Jon "maddog" Hall - CTO and Ambassador
Jon "maddog" Hall is CTO and ambassador to the world for Koolu. Mr. Hall is a well known elder statesman of the programming community, and a leader of the open source movement. At the UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006, Mr. Hall was honored with a Lifetime Recognition Award for his services to the open source community. Mr. Hall holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1977) and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University (1973). Over his 35 year career, Mr. Hall has worked for such companies as Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems and SGI.
It was during his time with Digital that Mr. Hall initially became interested in Linux, and was instrumental in obtaining equipment and resources for Linus Torvalds to accomplish his first port of Linux, to Digital's Alpha platform He was an advocate for the use of Linux for commercial use long before anyone thought it viable and he will continue in the role of visionary with the Linux community. Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International, a non-profit organization of end users who wish to support and promote the Linux operating system. The nickname "maddog" was given to him by his students of Hartford State Technical College, where he was the Department Head of Computer Science. He now prefers to be called by this name. According to Mr. Hall, his nickname "came from a time when I had less control over my temper." Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations, including the USENIX Association. He has also consulted with the governments of China, Malaysia and Brazil as well as the United Nations and many local and state governments on the use of free and open source software. He is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many presentations and one book [Linux for Dummies] (http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Dummies-Second-Jon-Hall/dp/0764504215 "Linux for Dummies").