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LinuxWorld: Jon 'maddog' Hall plots a course for Linux

Feb 06, 2001, 00:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pawel Leszek)

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"As you probably know, Jon "maddog" Hall is one of the most prominent (and popular) Linux "officials." Hall appears at many important Linux community events and is known for his impressive talks and strong promotion of Linux. Hall is also the executive director of Linux International (LI). In this interview he explains his version of what a Linux "evangelist" does and makes some predictions about Linux's future."

"You are Director of Linux Evangelism in VA Linux Systems. It must be a great thing to get money for being an evangelist. Could you tell us what the term "Linux evangelism" means to you?

"maddog: Linux evangelism means going out and promoting the Linux operating system. This is different from promoting open source or even free software. While I am a fan of both of those myself, I do not agree that all applications have to be open source, nor do I agree that all applications have to be freely available. I do feel very strongly that all platform code necessary for an application to run (including compilers and even some debugging tools) should be both freely available and open source."

"Note that the above does not disallow things like commercial binary-only X server packages (as long as XFree86 still exists), nor does it disallow binary-only commercial compilers (as long as the GNU compilers exist). While I might encourage these people to go open source, I feel no pressing need for them to do it as long as there is an equivalent, freely available, open source replacement."

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