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Rare Jon 'maddog' Hall Video Interview 19

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
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lisa 'lisah' h writes "Looking natty in a yellow Tux vest, Linux dignitary John 'maddog' Hall agreed to a rare video interview with Robin 'Roblimo' Miller after speaking at a conference in Jacksonville, FL. The two chatted about the mobile phone project OpenMoko, his volunteer work with Linux International, and beer."
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Rare Jon 'maddog' Hall Video Interview

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  • by Robert Y. Frost (1234400) on Wednesday February 13, 2008 @04:39PM (#22410910) Journal
    Two tankards filled with a yellow brew,
    Parched but my thirst was not limitless.
    Twixt nectar choose, sweet honeydew?
    In time, the colder one I drew,
    And that was frosty pissness.
    • :'( beautiful, just beautiful. To think we used to call you people trolls. :'(
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 13, 2008 @04:43PM (#22410978)

    "Linux dignitary"? Is that like "MCSE"?

  • by Trogre (513942) on Wednesday February 13, 2008 @04:51PM (#22411096) Homepage
    Ahhh, one of my favourite quotes from this guy:

    Of course we had free software back in the '60s. But back then we called it "software".

  • by Jugalator (259273) on Wednesday February 13, 2008 @05:53PM (#22411942) Journal
    Whatever you do, don't mess with this guy [wikipedia.org] and his beard of respectable size [codethinked.com].

    If you ever feel overly nerdy when using Linux, just give the men behind the OS a thought and you'll feel much better!
  • I saw his Jeep at my local supermarket a few weeks ago and was going to head back in and find him, or stick around until he headed out and offer him a 6-pack...Something.

    I didn't want to look like that much a fanboy dorkass though, and wisely let it go. Would have been nice to thank the guy though I guess.
    • Nah, I'd just wave and say hey Jon. Treat him like everyone else. He's a regular guy and pretty dang friendly if I remember correctly. Met him in Dallas back in 1999 or so at a Unix User's Group meeting; he patiently answered all of our questions. Can't for the life of me figure out why they call him maddog when he's so laid back and relaxed. :/
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        by pixr99 (560799)

        Can't for the life of me figure out why they call him maddog when he's so laid back and relaxed. :/

        You're right, he's very laid back. A long time ago, I asked him why they call him maddog. He told me the story over beer and pizza. If I recall correctly, he was teaching at a community college at the time and became enraged by something the administration had pulled. He reacted accordingly and his students dubbed him "maddog." Perhaps somebody with a fresher memory can fill in the details (or correct me).

        I'll tell you what though, I've never met a kinder, more generous, more patient man. He's the

      • by xrayspx (13127)
        Hah yeah, nah, I'm not easily intimidated by developers, but I really didn't want to appear as some wackjob stalker. I should have camphone'd our vanity plates next to each other though. Ah well.
    • I saw his Jeep at my local supermarket a few weeks ago and was going to head back in and find him, or stick around until he headed out and offer him a 6-pack...Something.

      My god, man, it's a Jeep - they're designed so you can just leave a six-pack on the front seat.
  • by Vorpix (60341)
    i'll always be fond of maddog, as it was a book he wrote, "Red Hat Linux for Dummies [amazon.com]" in 1999 that gave me my first real introduction to Linux. it fostered an intense curiosity into open source software and Linux that remains with me to this day.
  • Disappointingly short at only 5 minutes. He did a really interesting interview on FLOSS last year [twit.tv], that people might find more interesting.

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