10 Years of Linux Rants


I was reading the political blog of a friend of mine, Rob Kaily. He started his most recent article out with the comment, “To anyone who has been blogging for a while, I strongly suggest taking a hiatus.” This reminded me that I have a blog, and I’ve been posting to it on and off for quite a while now. I didn’t know how long it had been, so I had to go look. I was surprised to see that somehow it escaped my notice that the 29th of June was the 10 year anniversary of me writing here on Linux Rants. A lot has happened since then for me personally and for Linux. I thought that I’d take a few minutes to go over some of the highlights for both.


Android was founded as it’s own company in 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. In July of 2005 (just days after I started this blog), Google bought Android for at least $50 million. I don’t think that anybody knew what would come of that purchase at the time. I know I certainly didn’t. In September of 2008, Google and HTC released the first Android smartphone, the HTC G1. I remember reading about it and being really excited about it. I ran over to the cubicle of a good friend of mine, Dave Espinosa, and showed it to him. He was less thrilled about it than I was. He already owned an iPhone at the time, and he was pretty sure that Android would never catch on. Today, Android has dwarfed the iPhone in the global market and has succeeded in putting Linux in the pocket of billions of people. Yes, you can make fun of him. You have my permission. Sorry Dave.

Mike and Amy Got Married!!

June of 2006, my fiancée and I tied the knot! I’m not sure how I pulled this one off, but I managed to get a smart and beautiful woman to marry me. It was the best decision of my life.

Daniel Stone!

In July of 2008, my wife and I welcomed our first child, Daniel.


In March of 2010, the world was introduced to systemd. systemd was designed to replace the existing Linux init system. It started relatively small, but has absorbed distro after distro. There seems to be very little common ground when it comes to systemd. You’re either “Meh”, or you’re “KILL IT!!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!”


In June of 2010, Canonical introduced Unity. It’s debut was a few months later in a Netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10. Unity was rough around the edges, but did pretty well for the smaller screens that most netbooks had at the time losartan generic. People were not thrilled when it became the default UI for Ubuntu 11.04. There was a lot of negativity about it. That negativity has faded over the years, and there are a good number of people that like the Unity interface. There are also a good number of people that hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. I doubt that those two groups will ever find middle ground. Maybe we’ll find out in the next 10 years.

Jared Stone!

In March of 2011, Amy and I welcomed our second child, Jared.

Gnome 3

In April of 2011, just a month after Jared was born, the world welcomed Gnome 3. There were less ooos and ahhs and more WTFs. The initial reaction to Gnome 3 was less than excitement. I recall several people I know claiming that they would never (ever!!) upgrade from Gnome 2. One in particular claimed that he’d rather use Windows! Let’s not get TOO crazy here! Since then, Gnome 3 has evolved quite nicely and is now considered one of the more easy and elegant DEs available.

Google Glass

We first saw Google Glass in February of 2013. This was something entirely different. A pair of frames that a person wore like a pair of glasses that placed a heads up display right in the field of view. It was pretty exciting too! There was actually a presentation that involved live skydiving in a Hangout. It had limited success overall, but I don’t think that Google is done with this one yet. We’ll have to see what the next 10 years have in store for Glass.

Kaitlyn Stone!

In August of 2013 our third child, Kaitlyn, joined the family.

Android Wear

This is the newest technology here. It’s putting Linux into wearables. There are now dozens of watches that you can buy that will put Linux on your arm. I personally own the Moto 360, which was one of the first smart watches announced, and the first one with a round form factor. A year after it’s release, it still makes the Apple Watch look like amateur hour. A recent update to the software added some really cool capabilities. This technology is still so young, there are a lot of people that are still trying to figure out what to do with it. I think it’s got a bright future.

The Next 10 Years

What will the next 10 years hold for Linux and for the Stone family? Linux has gone from the defacto data center server OS that just could never seem to get a solid grasp on the desktop to the defacto OS for just about everything except the desktop. Linux has dominated pretty much every market it’s put a toe into, and I expect the next 10 years to be no different. The Stone family has gone from me, myself, and I to 5 of us. Will that family continue to grow? Who knows?


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