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NewsForge: Linux, it's not just for bad boys anymore; William Stearns profile

Jan 02, 2001, 14:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bresnick)

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"Author of the significantly praised Mason Firewall Building Package, William Stearns is currently senior research engineer for the Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Though he dedicates many of his waking hours to the benefit of Linux, he is determinedly not a preacher."

"Dartmouth may handle the logistics of Stearns's job, but basically he works for the government. Explicitly assigned the task of anticipating the moves of licentious hackers he is implicitly charged, both personally and professionally, to participate in the Linux community. Conscientious and sincere, one day Stearns went away from a talk given by Linus Torvalds struggling to think of a way he could contribute."

"People in the audience asked about what they should contribute, and Torvalds suggested they choose something that interested them. That way he wouldn't have to pick up the slack when they walked away bored. That was the seed for Stearn's firewall building package which he named Mason after his nephew."

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