The Article Database

Once upon a time, there was a great Linux community site called Every day on, dozens of volunteers from the Linux community would spend many hours of their time writing new articles, moderating comments and generally keeping the site looking like a professional resource, attracting several hundred thousand page views each day.

Unfortunately, for various reasons, no longer exists in that format, replaced instead with a mostly automated system that pulls content from elsewhere on the web.

One of the key things that made great, however, was that the vast majority of content on the site was published under the Open Content License. This allows for anyone to reproduce the content for free, providing the terms of the license are met.

On that basis, I've decided to re-publish (almost) all of the items that were in the main database at the point at which it ceased to publish new content (October 2001). This includes news items and internal announcements as well as full length articles; basically anything that was in the news/article system.

This gives the volunteers a chance to find a copy of their work, and also keeps the content available for the rest of the Linux community to benefit from and away from the bit-bucket.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the site!

If you find an item that shouldn't be here, then please let me know

If you'd like to see how used to look, Garrett LeSage (ex art director) has some Screenshots Online as part of his portfolio

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b) Use the Category Browser
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Linux Demo Day - Coralville, Iowa

Saturday, April 29 2000, started out pretty early for Tony Geerts and me.  Around 5:30 a.m., Tony showed up at my house with his car, ready to load up my computer gear on top of his and head south to Coralville's Barnes & Noble.  Tony and I live in Cedar Falls, Iowa, which is a short hour-and-a-half drive away from Coralville. What was it that was inspiring the two of us to such an early morning drive? The agenda for the day was quite simple: partake in demonstrating Linux and engage passers by in Linux-related discussions at Barnes & Noble.

The planning of this event had been a long time in the making. Terry Dahms, from Iowa City's LUG (ICLUG), got the ball rolling after talking with Tony and me at CedarLUG's January Linux Install-a-thon in Cedar Falls. Afan Ottenheimer, Dan Wittenberg, and Stephen Hill stepped forward without hesitation to offer their assistance too, and the wheels were set into motion. The real work then began, with side meetings here, off-line discussions there, meetings with the Barnes & Noble folks, a meeting in Cedar Rapids, a meeting in Iowa City and enough e-mail passing across the network to raise the eyebrows of those that oversee such things. Who's bringing this? Who's demonstrating that? Will there be enough room? Will there be enough outlets? Who can set this up? Who can make these things on paper? And personally I was asking "How will I be able to get away to Bruegger's for some salt bagels?" (15/May/2000 - 6484 bytes)