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LinuxMall.com: "Maddog" Speaks: Jon Hall Participates in Congressional IT Roundtable

Apr 20, 2000, 20:22 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 night."

"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 Linux."

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