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Fermilab, the Tevatron, and Linux

Jan 18, 2011, 03:05 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Amber Graner for this link. ]

"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 large city.

"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."

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