Okay, so first some basic background for clarity. Libra Computer Systems was started by my father, Jon, in 1984 (one year after I was born). In 1999 Jon became interested in Linux. He had never been satisfied with DOS or Windows having come from a Unix background, and began to explore using Linux as an alternative. In the process, he decided that Libra Computer Systems' next project would be to create an easy to use Linux system for desktop users. I first became involved with the project as a casual interest in what Jon was doing, but I soon became drawn into the world of Linux and started to become involved in the product.
As Libranet progressed in development, I became increasingly involved in both the development and technical support of Libranet. In the six years that Libranet has been around we have released well over 10 versions of the Libranet distribution, each improving over the last.
Unfortunately, in late 2003 Jon was diagnosed with cancer. As he became progressively sicker in the year and a half following his diagnoses I began to take a larger and larger responsibility in not just the technical development of Libranet, but in the running of the business as well. Jon's death left the running of Libranet solely in my hands.
Libranet has been a wonderful learning experience for me, and would very much like to continue the legacy that is not just my father's work, but very much mine as well. However, changes will be needed to move Libranet forward, and this is the point where I am now. I need to catch my breath then figure out how to move on.
I feel that Libranet is unique in the Linux world, not just because of its technical achievements, but because of the philosophy that is behind the Libranet system.
I hope that the strong Libranet community will be patient while the process of moving Libranet onwards takes place. I do not at this time know how long it will take or exactly what the outcome will be, but I will endeavor to keep the Libranet community informed.
As always I welcome correspondence from the Libranet community. Feel free to email at email@example.com.
The Libranet Blog and Libranet Newsletter are the community's best resources for staying up to date on what is happening.
Daniel has posted his thoughts on the changes happening at Libranet.