March 23, 2001, 10:14 AM —
As you probably know, Jon "maddog" Hall is one of the most prominent (and popular) Linux "officials." Hall appears at many important Linux community events and is known for his impressive talks and strong promotion of Linux. Hall is also the executive director of Linux International (LI). In this interview he explains his version of what a Linux "evangelist" does and makes some predictions about Linux's future.
LinuxWorld.com: You are Director of Linux Evangelism in VA Linux Systems. It must be a great thing to get money for being an evangelist. Could you tell us what the term "Linux evangelism" means to you?
maddog: Linux evangelism means going out and promoting the Linux operating system. This is different from promoting open source or even free software. While I am a fan of both of those myself, I do not agree that all applications have to be open source, nor do I agree that all applications have to be freely available. I do feel very strongly that all platform code necessary for an application to run (including compilers and even some debugging tools) should be both freely available and open source.