Jon "Maddog" Hall is going to be speaking at the upcoming meeting!
Here's the details:
Date & Time: June 9th, 2016 @ 7pm
Location: WPI Atwater-kent Rm 232
Topic: Back from the Dead: Projects that maddog is working on, and why you
Abstract: Only a month after a massive heart attack maddog will be talking
about some of the projects he is working on:
(1) Rebooting the Linux Professional Institute (and why you should care)
(2) Selling small computers in Brazil (and why you should care)
(3) Creating jobs for the jobless and help for the clueless (and why you
NOTE: John has informed me he needs to head off right after the meeting...
So I'm going to arrange to have some pizza delivered! I expect that after
the meeting we're going to head off to wooberry or elsewhere for dessert.
Who is Jon "Maddog" Hall?
Jon "maddog" Hall is the Chairman of the Board of the Linux Professional
Institute, and the President of Linux International. Since 1969, Mr. Hall
has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product
manager, technical marketing manager, author and educator.
He currently works as an independent consultant, and is involved with
bringing environmentally friendly computing to emerging marketplaces as
well as working on performance and educational issues with Free and Open
Source Software via the Linaro Association. He is also closely aligned
with LeMaker, a design center located in Shengen, China.
While not a founding member of LPI, maddog helped formulate some of the
concepts and donated personal money to allow the first 200 tests be tested
Mr. Hall has worked for such companies as Western Electric Corporation,
Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation
(DEC), VA Linux Systems, SGI, Futura Networks (Campus Party) and Linaro.
Mr. Hall has taught at Hartford State Technical College (HSTC), Merrimack
College and Daniel Webster College. While at HSTC his students gave him
the nickname of "maddog", and he developed the skills necessary for talking
to university students over pizza and beer.
Mr Hall has worked on many different operating systems (MFT, MVT, VS1, VS2,
MVS, CP-67, VM/CMS, RSTS/E, RSX-11M, CP/M) but concentrated on Unix systems
since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds
and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and
Open Source Software. Mr. Hall obtained a DEC "Alpha" system for Linus
Torvalds and organized and engineering team which helped the Linux
community to port Linux to the world's fastest 64-bit microcomputer.
Since 2006 Mr. Hall has been working on Project Cauā, which will large
numbers of high-tech jobs allowing students who could not afford to attend
university to both attend university and get real-life job experience.
Mr. Hall is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many
presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies". He currently writes a
blog for Linux Pro Magazine.
Mr. Hall has consulted with the governments of China, Malaysia, Saudi
Arabia and Brasil as well as the United Nations and many local and state
governments on the use of Free and Open Source Software.
Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit
organizations. He is currently very active with the University of Sao
Paulo's Centro Interdisciplinar Em Tecnologias Interativas (CITI), acting
as a member of their advisory board.
Mr. Hall has traveled to over 100 countries, many more than one time,
speaking on the benefits of Open Source Software having received his BS in
Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University (1973), and his MSCS from
RPI in Troy, New York (1977).
In his spare time maddog is working on his retirement project:
maddog's monastery and marina for math, music, micro-computing,
micro-brewery, micro-winery, micro-distilery, and bait shop.
I am leery of the allegiances of any politician who refers to their
constituents as "consumers".