Talking with Mako - The FSF's newest board member
By barton808 on Dec 20, 2007
At the end of day two of FOSS camp in Cambridge, I was able to grab some time with Benjamin Mako Hill. I had blogged about Mako's appointment to the board of the Free Software Foundation back in July but this was the first time that I really got to meet him. He's quite an amiable guy and very enthusiastic about what he's involved with (it definitely comes through in the interview). Check it out:
Nothing says "passion" like a well stickered laptop.
Who is Mako?
- FSF board member chosen to fill the vacancy left by Eben Moglen
- Former member of the Debian project leadership team
- One of the original 12 picked by Mark Shuttleworth to start Ubuntu.
- A graduate student at MIT's media lab
- First author of "The Official Ubuntu Book"
- First author of the "Debian GNU/Linux 3.x Bible"
Some of the topics we tackle:
- The process of getting accepted onto the board of the FSF
- The daunting task of trying to fill Eben Moglen's shoes
- What it means to be the first board member from the post "GNU generation"
- Being the software guy on the One Laptop Per Child project
- Having been a rebel with too many causes
- The open source/free software "schism"
- UNIX jokes at a cappella shows
Since there is a good chance this will be my last entry of the year, I would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a hau'oli makahiki hou!
Pau for now...