Jim Zemlin’s TED Talk on Linux

Just a quick post today. I wanted to share an interesting video with you all. It’s a TED talk by the executive director of the Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin. Apparently it’s been out for a while, the YouTube post says 3 or 4 months, but I’d never seen it until a Linux Outlaws listener recently sent it our way. It’s about 16mins long and well worth watching. The talk is titled “What The Tech Industry Has Learned From Linus Torvalds”. Jim’s a great speaker and I think the talk is a good introduction to what Linux is and how it came to be for the novice. He’s a little fuzzy around terms like “free software” at times which I know will anger some people, but I think he deserves a break. Getting into a detailed discussion of the 4 freedoms wouldn’t exactly draw in those who’ve never considered Linux. There isn’t much time in a slot like this either. See what you think and share this with others who might be interested.

Now that you’ve seen this video this also gives me a chance for some gratuitous name dropping. I met Jim Zemlin at the first ever LinuxCon event back in 2009 in Portland, Oregon. He seemed like a really nice guy and while I couldn’t say we’re friends he is close to some respected friends of mine. I’m not surprised he did this talk but I’m glad he did. Incidentally while I’m name dropping I also met Linus Torvalds at the same event. He also seemed like a nice guy, despite his spiky reputation. During our short 5 minute conversation he didn’t call me an idiot or swear once. I can see why he doesn’t like being harassed by fans at events, but he did a good job of fielding questions and much attention from star struck geeks. He’s an engineer, he wants to be in his basement writing code and not on a stage doing PR. I can understand that. Seems Jim has the PR side of things covered anyway.

Hope you enjoyed the video, ciao,

Dan

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