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Open Source Journeys: In Conversation With Jon "maddog" Hall

August 19, 2019 - by Marcel Gagné

In "Open Source Journeys", Marcel hangs out and chats with people who have been captured by the spirit and promise of Linux and Open Source software. Open Source is part philosophy, part technology, and part ideology. That's a powerful combination that sparks the imagination in different ways for different people. Today's guest today is Jon "maddog" Hall.

To anyone who moves in the world of Linux and Open Source software, the name Jon “maddog” Hall is one that is going to be familiar. He is, among other things, a huge advocate for Open Source software, including Linux. He’s been a programmer, a systems administrator, a teacher, product manager, marketing manager, an author, a columnist, the Chairman of the Board of the Linux Professional Institute, and, as I mentioned, he is one of the best known voices in this community. In this interview, we cover a lot of ground including Scotch whisky, computer programming, Open Source, Linux, and how he got the nickname, “maddog”. We also talked about how he came to know a young Finnish student named Linus Torvalds, and we find out about maddog’s dislike for the x86 architecture. 

maddog's Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Hall_(programmer)
maddog's LPI bio: https://www.lpi.org/about-lpi/meet-our-board-of-directors

About Marcel Gagné:

Marcel Gagné

Marcel Gagné is LPI's Editor at Large. The "Cooking With Linux" guy. Writer and Free Thinker at Large. Science, Linux, and technology geek. Long time columnist for Linux Journal, LinuxPro Magazine, Ubuntu User Magazine, SysAdmin, and others. Author of six books including "Linux System Administration: A User's Guide" and the "Moving to Linux" series of books. Promoter, advocate, and evangelist for Free and Open Source Software on radio, television, and YouTube. Occasionally opinionated. Always confused. Loves wine, food, music, and the occasional single malt Scotch.