Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

No One Ever Buys a Computer

Date and Time

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Online at Jitsi


Jon "maddog" Hall - jon.maddog.hall gmail com


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 jobs.

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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