunOS on
SPARC stations. I wanted to understand as much as I could about Linux
applications, development and what the trends in the Open Source community
are. I enjoy reading how Linux can be used with other open source systems to
help our company.
I have lots of LJ memories, but the only one that I can
think of now is the fun articles by Marcel with the food metaphors.
My first distro was Slackware 2.3 running
Linux kernel 1.2.8. I used a Micron Pentium 133 workstation to run
sendmail, named, ftp, apache, RADIUS and pppd to provide dialup service
with 8 US Robotics Courier V. Everything modems direct connected on a
Comtrol RocketPort RS-232 for our rural dialup ISP.
I can’t remember how long I’ve been a subscriber, but it’s been a
while—maybe close to 20
years on and off (you’d have to look at your records…lol). I can remember
asking my local newsstand operator (Le Signet in Hawkesbury,
Ontario—”Signet” is the French word for “Bookmark”—they still operate today) if
they would ever carry this obscure magazine called Linux Journal. I used
to buy single magazines at first until I subscribed a few years later.
I subscribed because it was the only way to get good information
about Linux. Back then, the internet was not what it is today. Getting to
read what other people were doing was great. It’s still a great resource
My favorite LJ memory is receiving my first issue in the mail.
Seems so long ago, but it was
great. I would get my very own Linux Journal every month! What could be
better. For some reason, I remember setting up a lot of things using
articles from Linux Journal. I remember setting up KDE, diald (who uses
that anymore! And Samba, distcc.
My first distribution was a Slackware (or at least I think it was—I
remember a version of 0.99pl17 for the kernel, but don’t quote me on the
number), installed from floppy images that I had downloaded over the
course of a month because the BBS I was downloading it from had daily
maximums, and the disk image were rapidly eating at that “quota”. I guess
for free, I couldn’t expect much more than that. I was in college back
and money was always in short supply. Making all those floppy images was a
painful process. Installing proved a challenge because I would get through
most of the disks only to get one bad disk near the end and have to redo
the disk image. Ah, the memories. I remember buying my first Linux
distribution on a trip to Quebec City over the holidays in 1994 while
visiting my dad’s family. I recall the CDs being in a red multi-cd case
but can’t remember the name of the company making it. Could be Walnut
Creek but I’m not sure. It was a Slackware, of that I’m sure. I was so
anxious to go back home because at my grandfather’s house, there was no
computer at all. When I got home (the four hour drive was a long one!!), I
was so nervous creating the the boot and the root disks. Booting from CD
wasn’t big back then. Picking the right root and boot disk with the correct
driver for whatever CD-ROM drive I had—I had this obscure drive that
hooked up directly to a SoundBlaster card. Just the fact that this Linux
distribution was multi-user was fascinating to me. I was used to the DOS
and Windows where multitasking wasn’t exactly huge.
Me again. I found which Linux distribution I bought first: It was a
Slackware 4-CD set from InfoMagic – Google helped me ;-). It wasn’t Walnut
Creek as I originally stated. You guys are really taking me down memory
lane on this one.
Stephen Brown aka digilink
I’ve been a subscriber for
10+ years because I learn a lot from the articles!
Being an avid amateur radio operator, I
was thrilled to see issue 189/January 2010.
First distro ever was
Slackware in 1997.
Christopher N Angulo-Bertram
I’ve been a subscriber for
at least 2
to gain insight into Linux and
My first Linux distro was
I would like to let people know that my company Angbert Enterprises is
working to get more SMBs to move to Linux not only on the server, but on
the desktop. I believe, having been a systems engineer for some large
corporations, that 90% of all users in a company could easily be moved to a
Linux desktop, with no learning curve. The other 10% are because of
strange proprietary applications that need special work to make them work
on Linux, such as using Wine, Virtual Machines, or actually still needing a
I’m not sure why LJ would want to feature me because, quite frankly, my
skill level in Linux looks to be well below that of the reader that
intended for. I agreed to be on the editorial board of the journal in the
hope that I could help with comments and suggestions. I’m happy to continue
being on the board and receiving editions of LJ to read and review, but I
really don’t think I fit the profile of your regular readers. At any rate,
that is for you to decide, so here are my answers to your questions.
