The life and times of Bruce Perens

Summary:Meet Bruce Perens. Perens is a household name in the open source community.

Bruce Perens
Meet Bruce Perens. Perens is a household name in the open source community. In case you don't know the man, here's your chance to see what makes him tick. In our fourth LinuxWorld podcast (download the MP3, or learn how to have them automatically downloaded while you're sleeping), Perens discusses his past, present and future.

In our exclusive audio interview, not only does Perens give an exhaustive lesson on how the patent system must be changed and why that's not such bad news for innovators who are afraid of losing patent protection on their work, the outspoken advocate for the open source community also speculates that Microsoft is still making it difficult for manufacturers of desktop systems to bundle Linux or OpenOffice with their offerings. Also, Perens shares his thoughts regarding the protection from Microsoft that Sun Microsystems has negotiated for itself and, for the first time since I've known him, Perens goes on the record with the details of his acrimonious split with Hewlett-Packard. If you've never heard the ever-eloquent Perens wax philosophical, this is an interview you won't want to miss.

Topics: Open Source


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