I started working with open source by running Linux in 1997. I was intrigued by the idea of an operating system made entirely from code created by online, collaborative communities. I started with Slackware but soon jumped over to what was then Red Hat Linux. After several years of using Linux at both home and professionally, I jumped into the Fedora Project as a contributor to user documentation and tools, starting in 2003.
Eventually I was leading the docs team as a volunteer contributor. In late 2007 I received a call from then Fedora Project Leader Max Spevack, who was looking to bring on a successor full-time at Red Hat, the project’s main sponsor. Not wanting to later regret a golden opportunity, I left one successful career and started what became another. As FPL I helped lead a community of hundreds of active contributors building, integrating, evangelizing, and educating about Fedora and open source technologies.
I served as FPL for two and a half fun and challenging years. After this, I transitioned to a job working as an engineering manager, coordinating development for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 product over the course of four years. Starting in late 2013 I began managing the Fedora Engineering team for Red Hat. At the beginning of 2018 I moved to a new management role that oversees Fedora, CentOS, and numerous additional engineers in the Platform department.
I’m also the principal author of PulseCaster, a free software audio tool for novice podcasters, and a frequent contributor to Fedora Magazine. I write quite a bit about my current tech projects and musings at my blog on this site.