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Wall Street Journal: Linux Devotees Boot Up for Hikes And Lager in England's Lake District

Aug 08, 2000, 09:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Harris)

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"Forget free love, this is about free software. Over the past week, the self-described geeks of the Linuxbierwanderung, or Linux Beer Hike, met to celebrate the Internet culture based around open-source software. Like acid and Jimi Hendrix at the Woodstock of old, lager and Linux drew 160 programmers to England's Lake District. So what happens when technosavants -- all but four of them men -- gather amid the majesty that inspired William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge? They compute with abandon."

"We're all rebels," says John Caulfield, at 56 the group's senior member and its "bandwidth cop," deputized to keep the participants from hogging too much Internet access. "But the Linux community is a much-more mature version of Haight-Ashbury -- without the drugs and fornication," he says, referring to the epicenter of the 1960s hippie movement, in San Francisco."

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