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PaulDotCom Security Weekly - Episode 275 for Friday January 27th, 2012.

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Interview: Jon "Maddog" Hall

Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International,a non-profit organization of computer professionals who wish to support and promote Linux-based operating systems. Jon has spoken about Linux and free software at the technology conferences across the globe. At the UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006, Hall was honored with a Lifetime Recognition Award for his services to the open source community. His latest ambition is Project Cauã, an effort to promote more efficient computing following the thin client/server model.

Fun Facts: Hall was instrumental in obtaining equipment and resources for Linus Torvalds to accomplish his first port, to Digital's Alpha platform. It was also in this general timeframe that Hall, who lives in New Hampshire, started the Greater New Hampshire Linux Users' Group. Hall has UNIX as his New Hampshire vanity license plate.

  1. How did you get your start in technology and open-source?
  2. Previously you were a professor teaching operating systems and compiler design, what were some of the major take-aways your students got from those classes and how did you teach them to program securely?
  3. As time has moved on have your roles in organizations been less technical, and if so, how do you stay technically focused?
  4. What does open-source mean to you?
  5. There are several schools of thought, however, some say that open-source software is more secure than commercial software. Is this true in your opinion, and why or why not?
  6. Many talented folks in the security field create useful tools, then decide to share them. What advice do you have for them as to which open-source license to use and why?
  7. In the security industry, several software projects turned from hobbies into requiring full-scale companies to continue development. Various projects have chosen different paths, from GPL, to BSD, to closed-source. When a project reaches a certain size, how to you manage growth, turn it from a hobby into a business, and not piss off the community?
  8. What is Linux International and what is your role?
  9. Do you believe you need to still be an evangelist for Linux?
  10. When will Linux take over the desktop? If it did, are their specific security advantages?
  11. I have a total fascination (almost like a high school crush) on Linux on embedded systems. What are some of the advances in Linux embedded technology and why is it important?
  12. What are some of the more interesting places that are running Linux?
  13. Red Hat has made a huge push to put Linux in the enterprise, was that all it took to get people to adopt Linux as the platform of choice for their organization? (I remember fighting for Linux adoption at several companies I've worked for in the past).
  14. What is Project Cauã?
  15. How is Project Caua different from OLPC?
  16. One of your goals is to reduce power consumption, does the new Smart Grid play into this?
  17. What are some of the security challenges, specifically when implementing a wireless mesh system? Is privacy and integrity a concern?
  18. One of the goals is: triple or quadruple the number of FOSS developers in the world how will you make this happen? What is the incentive to be a FOSS developer?

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