Project Cauã: Creating jobs, saving the environment and making computers easier to use

Date and Time: 
2011 Aug 25th @ 3:10pm
FL2-1022 Large Auditorium
Jon "maddog" Hall

For the past forty years* industry has been moving computer support further away from the end user while simultaneously making computers harder to use, building in obsolescence, wasting electricity, and making computers every more of a black box.

Project Cauã will make computers easier to use, reduce the amount of electricity usage, create gratis wireless bubbles over large urban areas, and allow super-computing grids of low cost, create millions of high-tech new jobs world-wide all without costing the taxpayer a single penny**

WorldPeace(TM) is next month's topic.

* Is it my imagination or did the U.S. deficit start at about the same time?
** Mr. President and U.S. House of Representatives, please take notice

Speaker Description: 

Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of Linux International (, an association of computer users who wish to support and promote the Linux Operating System.  During his career in commercial computing which started in 1969, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, author and educator.

He has worked for such companies as Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems, and SGI.  He currently works as an independent consultant, and is currently involved with bringing environmentally friendly computing to emerging marketplaces through Project Cauã (

Mr Hall has worked on many systems, both proprietary and open, having concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and Open Source Software.

He has taught at Hartford State Technical College (HSTC), Merrimack College and Daniel Webster College.  While at HSTC his students gave him the nickname of "maddog".

Mr. Hall is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many presentations and one book, "Linux for Dummies".

Mr. Hall has consulted with the governments of China, Malaysia and Brasil as well as the United Nations and many local and state governments on the use of Free and Open Source Software.

Mr. Hall serves on the boards of several companies, and several non-profit organizations.

Mr. Hall has traveled the world speaking on the benefits of Open Source Software having received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University, and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York.


He blogged about the talk he had at NCAR here

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