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Seattle Times: Area's Linux Lovers Laud Computing 'Democracy'

Apr 28, 2003, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Bermant)

"Linux is alive in Western Washington, demonstrated at Saturday's LinuxFest Northwest. About a thousand people traveled to the Bellingham Technical College to show off products, talk technology and hear an address by Jon 'Maddog'" Hall.

"To the uninitiated, the contentious nickname doesn't seem to fit the apparently taciturn senior citizen of the Linux movement.

"'I'm 52 years old,' Hall said. 'When I was in my 30s I didn't always have control over my temper. I'm not very happy about that now. But if someone calls out for 'Jon' in a crowd, 20 people turn their heads. If they call out for 'Maddog' I know it's for me, although some of the people in the room may be expecting to see someone with a spiked collar.'

"Hall's characterization of the difference between a Windows user and a Linux user is simply 'whether you think it's better to give or to receive...'"

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