In November 2021, we celebrated 20 years of LINBIT, and we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on our story. This post takes a detailed and personal look at what inspired the formation of LINBIT and what inspires and drives them still today.
Philipp Reisner, the CEO, has been fascinated with computers and technology since his father brought home a new Commodore 64. Philipp consumed the manual and experimented with the computer, studying Electronics and then Computer Science at University.
Philipp became a software engineer and developer fascinated by open-source software. LINUX was a real game-changer because it brought all of his interests to his fingertips. Suddenly, so much seemed possible.
The formation of LINBIT owes a degree of gratitude to a mistakenly sent email; while the future founders were making rough plans and talking about ‘what could be’ between themselves, one of them accidentally sent an email to the CEO of the company for which they were working. Their plans were no longer in the background, and the CEO was not amused, calling them into the office and firing one of the employees.
Before the incident, the founders-to-be had an idea and rough plans, and now they had the motivation. The question “Why don’t we do this on our own?” sparked an epiphany and a straightforward answer. LINBIT was formed, beginning with generic consulting work, with HA clusters and DRBD still to become the force they are today. If you want to dive deeper into the early beginnings of LINBIT feel free to listen into this podcast episode with Philipp Reisner.
The Open Source Community has been a long-standing inspiration for the founders since they were young. Through studies, HA became an exciting topic upon which critical servers depended.
Feedback from the community was an integral factor behind the foundation of LINBIT. The founders realised that they had feedback. The community inspired them to create, and they continue to create for the community.
Engaging with the open-source community remains LINBIT’s highest interest. GitHub is a two-way street for LINBIT and helps us keeping our software up to its users demands. The company has always been active at European conferences since the early 2000s. Here we represent open source software, push it at conferences, and create valuable and informative content. Conclusively, the community is also a development method that drives every decision.
We believe in the power of the open-source community, and that belief is central to our future. The open-source community drives the product and creates innovation faster, creating much better outcomes for everyone. So our message to the tech industry is that open source is changing the world: jump on it!
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