"As a Linux Advocate, I have seen first-hand, the confusion and frustration people have while dealing with Microsoft Windows. Having worked as a Level 3 Tech Support specialist, I know the problems people have with their computers and I also know that Linux can solve 90 percent of them. Efforts such as HeliOS Solutions and Reglue will help bring this viable alternative into the public awareness.
As the founder of The HeliOS Project and now Reglue, I have built an organization that rebuilds and re-purposes computers for disadvantaged children in the Central Texas area at no cost to them. We also see to their ongoing training and proficiency. To date we have built two major computer labs and 9 smaller ones in and around Austin.
I am one of the two founders of the Tux500 project. Bob Moore and I were the driving forces (sorry) behind getting the Tux Penguin on the nose cone of an Indy race car. Our project was highlighted prominently in 11 major newspapers, dozens of minor ones, two major non-tech magazines and dozens of non-linux/tech publications across the Internet.
I have also had the pleasure of working with Larry Cafiero on Lindependence 2008, which has in turn been renamed simply to Lindependence. Lindependence events bring the people of small towns or large groups together to discover the advantages of the Linux Operating System. Over a dozen events have taken place either with our participation or as projects encouraged by our efforts.
My ultimate goal is to bring the Linux Operating System into mainstream public awareness. A child's exposure to technology should never be predicated on the ability to pay for it. I aim to see that it is available to anyone who seeks it.
Specialties: I am a writer with particular talents in the technical and social aspects of GNU/Linux and Free Software, often referred to as FOSS.
I am an adept and proven organizer with an ability to focus large groups toward a common goal and seeing to it that all goals are successfully met. I have developed strong and friendly contacts across the technical specrturn and am welcomed in approaching them with ideas, partnerships and collaboration efforts."
Aioanei has written extensively covering Open Source, BSD and Linux for Linux Today, Linux Gazette, Open Logic, and openSUSE technology blog websites.
Pete has been of considerable help in setting up the site, acting in a system administrator capacity. He is currently Editor, Writer at RefuGeeks, a part-time Professor and bass player.
Simon Phipps is CEO of Meshed Insights Ltd, a UK firm offering management services related to open source and digital rights. He is also currently President of the Open Source Initiative and acting interim CEO of the MariaDB Foundation. His career has included early engagement in establishing Java, XML and weblogs as computer industry technologies as well as contributions to open standards in a variety of fields. As chief open source officer at Sun Microsystems he supervised the liberation of Solaris Unix, Java and many other software systems. His personal blog ishttp://webmink.com