""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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