Wow. The response to my last post, How I came to find Linux, was simply overwhelming.
Maybe it’s just because I recently reread Stephen Levy’s Hackers for the nth time, but I’m thinking our generation’s story needs to be told. It really was a different time then vs. now—compute and storage were scarce, not abundant; connectivity was rare, not ubiquitous; and the idea of the world’s information being organized and universally accessible was science fiction.
I’m not sure what form this story would ultimately take. It could be a book, a sequel in spirit to Hackers (which would certainly be an appropriate way to think about it, since Hackers ends with a young Richard Stallman founding the GNU Project, while our generation’s story arguably begins there). It could be a podcast, our version of The Glory of Their Times. It could just be a set of essays like the one I wrote. Whatever form it takes, something I’m thinking of as a “FOSS History Project” is starting to take shape.
Before I sink too much time into the idea, though, I thought I’d run it up the flagpole.
Any interest out there?