These days it is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing, and between events and lectures were organized for this purpose there was a singular by Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall , one of the greatest evangelists of Linux drivers and since it appeared.
Hall, 61 years old, is the current executive director of Linux International, an NGO that supports and promotes the use of Linux and Open Source, and wrote a message titled “ In honor of Alan Turing a message from the sponsor “, published in Linux Magazine and in which said Turing was one of his heroes .
As many of you know, Alan Turing was the English mathematician who helped a crucial to unravel the Enigma codes during World War II, which saved thousands-maybe millions-of lives in that conflict. Turing died prematurely after admitting he was gay , as the government of that time forced him to undergo chemical castration treatment would end up having dramatic effects on their health, although the causes of death -some evidence suggests that committed suicide, but others point to an accident, never have come to clarify.
Hall paid tribute
admitting that he too was gay: “ My sexuality is not an important part of my life, but started earlier this year to donate to the campaign for marriage equality in New Hampshire “. The situation was urging him to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality , something the Linux world guru wanted to do as a small tribute to Alan Turing.
Fortunately, times have changed, because what happened was really unfortunate Turing .
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