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Celebrating 6 years of

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Six years ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst announced the launch of has come a long way since then, and I'm honored to be part of the community now. 

Back when launched, I worked on Linux Pro Magazine, and I remember sending the announcement around to my colleagues. I kept an eye on the newly announced community-driven site, and I watched as celebrated its first year.

"So I want to say thank you," Whitehurst wrote on the anniversary. "Thanks to the community of readers and writers who have offered their time, comments, suggestions, articles, and tweets--all to make the site a success. You helped us share more than 500 stories that highlight places where the open source way impacts businesses, government, education, the law, and our lives. Dozens of you contributed articles--from students leading open source in their schools to luminaries like Gary Hamel, Tim O’Reilly, and Simon Phipps. These articles were read a combined 1.3 million times by over 500,000 different people."

In 2015, we published 1,103 articles and we had almost 8 million page views. Although our community and story collection have grown, one thing that hasn't changed since the first year is our mission.

As Whitehurst explained on the first anniversary, "I eagerly await the day the open source way becomes the rule rather than the exception. Our hope will be to provide a place where we can shine a light on the progress along the way."

Thank you to our moderators, writers, and community for a wonderful six years. And thank you for trusting us to help share your open source stories, and to shine a light on the progress we're making. 

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About the author

Rikki Endsley - Rikki Endsley is the Developer Program managing editor at Red Hat, and a former community architect and editor for In the past, she worked as the community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat; a freelance tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and as the managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and...