Eric Beyer – Submission Editor
Eric Beyer is a general pediatrician in Canandaigua, New York who has played and worked with computers since the third grade. He has been using Linux regularly for the past ten years and is excited to learn from its awesome community. Eric provides Freedom Penguin with editorial assistance. Reach Eric at cmgbeyer on Google Plus or ‘ebeyer‘ on Twitter.
Matt Hartley – Founder
Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. In addition to writing articles on Linux and open source technology for Datamation.com and OpenLogic.com/wazi, Matt also once served as a co-host for a popular Linux-centric podcast.
Matt has written about various software titles, such as Moodle, Joomla, WordPress, openCRX, Alfresco, Liferay and more. He also has additional Linux experience working with Debian based distributions, openSUSE, CentOS, and Arch Linux.
Joe Collins – Contributor
Joe Collins worked in radio and TV stations for over 20 years where he installed, maintained and programmed computer automation systems. Joe also worked for Gateway Computer for a short time as a Senior Technical Support Professional in the early 2000’s and has offered freelance home computer technical support and repair for over a decade.
Joe is a fan of Ubuntu Linux and Open Source software and recently started offering Ubuntu installation and support for those just starting out with Linux through EzeeLinux.com. The goal of EzeeLinux is to make Linux easy and start them on the right foot so they can have the best experience possible.
Joe lives in historic Portsmouth, VA in a hundred year old house with three cats, three kids and a network of computers built from scrounged parts, all happily running Linux.
Jed Reynolds – Contributor
Jed Reynolds has been known to void warranties and super glue his fingers together. When he is not doing photography or fixing his bike, he can be found being a grey beard programmer analyst for Candela Technologies. Start stalking him at About.me.
Michael Huff – Contributor
Michael Huff is a programmer and data analyst in the healthcare field in Hazard, Kentucky. A Linux enthusiast, he has worked in the IT field for the last seven years. He also has a background in journalism and contributes a weekly tech column to a local newspaper.
He resides in Carrie, Kentucky with his wife Dana, his son Aiden Roth, two rescued dogs and a very capable and deadly three-legged cat.
After several years using Ubuntu and Debian-based distros, he recently ventured into the openSUSE world.
Rob Boudreau – Contributor
Rob started with Linux in 1996, and has been using it exclusively since ’97. A strong advocate of free and open source software (FOSS), he’s never been a programmer, his views are always from the perspective of a user. He actively supports FOSS financially, by contributing documentation, and by helping other users where and when he can.
Bradley Kayl – Contributor
Bradley Kayl has been writing in various media for the last 20 years. He authored the well known graphic novel series, The Red Star, which was nominated for 4 Industry Eisner Awards. He has also written for Marvel Comics, Chaos! Comics, Humanoids Press, Oni Press, Disney, and most recently Brickmoon Fiction. Kayl has recently finished his first novel entitled Coins: The Five Hammers of the Void for Jason Reed Ventures, which can be found at Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. Kayl is currently hammering out his second novel. He is an avid GNU/Linux lover and advocate. You can hit him up here: @Brad_kayl on Twitter or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacob Roecker – Contributor
Jacob Roecker is an addictive hobbyist and Linux user, father of four, veteran, college student who self published three books and dabbles with media production, management, photography, videography, and long distance running. Jacob’s love for Linux comes from its versatility as a tinkering operating system. Jacob has often found the only elegant solutions to some of his tinkering problems have come from the community behind the penguin.
Jacob’s practical about what he uses and when. He often composes on his MacBook Pro because if he was using his Linux desktop machine full time he’d probably never get any work done because he’d be trying out one of the many cool new projects someone just published and shared with the community. Sometimes it’s good to use an OS that doesn’t have as much freedom. LinkedIn
Albert Westra – Contributor
Albert is a Freelance Artist from Spokane, WA whom uses mainly open source software as his main tools. His Goal is to become an independent Graphic Novelist and Illustrator while helping other artists use open source software as their main tools. Albert is a full time Linux user and contributes to the community and other open projects whenever he can.