I’ve been a subscriber for one year. I enjoy reading anything about Linux that I can learn from, and/or those
that inspire me to continue to use Linux and develop my Linux skills. In my
case, even as a non-sophisticated Linux user, there are always articles in
LJ that do this for me.
My favorite LJ memory is
the Privacy issue (May 2018). This is something I am concerned about,
and the issue was well covered in the featured articles in the May 2018
SuSE 6.5 was my first distro. I bought it as a boxed set about 20 years ago, just to try this
strange operating system called Linux on my Macintosh PowerPC. It was
interesting to try, but didn’t have much of the kind of software I
regularly used to keep me interested. But it planted the idea of using Linux
in the back of my head until 2010, when I was ready to try Linux again in
the form of Ubuntu. I am now a fully converted Mac user, and I use mainly
Ubuntu and Mint on Mac computers.
I am a member of a Linux user group in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. It’s
great that we have such a group in a city this small!
I think I’ve been a subscriber from the
I subscribe for the great tips and articles on Linux
My favorite LJ memory is the first annual disk of The Whole Year.
My first distro was Debian.
P.S. my student Warren Togami proposed an ICS499 Directed Studies project
to me a while back to create a district called Fedora…I had trouble
believing he could get it done in a single semester. It actually needed the
summer to get rolling in addition to the original semester.
P.P.S. I also run mirror.ancl.hawaii.edu.
I’ve subscribed off and on since 1995. Mostly on.
Love the regular columnists (e.g., Kyle, Dave, Reuven,…), the kernel
gossip and the themed issues.
Getting a bunch of free LJs at an SF conference and turning my geek friends
onto LJ is my favorite LJ memory.
I tried to get Yggdrasil Linux running in 1994, but it wasn’t until Slackware
3.0 in 1995 that I finally got a Linux distribution working.
I’ve been a subscriber for 20+ years.
I subscribe to Linux Journal
for the education. I always learn something new.
The issue about Asterisk sticks in my
mind. I liked the idea of beating the phone companies. It felt liberating.
I think SUSE was my first distro,
but then it was Red Hat, and then for long time it was Gentoo. Now it’s
Steve Langer, PhD Physics
I’ve been a subscriber since late 1994.
Why: tech content from areas I’m not an expert in.
Favorite memory: meeting Phil and Carlie at a UW-Seattle event around late
First distro: Tamu followed quickly by Slackware (Spring 1994).
What a terrific way to celebrate LJ and the community that it spawned!
I have bought or
subscribed to LJ since 1995.
Initially, I subscribed for the
community, both the insights offered and the new knowledge conveyed.
Nowadays, I subscribe simply to support LJ‘s continued publication!
My favorite LJ memory is back in the day, searching bookstores,
waiting for the latest supply-constrained edition to appear, hoping it
would not sell out before I found my copy.
My first distro was Slackware circa mid-1994
for home use. Debian circa late-1995 on an IBM RS/6000 for a work-related
project, that I recall was fun torture!
I’ve had a subscription since 1997, and I’ve located, scanned and
attached your renewal letter (not email) from April 1998. I
discovered your magazine and the similarly ancient German
Linux-Magazin at the same time in a bookstore that targeted students
of CS and other technical topics. Back then, the internet wasn’t what it
is today, and Linux information was rare. So after getting and reading
and applying a couple copies of both magazines, I sent out my
Why do I read LJ? Well, basically comes down to a different question
of “why do I use Linux?” It all started in ca. 1994 when I was
frustrated with the comfort of TeXShell (a Turbo-Pascal-like integrated
editor for LaTeX). At the university we had HP-UX workstations that
could display Emacs, shell and xdvi windows on the same screen! The
MS-DOS experience was laughable, in comparison. One of my friends then
helped me install Slackware from 5.25″ floppies and configure XFree86,
and there you go: Emacs, shell, xdvi on my private PC. I later moved to
Red Hat and SuSE Linux, much later Kubuntu.
