February 13, 2008

Rare Jon 'maddog' Hall video interview - and an even rarer maddog video speech excerpt

Author: Robin 'Roblimo' Miller

He's a popular guy, that maddog. And with good reason. It's a little surprising that there is nary a video of him speaking to be seen anywhere on the Web. So here you go, video-lovers and maddog fans. These videos are for you.

I've heard Jon 'maddog' Hall speak many times. He's always fun and interesting and always has something fresh to say. He also almost always has some interesting company that's paying him to help promote its products or attract developers to its open source projects, too.

One important thing maddog does in almost every speech is remind us all that "Linux" is a registered trademark, and that people who want to use it as part of a business name should register with the Linux Mark Institute, which is now part of The Linux Foundation.

(Linux.com received permission to use the name "Linux.com" directly from Linus Torvalds many years ago, before the Linux Mark Institute was founded.)

The first video is a short interview. If it sounds like two old friends talking, that's because maddog and I have known each other for about 10 years now, and have spoken at or attended many of the same conferences, but he'll be just as affable toward you if and when you meet. He is a seriously friendly person. This video is about five and a half minutes long.

The second video is an excerpt of maddog speaking to about 180 people at the Florida Linux Show on February 11. This video is a bit over 22 minutes -- and worth every bit of that time.

I've said before, and will say again, if you see maddog scheduled to speak at a conference, and there's any way you can get to that conference... GO!

You can download the slides to the presentation he gave right here.

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