Linux, on the other hand, has represented an unmatched opportunity to learn and grow because of the intense human interaction of its vibrating communities. For example, as soon as I joined Mandriva's community forum, I was received as a human being, not as a number. The same happened when I posted my first question in Mageia's blog: the prompt reply giving me direction was refreshing. And I cannot describe the feeling I experienced yesterday when I opened my email to find a follow-up message from a Mageia developer taking care of the bug I reported.
There are people behind Linux who get in contact with you in a way that I never saw during my decade as a Windows user. And these people listen to you. What's more, sometimes they RELY ON YOU!
As a tribute to them, I tried to track some of the pictures of the people behind those Penguin OSs that made my work with computers a more enjoyable experience. So, here they are. These are some of the faces behind Linux:
- Linux Mint's Clement Lefebvre & child (Thanks for your great distro!)
- The always active Texstar (Billy Reynolds), from PCLinuxOS (noticed the cool Mandriva cap?)
- Eugeni Dodonov, now the face of Mandriva, the distro that made me dump Windows
- Anne Nicolas, former Mandriva representative, now Mageia's face.
- Ozan Çağlayan, (GO, Pardus!)
- Warren Woodford, the famous Mepis Guy. (Kudos to you for Mepis 11)
- Sabayon's Fabio Erculiani. (Grazie!)