Since then, my relationship with Linux was transformed many times. I
wrote some Linux and KDE books. In 2000, I was hired as an editor for
a Linux publication. In 2008, I started teaching Linux (and operating
system principles) at a university as a freelance lecturer. I wanted
to do that professionally, so I had to go back to university to get
my PhD (which I did via implementing and documenting ULIX, a teaching
operating system loosely based on UNIX). Today I am a computer science
professor with operating systems as my main teaching topic; just right
now, I’m working on a Docker-based network computing lab for an advanced
server administration course. So…I got here because of Linux. Would
things have gone very differently if there was no Linux? I don’t know.
I sure was on an interesting track already, being a CS student in the
early 90s. But becoming a writer and a lecturer and a professor in a
world where all accessible machines run Windows? I am not so sure. So
Linux surely helped a lot. And having access to good documentation
helped, too. Which is why I was, am and will remain an LJ subscriber.
What was my best LJ moment? I cannot name a specific issue or
since I’ve just been reading too much in the last years, but I guess my
best moment was when you said that publication would resume after I
already thought you gone for good in December 2017. I’ve had to say
good-bye to too many magazines (including my own: from 2000 to 2018
I was the editor of EasyLinux magazine, which was discontinued half a
year ago and won’t come back from the dead). So I wish you all the best
and another 25 years or more—happy birthday!
I’ve been a subscriber for two years.
Linux Journal has been a great source of information throughout my career,
and so I wanted to give a little back. The breadth of topics satisfies both
my work and play inner-geek.
My favourite LJ memory is
learning that LJ got enough support from the community to keep doing what
they do best.
My first Linux-based distro would be Mint, but I was using FreeBSD in university long
before then if we’re talking *nix.
I have subscribed since 1995, when I met one of
the original publishers, Phil Hughes, at a Digital Equipment Users Group
Symposium (DECUS) in Washington, DC, at the ice cream social. The bad memory
of that conference was the first lunch served gave everyone who ate it food
poisoning. The best memory was seeing Linus Torvalds speak and meeting him.
I had annoyed Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall about DEC Ultrix print drivers so
many times that he remembered me on the elevator at the hotel. On the
elevator, I told Jon I was planning on going to the panel discussion with
Linus Torvalds instead of the OpenVMS story night (I was a VAX/VMS sysadmin at the time). Jon was concerned how many would show up, but he also
told me that afterward a group was taking Linus to the a local brew pub and
that I could come along and join them if I came. I attended the panel
discussion and then headed with the group over to the brew pub. When all
was said and done, as Linus was leaving, I screamed out “Good bye. We
love famous people.” I was several beers in at that point. Good times.
My first full distribution installed on a personal system was Linux Mint,
though I had been logging into various systems in my work life since 1995.
I think I have subscribed to Linux Journal for as long as I have as there
was always an article or column that applied to something I was doing, even
if what I was doing was not Linux-specific.
I’ve been a subscriber for one year,
but I had been picking up regularly from my local
bookstore for years and following the site.
You’ve always been a source for some of the most interesting
articles, often on things I didn’t realize I’d need to know.
Memory: I brought a copy to a LUG and was able to help out someone.
First distro: Slackware, TBH before that I was FreeBSD, but slowly then
made it to RH (before Fedora) and Debian.
I started subscribing
around ’97 or ’98
to keep up with developments in
Linux and to support the magazine that supports Linux.
My favorite LJ memory is early on, getting each new issue and
feeling connected to the community.
First distro was Slackware.
I’ve been a subscriber since: unknown.
The earliest physical issue I still have is
Issue #120 2004 (April), but I know I have been a subscriber for quite a bit
Why? Because Linux Journal will present me with things to look
into that I
wouldn’t have normally stumbled upon on my own and interesting uses for
other things Linux-related.
First distribution I used is unknown. It was what was installed
on one of our servers at work. First distribution I installed, and used
personally, was Yggdrasil Linux.
