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Interviews: Jon "Maddog" Hall

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Jon Hall, president of Linux® International, is a passionate spokesman for the open source community and ideal. In this two-part interview, he speaks at length on the progress and challenges for open source, and on the need to recapture a purer vision of education.

Over a 30-plus-year career, Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, author, consultant to local, state and national governments worldwide and college educator. He is currently an industry consultant. While at Digital, he became interested in Linux and was instrumental in obtaining equipment and resources for Linus Torvalds to accomplish his first port, to Digital's Alpha platform. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several nonprofit organizations. At the U.K. Linux and Open Source Awards 2006, he was honored with a Lifetime Recognition Award for his services to the open source community.

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