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It was May 15, 1974. The Merritt Conference Room on the Third Floor of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. About two dozen guys had responded to a notice from Lou Katz and Reidar Bornholdt. It was headed:
UNIX USERS MEETING
The "meeting" began at 10:30am and ran till about 5pm. The big feature was "Ken Thompson Speaks."
At a time, over 30 years later, where there are well over 100 Linux
February 1986. I was in Oakland, CA, and Lou Katz, founding president of USENIX, asked me whether I was interested in becoming Executive Director of the organisation. He showed me the ad and the job description. I applied. I was interviewed by Debbie Scherrer, Steve Johnson, and Tom Ferrin. I got the job.
The next three years were the most fun I can imagine anyone having while getting paid for it. We were running 4.2BSD and then 4.3BSD on a VAX 780. Early in 1987 we got a SUN and a 3/60 and two 3/50s.
In 1987, I sponsored the first LISA; the first POSIX workshop; the first C++ workshop. We began the publication of Computing Systems. We sponsored the founding of UUNET by Rick Adams and Mike O'Dell.
If you live in or visit Toronto, I suggest you stop at the Linux Caffe, 326 Harbord, right on the corner of Christie.
davamundo, the proprietor/perpetrator, wrote me after the HLUG meeting, and I took the bus over the other day. It was very cold and very windy, but inside it was quite cozy and the barista served me a fine double espresso.
I noticed a lot of books (for those who like to read and sip), there's wireless, and the menu looked OK, though I didn't sample anything.
But I'm into supporting penguins -- even in the Northern Hemisphere.
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