Free & open source software, hardware and culture.

How to leverage open source software to provide an exemplary education to children at a great discount to the tax payer.

an evening with

jon ‘maddog’ hall

linux hero

With closed source products, you are dependent on the experts who made the software. With Free & Open Source Software Hardware and Culture (FOSSHC) the student can be as expert as the engineer who created it.

This talk, given by a former college professor who has trained programmers for close to fifty years will outline in detail how your schools and universities can use FOSSHC to generate jobs for Maine, or wherever you live.

Jon ‘maddog’ Hall has been a college professor, a programmer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, consultant, author, and is currently the Board Chair of Linux Professional Institute ( a non-profit who certifies Open Source Professionals.

He received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University in 1973 and his MS in Computer Science from RPI in 1977.

In 1994, while working for Digital Equipment Corporation, maddog (as he prefers to be called) met Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux Kernel, helped him port Linux from a 32-bit Intel computer to a 64-bit DEC Alpha, at the time the world’s fastest microprocessor, a title it kept for over eight years.

maddog has traveled to 100 countries, most of them more than one time, and is currently working with the University of Sao Paulo Brazil to design and manufacture single-board computer in Latin America.

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