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LinuxMall.com: Don't Sprinkle Salt on SCLUG: Founder Tells All

Apr 23, 2000, 04:11 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Erik Hovland is the founder and reigning president of the University of Southern California's Linux User Group (SCLUG). Like many emerging Linux luminaries, he turned-on to Linux when he became haplessly dysphoric while working as a Windows administrator. Having recently received his master's degree in computer engineering with a focus on robotics, Hovland currently is finishing up his presidential reign and is working as a programmer at JPL in Pasadena, Calif."

"LinuxNews.com: How and when did your LUG get started.

Hovland: One day this guy came to talk to my teammate in a project we were doing for the OS class at USC. He wanted to start a LUG. My teammate had never even used Linux before but he was a mucky muck in the CS [Computer Science] honor society, so he was very visible. But he had heard me mention it (like a broken record probably) and turned over the original guy to me. The original guy got all excited with me and got me going and then poof, I was president and he was gone. In the process of building up some other people glomed on and the rest is history."

"LinuxNews.com: How are Linux and your LUG received on campus?

Hovland: Well, the students and faculty love Linux and have openly embraced it. ... But the computer support arm of USC, ISD frowns on Linux heavily. They have reason to hate anything with the word hacker associated to it, USC was once the playground of Kevin Mitnick and the SAs all still remember."

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