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Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International
(www.li.org), a non-profit association
of computer vendors who wish to
support and promote the Linux Operating System. During his career
which spans over thirty years, Mr. 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 has worked for such companies as
Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell
Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems, and is
currently funded by SGI.
Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations, including the USENIX Association.
Free and Open Source has often been heralded as a method for third
world countries to bridge the Digital Divide. As the speaker has
traveled the world he has seen many examples of how closed-source,
proprietary software has impeded progress, and how Free and Open Source
Software (FOSS) has allowed progress to resume, creating jobs and
solving problems. Yet in the most powerful country on earth, in some of
the richest companies the closed nature of proprietary software has a
hidden cost that keeps them from moving forward.
This talk explains how the use of FOSS may help propel so-called "third world nations" ahead of the United States, saving them time and money.