I’ve been a subscriber
since the first or
second year of the paper magazine.
I subscribe for the good writing, good information, and for introducing me to Linux things I didn’t
know about or never expected to actually work.
My favority memory is hard to say, but Shawn’s article on hacking a cheap Android phone to
make it become a mini-WiFi tablet ended up being very useful.
Red Hat 2 was my first distro. You bought the book that included a CDROM with the system,
then you struggled with getting Slip or PPP working with your modem and ISP
to download updates.
I’ve been a subscriber since
the beginning. I
still have issue #1 around the house somewhere. Got it at work where there
was a small group of Linux users.
I like the community, learning
about new stuff and articles on building skills or knowledge that I don’t
There have been quite a few times where
the content was very timely and helped me out personally or at work. I
think the most memorable is the split from printed format—honestly at that
point I thought it was the end, but LJ is still here going strong.
I used SLS in the
beginning. It came, as I recall, in a ~35 Mb tar file. I had to download
that at work where there was a fast internet, then split the tarball into
sections that would fit on floppy disk so that I could get them home. It
was quite a process over a week or so to get it all downloaded, split,
re-assembled and untarred so I could begin install the process. It was all
worth it once I had it running on a 16 mhz 386.
I always look forward to the new issue, keep up the great work!
I started reading in August 1995 and subscribed shortly after that.
I was just getting into Linux and was very excited to see that there were
others like me. I loved the articles and look forward to reading them,
even to this day.
There are so many good memories of LJ, but I have to say that I really
looked forward to the hardware editions. This helped me find good
combinations of hardware to use to build really great machines. I have to
say that I really miss the printed magazine as well. I just loved being
able to physically flip through and bookmark magazines. LJ was definitely
My first distro was Slackware that I was able to buy at Microcenter on CD.
Jose Manuel Garcia Sanchez
I’ve been a subscriber since
I subscribe for the Linux topics. I’m
from Spain, and in 1998, Linux was taking its first steps in my country.
My favorite LJ memory is opening my mailbox and finding the magazine
(a physical mailbox, of course).
First distro was Slackware 3.2.
I’ve been a subscriber only for a couple of months! I’ve followed
Linux Journal for years, but
I never subscribed, which I regret!
I’ve followed Doc Searls for years, so when I heard from him that Linux
Journal was folding, then later that it would continue as an example of
how to treat subscribers with respect, I immediately subscribed!
LJ has already been useful to me as I dived back into Linux recently:
Doc’s recent article “Where There’s No Distance or Gravity” really knocked it
out of the park for me.
In 1997 I set up a web site on my home server running Red Hat. It was
quickly hacked! It’s now on a hosted server:
I’ve been a subscriber for less than one year.
It’s a brilliant source of news and articles about free software
My favorite LJ memory is Doc Searls at #freenode live 2018.
My first distro was Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.
I’ve subscribed on and off for 20 years (or so)—off the shelf as
often as a subscription.
Early on I subscribed because of a broad desire to devour all things
GNU/Linux. Later it
was more informative. Overall, though, I think it was the sense of
community by reading your journal that proved its best draw.
My favorite LJ memory: I read an article that Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall, while working at Digital
Equipment Corporation, was donating hardware to Linus Torvalds (and team)
to help get the kernel ported to Alpha. That exited me to no end (for some
I started with Yggdrasil Linux Oct/Nov 1995, but it was Slackware that I
must have installed dozens and dozens of times before I settled eventually
on Debian for the next decade.
In the mid-90s I was a database developer and administrator, working on
(primarily) Digital and Sun server hardware (there was some mainframe work
in there, but I try to forget that part of my life). First thing we did
was install GNU tools. The Un*x reality seemed like a dark-dirty
subculture of the IT world (to this junior geek)—one that drew my
interest. Multi-threading, stability, multi-user—it had things that
barely (or didn’t) work on Windows desktops or even some Un*x servers (of
the time). The first time I saw X run was in the basement of a friend, on a
AIX box—it took my breath away. I was planning to try out Minix OS when
a peer suggested I look at GNU/Linux instead. I would like to say it was a
smooth adoption, but it wasn’t—dozens of distros, new terminology,
unfamiliar environments, frustrating configurations—I loved it. It was
like porn or a drug to me. I learned a lot, and I look back on that time
with much fondness. It was the beginning of a long journey.
