Note: This is not our regular third Wednesday because June 23 is Alan
Turing's 109th birthday.
Topic: No One Ever Buys a Computer
Moderators: Jon "Maddog" Hall
Location: Online: https://meet.jit.si/blu.org
Live stream: https://youtu.be/43geWUXNjZE
Jon "maddog" Hall discusses what customers really look for
People never really buy software, nor do they buy hardware. They buy a
solution to their problem, but it just happens that computers and
software can solve many, many problems in a relatively inexpensive and
flexible way compared to other solutions.
Today there are hundreds of thousands of software modules and incredibly
inexpensive, but powerful single board microcomputers or microprocessors
to build these solutions.
These in turn can help people sell and support these solutions, creating
This talk will illustrate several ideas for these products and hope to
stimulate ideas of other solutions that people could use.
Jon "maddog" Hall is the Board Chair of the Linux Professional
Institute, Co-founder of Caninos Loucos, the President of Project Caua
and the President of Linux International.
Since 1969 Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems
administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, educator,
author, CEO and consultant.
Mr. Hall has worked for companies like Western Electric Corporation,
Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment
Corporation, VA Linux Systems, IBM, SGI and Futura Networks (Campus
Party) as well as being a private consultant.
Mr Hall worked on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994,
when he first met Linus Torvalds and recognized the commercial
importance of FOSS.
Mr. Hall has taught at Hartford State Technical College, Merrimack
College and Daniel Webster College.
Mr. Hall is the author of many magazine and newspaper articles, many
presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies". He writes a monthly
article for Linux Pro Magazine.
Mr. Hall has consulted with the governments of China, Malaysia, Canada
and Brazil as well as the UN and many local and state governments.
Mr. Hall is on the advisory board of the University of Sao Paulo's
Centro Interdisciplinar Em Tecnologias Interativas (CITI).
Mr. Hall traveled to over 100 countries speaking on the benefits of FOSS.
Mr. Hall received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel
University (1973), and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York (1977).
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