Big Daddy Linux is excited to present a new series – Linux Spotlight. This show is dedicated to showing off the best thing about Linux…the community. The Linux community is comprised of enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds, from developers and distro maintainers to Linux personalities and everyday users. Each of these members plays a big role in the community. The goal of Linux Spotlight is to have a discussion with these individuals about their journey into Linux and beyond.
In addition to the videos, there is also an audio version available.
This episode features Colin Brash. Besides being a husband and father of two, Colin is a long time Linux user who got into computers when he was given a 486 PC many years ago. After having some issues, he asked for help and was given some Linux CDs. He tried it and his tinkerer tendencies took over. Before Linux he was interested in sport, including Cricket and 10-pin bowling but nowadays he spends his free time distro hopping and making YouTube videos.
Despite interruptions (see outtakes at the end), Rocco managed to interview the amazing Ell Marquez. She didn’t have a strong interest in computers and hadn’t heard until attending the Linux for Ladies program and became a Linux sysadmin. She’s new to desktop Linux but jumped in with both feet as the Community Architect at and a co-host of the podcast. She has a firm belief in the importance of mentorship and paying it forward.
Rocco interviews Elizabeth K. Joseph aka Lyz about her storied background in Linux and open source. From her beginnings in DOS and discovering Linux by way of a Sci-Fi IRC chat to systems administration to her current role as a Developer Advocate at IBM working on Linux for mainframes. She has contributed to numerous open source projects and is an advocate for open access to technology and the Internet.
English Bob aka “EB” is a well-known, respected, and sometimes feared (not really…we love him) personality in the Linux community. He is first a husband and father and second a passionate Linux advocate who particularly likes distros starting with the letter P. His early aspirations of becoming a salesman weren’t meant to be as life steered him toward his real strenghts, working with people and fostering community.