"It was 1998 and I was attending a Comdex event in
Chicago. Comdex was one of the largest computer trade shows on
earth, and for a while they held two events a year, a Fall event
always in Las Vegas, and a Spring event typically in some other
"That year "Spring Comdex" was in Chicago and my company,
Digital Equipment Corporation was there along with a motley crew of
companies pushing this concept of Free Software. One of the Comdex
organizers, Sonny Saslaw, had started a small exhibit area of
Comdex pushing Linux and we were attracting our own set of
attendees. One of the main companies involved with Comdex in
Chicago was this young upstart called "Red Hat".
"At that event was a man named Dan Yokum, and he asked me and
some of the people from Red Hat (including Donnie Barnes, Erik
Troan and Marc Ewing, the three founders of Red Hat) to go out to
Fermilab to "give a talk to the people". I jumped at the chance and
encouraged the others to go."