I’ve subscribed for
25 years, since the first issue
to stay abreast of Linux.
My favorite memory is receiving my
first issue of LJ and realizing that this open-source Unix was really going
somewhere! I deployed Linux workstations to replace Sun workstations at
Texas Instruments at that time, saving thousands of dollars. I was also
characterizing the Intel Pentium microprocessor, assisting Linus with
details of Linux TLB handling. Fun times!
First distro was Soft Landing Systems
I’ve been a subscriber for about one year.
There are two main reasons why I am a subscriber of Linux Journal.
First, I am a digital freedom supporter. When I learned that WikiLeaks
revealed that the LJ subscribers were profiled, I immediately became one. I
was born in the Soviet Union and grew up in a society severely damaged by
the lack of privacy, profiling, censorship, the absence of freedom, and
constant monitoring by the government (through your own neighbors, who were
also scared). My parents and grandparents have always been afraid of
expressing their opinion or “doing something wrong” because they constantly
experienced the “watchful eye” of the oppressing government. Being raised
in this toxic environment, I promised to myself to never be afraid of being
who I am, expressing my opinion, and decide for myself what to do and what
to read. I am a crypto-punk, but not a digital anarchist. Although I would
have never done what Snowden or Manning did, I strongly believe that
freedom and privacy are superior to national security or corporate
interests. I believe that freedom and privacy, in the long-term perspective,
are the main contributors to secure government and thriving businesses. As
a person born in the USSR, I also witnessed the deteriorating power of
internal espionage, profiling, privacy violation, censorship and freedom of
speech. It was not Snowden who undermined the national security of the
United States. It was the NSA who did it! The editorial opinion of Linux
Journal seems to be close to mine, so this is the first reason why I
Second, I saw the word BLOCKCHAIN on the cover of one of the issues of
LJ. I am a graduate PhD student researching blockchain, and I hoard all
beyond-hype information about blockchain. Also, I am a full-time desktop
Linux user, so I determined that LJ could be helpful for my research or
optimization of my workflow as a Linux user.
My favorite LJ memory: I liked the series of articles about ncurses programming. I always wanted
to learn it, but existing tutorials looked too time-consuming for me.
My first distro was Mandrake Linux 7.0 on four CD disks with kernel
2.2.14-15. (Jeez, I
still remember the version of my first kernel!) I immediately fell in love
with it, and I am still in love with Linux.
I think I’ve subscribed for 15 years or so.
I subscribe because I use Linux every day, in the servers I manage and in my personal desktop
and laptop computers, and I like to know what’s going on with Linux
I have learned a lot of new things reading LJ, and I have helped friends
sharing some articles about open source apps, including ones that work also
in other OSes.
I am a good friend of Miguel de Icaza, and he sent me maybe 10 or 12
diskettes with Linux and helped me over the phone to install it (version
0.x). After that, I think I bought the Yggdrasil distribution. Later I
switched to Red Hat, then to Debian, and right now, I use CentOS on the
servers, and after a couple years of using Mint, I’m back using Ubuntu
Mate on my personal computers, including a couple Mac computers.
Thanks for a great magazine and congratulations on your first 25 years.
I’m really glad for your 25th anniversary and looking forward to the next
While I’m a LJ newbie, I’ve used Linux for quite some time.
I’ve been a subscriber for around one year.
I subscribe because I really love Linux, and I find it very important to support a publication
covering this topic. Besides that, LJ provides a good addition to the German
Linux Magazin, which I subscribe to as well.
My favorite LJ memory is reading the first issue after I subscribed and discovering that Glyn Moody is an
author, as I loved the Rebel Code book from him.
My first distro? That would be S.u.S.E 4.2 in 1996.
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