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Beyond FUDCON: Meet Fedora Ambassador Larry Cafiero

Feb 13, 2011, 19:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amber Graner)

[ Thanks to Amber Graner for this link. ]

"Linux Pro Magazine: How and when did you get involved with open source? What was your first Linux distribution? If it wasn't Fedora when did you begin using Fedora, and why?

"Larry Cafiero: You may want to grab a cup of coffee because these three questions require somewhat long answers.

"As for how and when: I was the Green Party's candidate for Insurance Commissioner in California in 2006. During the campaign, I was faced with spending a lot of money on software, and the Greens don't take corporate donations, so I was at a disadvantage there. I bemoaned the fact that I was going to have to spend a couple of thousand dollars on Adobe products -- Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. -- to Cameron Spitzer, who is the Greens' IT guy in California and the man who is responsible for me being a FOSS advocate, and he said something to the effect of, "You don't have to buy anything," before explaining the philosophy and benefits of Free/Open Source Software. After the campaign, I kind of took a larger interest in FOSS and what it has to offer society."

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