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Chicago Tribune: Linux community looks toward the future [interview with Jon "Maddog" Hall]

Apr 19, 2000, 17:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Viki Navratilova, Simon Epsteyn)

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"Jon "Maddog" Hall is Executive Director at Linux International, a non-profit vendor organization dedicated to promoting the use of Linux. He is best known in the Linux community for his tireless advocacy of Linux."

"Q: What are the goals of Linux International? Have they changed in the past couple of years to meet the changing Linux market?

A: Linux International basically has the same goals it always had, which are to promote Linux. LI is a vendor organization, and there's a lot of confusion about that. Individuals keep wanting to join, but LI is about trying to meet vendor needs. We help vendors understand the different licensing models, help them reach the Linux markets and help them understand how to make money with free software without violating the rules of the GNU GPL (General Public License). There's a lot of confusion, particularly in the beginning, about open source and the GNU GPL, and a lot of disbelief that you can actually make money from it. ... Also, we're applying for 501c6 non-profit status so we can lobby Congress."

"Q: What would you lobby Congress for?

A: We'd explain the reasons we think open-source software is the way to go and encourage them to vote for bills that help to encourage open-source software. We'd also lobby for things like relaxing the issue about DVDs."

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