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Enterprise Linux Magazine: One-on-One with "maddog"

Nov 09, 1999, 23:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Simpson)

"Jon "maddog" Hall has over 25 years of experience in the industry, 17 of that with UNIX. He has been a software developer, systems administrator, product manager, marketing manager and professional educator, and is now Executive Director at Linux International. He worked at Compaq Computer Corporation in the Digital UNIX Marketing Group and for Bell Laboratories. Prior to that he was Department Head of Computer Science at Hartford State Technical College."

"EL: We all know the exciting history of Linux and some of its obvious benefits, such as cost and reliability, but what are some less conspicuous benefits today's corporate CIO may not be aware of?"

"Hall: Before Linux, I would visit a college or university and find the students using Windows and Macs in the computer labs. This, of course, made me wonder where we would get the new programmers and systems administrators for enterprise computing in the future. After Linux started being used by college students, I began to see these students taking an interest in networking and systems administration that went beyond just using the computer."

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