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What did you do with your summer vacation? John McLean wrote software to help IBM automate the process of counting computers on its Research Triangle Park campus. Last summer, at Raleigh-based Red Hat, he developed software that helps control robots.

Until his junior year of high school, McLean, 18, was an "average computer user." That's when a friend turned him on to Linux, a type of open-source software, where programmers can modify the underlying code.

Next week, he starts his freshman year at Duke University and plans to study computer science and religion. His college costs will be partly paid with a 2009 Fedora scholarship, which recognizes students for their contributions to free, open-source software.

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