Legends of Linux Part 4: Jim Zemlin

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LINUXCON IS over for another year, but while we were there we got some time with friend of the INQ Jim Zemlin, head honcho of the Linux Foundation, and took the opportunity to ask him our Legends of Linux questions to celebrate 25 years of the operating system.

What’s your first memory of Linux?

My memory is going to be funny because I worked at a hosted software company before I worked in open source. I was working at a company called Acorio. We were hosting enterprise software and we were dragged into an office and asked what our Linux strategy was.

At the time everything was running on Solaris and such and the ironic thing was that at the time everyone laughed and asked: ‘Who on Earth ran anything worthwhile on Linux?’. And that is actually my first memory of Linux in any kind of business context.

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