Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Portrait: GNOME Foundation's Dave Neary

Filed under
Interviews

Many free software advocates make a name for themselves by being involved with a single project. Dave Neary casts a wider net. He is a GNOME Foundation member, community manager of the OpenWengo project, and a former contributor to the GIMP project.

Neary, the oldest of five kids, describes himself as "farm-boy redneck at heart" who caught the computer bug at an early age. "I had my first experience with computers in school -- a row of Apple IIes that had a BASIC interpreter built in. I had a teacher who loved computers and used to enjoy teaching us to peek and poke.... I got a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K +2 at home with a cruddy monochrome monitor when I was around 13. I mostly played games on it, but I also messed about with BASIC on there too; as I got older I got a kick out of rendering Mandelbrot and Julia sets."

Neary says his introduction to free software came later, while he was working on a postgraduate research project at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.

"The project I was working on wouldn't compile or run properly under Windows (something about the paging in the memory model) so I was doing must of my work remotely through xterms on the department's Sun workstations. Emmet Caulfield convinced me that I'd be better off with my own personal Linux workstation, so I finally gave in and bought Linux for Dummies, which included an install CD for Red Hat 5.0.... A month later, I was up and running with my new shiny FVWM 95 desktop."

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Tile’s tiny Bluetooth stuff-tracker now works with Android

The Android app, which hits Google's Play Store today, will work with every Tile the company has shipped so far. It's a different story in terms of what phones it works with, with the app requiring Android 4.4 KitKat or higher, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. Tile says it's also only optimized its software for a handful of phones, including Samsung's Galaxy S5, the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, HTC One, and HTC One M8. Read more

Raspberry Pi's Gallium3D Driver Could Now Run Significantly Faster

Eric Anholt, the lead developer developer behind the Broadcom VC4 Mesa/Gallium3D driver stack for supporting the Raspberry Pi, has announced a new performance achievement. Eric implemented a user-space buffer object cache for the Gallium3D driver. This buffer object cache is designed after the user-space cache he designed for Intel's driver while being employed by them. This cache reuses buffer objects that haven't been shared to other processes and frees buffer objects that have been in the cache unused for over one second. Read more

Red Hot Red Hat, Mageia Gives Back, and Linux Awards

Today in Linux news, the Mint project announced the release candidate for 17.1 KDE. In other news the Mageia project donates 250€ to GCompris and TheStreet says Red Hat stock is poised to become "red hot" in 2015. LinuxQuestions.org announced their 2014 Members Choice Awards today and Bruce Byfield has some tips for KDE users. Read more