Joshua Holm is the kind of guy you want to have on your chat list if you’re ever looking for an open source tool to tackle a task. That’s because he actively keeps up with the latest open source tools and projects because much of his work involves helping people find the right software tool to meet their needs. So if you’re looking for an open source version of something, chances are Joshua can make a recommendation.
Robin Muilwijk is a frequent contributor—he recently wrote Building a scalable open source business model in the 90s and consistently adds insightful commentary to others' articles. He has earned the role of a comment gardner in our community.
He won a 2013 People's Choice Award from the opensource.com community and is one of our new community moderators. Among his many roles in the open source community, he is a contributor to ITK and Director of Science and IP at OSEHRA. He wants Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems to be more open and believes in the open source way because it empowers us to drive change.
He won a 2013 People's Choice Award from the opensource.com community and last year wrote a popular article: Hacker Highschool. Right now, Pete's working on an open source project called, Smarter Safer Better, a study and research (what he calls, neuro-hacking) on trust.
An advocate for "open libraries," Nicole Engard, is one of our new opensource.com community moderators, a long-time contributor, and a 2013 People's Choice Award winner. She has a passion for libraries and wants libraries' core operations to run on open source.
In our schools and our libraries, Carolyn Fox believes we can push for more openness. Just entertaining the idea of it would be a huge step in the right direction for many who aren't aware of the open source movement beyond software that is underfoot.
Erlend Sogge Heggen is an aspiring game developer, who recently contributed his first article to opensource.com: Open source games: It's a team effort. Erlend has jumped right in and started participating with other community members here on the site. He also contributes to the jMonkeyEngine project, a cross-platform 3D game engine.
Congratulations to our first People's Choice Award winner, Máirín Duffy. Máirín is a senior interaction designer at Red Hat. She's highly creative and a great artist, who is also passionate about open source. Read how she used it to introduce middle school students to open source.
Meet David Both. He's a regular contributor to Opensource.com, most notable for his Linux philosophy series. There's so much goodness in this Q&A, including a long list of favorite open source tools, that I'm going to quickly pass the mic over to him. But first...
These "contributor spotlights" are a way for us to shine a light on the people who make up our great community. David once was just a reader, now he's sharing his experiences as a Linux user, and more. If you'd like to share your open source story with us, we'd love to hear from you. See what we're looking for and submit your story to us.
Now, let's hear from David...