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John Gilmore

John Gilmore is one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cypherpunks mailing list, and Cygnus Solutions. He created the alt.* hierarchy in Usenet.

As the fifth employee of Sun Microsystems, he accumulated sufficient wealth to take an early retirement and pursue other interests. He is a frequent contributor to free software, and worked on several GNU projects, including maintaining the GNU Debugger.

He owns the domain toad.com. He runs the mail server at toad.com as an open mail relay: the intention being to allow friends who travel to send e-mail through his server. In March 2002, this was in the news since an internet virus[?] had that mail server hardcoded as one of the open mail relays it would use to propagate itself (by sending e-mail to people on the infected machine's mailbox).

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John Gilmore[?] is also the name of a professional jazz trumpeter who performed with Sun Ra and his "Arkestra" for many years.

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