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Cooking with Marcel

Apr 15, 2010, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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""I'm a serious technology geek," says writer Marcel Gagné, speaking with his usual hyper enthusiasm. The writer of six books on free and open source software (FOSS) for Addison-Wesley, as well as SysAdmin Corner and the extraordinarily popular Linux Journal column "Cooking with Linux," Gagné took an uncharacteristically quiet moment at the recent Calgary Open Source Systems Festival (COSSFest) to talk to me about his interests and his development as a writer, and how he ended up in his current gig as senior editor at Ubuntu User.

"I grew up watching Star Trek, and puppet shows like Thunderbirds and Stingray. the idea that there was this amazing technology just around the corner -- the flying cars, the transporters, the computer that talked to me when I walked into the house and asked me what my day was like and read my messages to me, and told me that I needed to order the mile (or, better yet, ordered the milk so it was delivered when I wasn't home) -- that was just so amazingly cool, to think that that future was out there waiting for me."

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