Linux Format issue 150 is approaching!
Here at Linux Format Towers, we're about to reach a milestone in the history of the magazine: 150 issues. A lot has happened in the last 11 years, and before LXF150 goes on sale this Thursday, 15 September, we're asking the team to recall their favourite moments from the magazine's life. Kicking it off is Mike Saunders who clearly wants darn kids to get off his lawn. Take it away...
When I were a lad, this were all fields. And indeed, I was there right at the beginning of Linux Format - and even slightly earlier. I remember Future Publishing announcing a pilot issue of a Linux magazine called Linux Answers, back in 1999. The temporary editor, Nick Merritt, posted a message on Future's NNTP server looking for contributors. Having spent the previous 12 months pulling apart my Linux distribution to make it run at light speed, I offered to write an article on performance tuning, and by golly - it was accepted.
Linux Answers was well received, and Future decided to make a proper Linux mag. Finding an editor would've been difficult, but fortunately an expert in lesser-known OSes was around: that old Amiga Format stalwart, Nick Veitch. With nothing more than a couple of desks and a random art monkey, Nick designed a magazine that retains its core values to this day. Advocating Linux, encouraging participation, and always showing what's cool in the world of free software.
We're not perfect by any means, but I like to think we've helped to introduce many people to Linux and its brilliant, vibrant community. Having been around since issue 1, I've seen so many unexpected changes in our operating system. For instance, although it never made the massive desktop impact we'd all hoped for, it has seen other successes. It has gone from strength to strength on the server, and with every man Jack and his dog owning a smartphone now - and most of them running Android - Linux is on its way to being the most-used OS of all time.
And that makes me smile. Thanks to all our readers over the last 150 issues, and here's to the next 150!