Hurley is chief architect of Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, an old-school company that’s been reborn with new-generation thinking. Here’s an information page on Hurley: http://talk.bmc.com/podcasts/podcast-whurley2.html.
Seokchan (Channy) Yun is one of South Korea’s top tech writers. He has written in columns for ZDNet Korea and his own “Channy’s Blog.” He’s a founder of BarcampSeoul and WebAppsCon, and is Asian editorial adviser of Lift Asia. Channy worked for Daum as a technical evangelist for five years and was CTO of Nine4u for seven years.
Moody is an open-source writer, journalist and blogger who started writing about computers in 1982, the Internet in 1994 and free software in 1995. His history of free software and open source, “Rebel Code,” was published in 2001. “Digital Code of Life,” a book about the genomic software that powers everything alive, and the battle to keep it free, came out in 2004.
11Guido van Rossum
Schwartz was president and CEO of Sun Microsystems from 2006 until February 2010, when he resigned after the company was acquired by Oracle for $7.4 billion. Previously, he was co-founder of Lighthouse Design and marketing director for Sun’s JavaSoft division. Schwartz has been a tireless open-source advocate for more than 20 years.
Cox is an assistant professor of computer science at Duke University and a recipient of an NSF Career award and an IBM Faculty Award. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2005. Landon’s current research interests include operating systems, distributed systems and mobile computing.
Torvalds, arguably the world’s most famous computer programmer and also its most famous Finn, is the founder and coordinator of the Linux operating system. Torvalds is now working on the Linux kernel full-time at the Linux Foundation (formerly the Open Source Development Lab), which is based in Beaverton, Ore.
Asay is the new chief operating officer of Canonical, parent company of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, he was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. He is the co-founder of the annual Open Source Business Conference (now in its sixth year) and is a regular blogger on open-source topics for Cnet.
16Miguel de Icaza
De Icaza started the GNOME project in August 1997 with Federico Mena to create a completely free desktop environment and component model for GNU/Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. Earlier, de Icaza had worked on the Midnight Commander file manager, as well as the Linux kernel. He is also the chief administrator for the Mono project, which connects open-source development with Microsoft technology.
Schwartz is a two-decade veteran of the software industry and a noted Perl developer. He has co-authored books on the standards: “Programming Perl,” “Learning Perl,” “Learning Perl for Win32 Systems” and “Effective Perl Learning,” and is a regular columnist for WebTechniques, PerformanceComputing, SysAdmin and Linux magazines.
Johnson is one of the world’s leading authorities on Java and J2EE development. He is a best-selling author, experienced consultant and open-source developer, as well as a popular conference speaker. His best-selling “Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development” (2002) was one of the most influential books published on J2EE. The sequel, “J2EE without EJB” (July 2004, with Juergen Hoeller), has proved almost equally significant, establishing a comprehensive vision for lightweight, post-EJB J2EE development.
Roche is an iPhone developer, open-source advocate and CTO of Foodtree.com. She started ByteStyle.tv in 2009, which developed into a general forum for the tech world—including politics, news and food issues. Roche started her first business (Web-based electronic prescription software) in 1999 and sold it in 2002. Since then, she has been a consultant and director of IT for Comcast HQ, started and sold a wireless (900MHz) Internet Service Provider (ISP), and built a lot of Websites.
O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, one of the largest and most successful computer book publishers in the world. The company also publishes online through the O’Reilly Network and hosts conferences on technology topics. O’Reilly is a frequent speaker at conferences and is a longtime activist for open source, open standards and sensible intellectual property laws.