Maddog bites Microsoft
In the past 30 years, Linux legend Jon "maddog" Hall has worked at more technical jobs and taught more students about the technical aspects of IT than he probably cares to remember. One thing he does remember, however, is his nickname, given to him by his students at Hartford State Technical College, in Connecticut. It's a name the ageing, bearded guru has come to enjoy.
The executive director of non-profit advocacy organisation Linux International, Mr Hall, like many Linux evangelists, has made a career out of being a worker rather than captain of industry. He has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, consultant and tertiary-level teacher, among other things. The companies at which he has worked, a mixture of users and vendors, include Western Electric, Aetna Life & Casualty, Bell Labs, Digital Equipment Corporation and VA Linux Systems.
When Mr Hall visits Sydney in late March to speak at the LinuxWorld Australia conference and Expo, it will not be specifically to can Microsoft.