Anthropologist Biella Coleman just posted “1998 and the Irish Accent is Why I Study F/OSS”. She quotes a rumination by Don Marti on 1998 as a crucial and strange year in tech:
…there was all this fascinating news and code for â€¨recruiting new hackers at the same time that thereâ€¨ was a huge power grab intended to drive hackers out.
Biella tells her own 1998 story as well:
…that was the year I ditched my other project and decided to go with F/OSS for my dissertation….I let the idea go for a few weeks, possibly months until one Very Important Conversation over coffee transpired with an Irish classmate…
So I asked my co-bloggers to tell us whether 1998 was a pivotal year for them, too. For most of us, it was.