"Jon "maddog" Hall, Executive director of Linux International,
was a participant in a roundtable discussion with members of the
House of Representatives and IT industry leaders after Comdex
proceedings at McCormick Place came to a close Wednesday
"Maddog" sat between Bob McDonald of RightWorks and John Sampson
of Microsoft Corporation. A number of other IT companies were
represented, as were a number of Congressional districts. A
complete list of participants is available at Techissues.net."
"Maddog" mentioned during his introduction that Linux is used
worldwide and poses a unique problem. "How can you sell something
that's free?" he asked. He went on to point out that as a free
operating system (OS) that can be run on older, discarded machines,
Linux is in a unique position to help close the "digital
divide" referred to by President Clinton in an earlier speech. "A
computer worth nothing," he said, "can't be taxed-but can run
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