"In the last couple of years, there have been a number
of Geek Cruises on the Holland-America cruise line, but this year
saw the first Linux Lunacy cruise. Featured speakers included Eric
Raymond, Richard Stallman, Jon "maddog" Hall, Michael Johnston,
Linux Journal's own Doc Searls and Reuven Lerner (okay, so he
doesn't work for us full time, but we still claim him) and many
Doc and I took advantage of the position of so many Linux
celebrities (that is, on a boat with LJ editors and nowhere to run)
and got a number of interviews. Look for the interviews and other
articles, including a full cruise report, here on the site and in
the pages of the magazine.
One of maddog's talks was on why Linux is like a pianola (player
piano), explaining that both benefit from open standards. I
snatched about 15 minutes with maddog on the final day of the
cruise to discuss with him his exploits with Linux International
and his fascination with player pianos."