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Unsung Heroes of Open Source Software?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the those-deserving-recognition dept.

Software 601

Yaztromo asks: "Sometimes, as an Open Source Software developer, I wonder if anyone out there is actually noticing the contributions I make to the software they're running. This got me thinking today -- how many Open Source Software packages am I running without knowing or applauding those who toiled in the background to developed them? We all know about personalities like Richard M. Stallman and Linus Torvalds, but there are a lot of unsung heroes of Open Source out there whose names may not be on the tips of everyones tongues. But perhaps they should be. They may be wizard coders, or amazing project administrators, or they provide fantastic support. Maybe they do all three, and more. Or maybe they're the person in your organization who pushed an Open Source solution in the face of an entrenched closed-source solution, and won. Or the one who printed up a whole spindle of Knoppix CD's and handed them out at a user group meeting. So here's you chance: who is your favorite unsung hero of Open Source Software, and why?"

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Don't just mention them... nominate them (5, Informative)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192171)

This is partly what the Open Source Awards [opensource.org] are about. Anyone can nominate [opensource.org] people or projects for awards and $500 Merit Awards are handed out quarterly. You can see the current list of winners [opensource.org] .

Voting will soon get underway for Q3 winners so get nominating!

John.

Re:Don't just mention them... nominate them (-1, Troll)

CmdrGoatse (800104) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192364)

my personal hero :) [mytheme.com]

Me, (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192174)

myself and I. Of course, my dear!

Al Gore (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192176)

Inventor of the internet... 'nuf said

The Penguin is a villian (-1, Offtopic)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192177)

In Microsoft and Batman's views.

Bill Gates... (5, Funny)

inkdesign (7389) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192181)

Thanks for making it necessary buddy!

Fuck off, mods (-1, Redundant)

Ass, Ltd. Ho! (714400) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192185)

I'm pissed at the mods because I have made *4* legitimate fucking comments lately, and only one was modded up. Another was modded down just because I suggested that the almighty fucking TiVo might be in trouble.

So fuck you.

This better be first post.

Calm down! (1, Interesting)

doodlelogic (773522) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192269)

If you are nice to people, they will help you in return. The theory of co-operation is what open-source is all about. Slashdot mods themselves perhaps deserve an award, can't be easy browsing at 0 or -1 to spot the gems among the AC's.

p.s. yfi

CowboyNeal, of course! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192189)

CowboyNeal, of course!

dumb question.

Unsung sexy helpers! (4, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192200)

All those random people that have single lines in software changelogs... Take this [sourceforge.net] for example. There's a project that helped get support for a popular USB camera out into the wild.

Look all the way at the bottom. There's one guy there that did a TON for the community ;-) I hear he's really sexy too!

Re:Unsung sexy helpers! (3, Funny)

Cat_Byte (621676) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192294)

Thanks to Razvan Surdulescu for kicking me back into action.

I wanna be thanked for kicking people too!

Re:Unsung sexy helpers! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192308)

"I hear he's really sexy too!"

I heard he was a convicted child molester.

Re:Unsung sexy helpers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192504)

That would explain why garcia finds him so sexy.

Obligatory Comment (0, Redundant)

BalorTFL (766196) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192205)

ME!!! Just wanted to beat the rush... we all knew it was coming.

Re:Obligatory Comment (1)

savagedome (742194) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192343)

Of course. WindowsME definitely is one of the unsung heroes of Open Source.

A True Open Source Hero is... (2, Funny)

vfc (792758) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192211)

Bill Gates, for encouraging thousands of people, including myself, to look towards open source...

Re:A True Open Source Hero is... (2, Insightful)

seizure (811612) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192477)

perhaps you have forgotten what gates wrote in his open letter to Hobbiyists

".As the majority of hobbyists must be aware, most of you steal your software.........Most directly, the thing you do is theft."

Wrong! :A True Open Source Hero is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192537)

HP. For making proprietary printer software that pissed RMS off.

Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it.

They're all to busy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192221)

playing games on their Windows boxes.

"Everyone" (3, Insightful)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192227)

"unsung heroes of Open Source out there whose names may not be on the tips of everyones tongues"

Define "everyone". Ask mom who Bill Gates is and she'll probably know. Ask mom who Linus Torvalds is and expect a blank stare.

Re:"Everyone" (1)

arose (644256) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192484)

Ask IBM who Linux Torvaldes [ibm.com] is.

Eric Andreychek (4, Informative)

donnyspi (701349) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192234)

We're using Eric's Openthought software [openthought.net] at work. It's great and saves $$$.

karma bait (0, Redundant)

Khyron (8855) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192235)

Commander Taco!
Roblimo!
Cowboy Neal!

Gene Spafford (5, Informative)

Kurt Wall (677000) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192237)

...who did a lot of gratis work on Usenet long before most people could even spell I-n-t-e-r-n-e-t.

Re:Gene Spafford (1)

n9uxu8 (729360) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192412)

Ah...the Spaff! Christ I remember his computer security lecture back in my first Purdue computer course...interesting fellow....

Dave

cjk input (2, Interesting)

sakura the mc (795726) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192240)

the dudes that came up with canna and kinput, do they count?

The Samba Team (4, Informative)

lkaos (187507) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192245)

Why the Samba Team [samba.org] of course. Where would we be without it?

Re:The Samba Team (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192439)

OK, Offtopic sig reply and all that, BUT:

You're making me miffed with that func((b += 3, b)); stuff. I tested this on my C compiler and it compiles and runs. In fact, this works with any number of elements in a list of this sort. The last element in the commazized list becomes the parameter that is passed to the function, while the others are just evaluated (apparently after the function call, which is what your snippet is demonstrating).

I didn't know this! Amazing that you can work with C so long without learning stuff like this. Admittedly, it's very stupid stuff, but still new. I can't think of a reason to use this. Why not just put the superfluous stuff outside the function call, which is where they belong?

Anyway, I'm off to rearrange my brain now.

Re:The Samba Team (2, Informative)

Sexy Bern (596779) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192489)

Andrew Tridgell [samba.org] is my hero.

Samba, rsync, ccache(? - possibly wrong on that). I love him and I want his babies.

Definately Roland "Blood-bath" McGrath (5, Informative)

bdrasin (17319) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192249)

Primary author of the GNU libc, co-author of GNU make...also of Hurd (for what its worth).

Also a very cool, unassuming guy.

Re:Definately Roland "Blood-bath" McGrath (2, Informative)

AxelTorvalds (544851) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192444)

Amen. and Mark Mitchell who does tons on GCC.

Red Demon (2, Informative)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192250)

i like the mascot of freebsd, always a good motivator, and heavily underrated.

Re:Red Demon (3, Funny)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192304)

Do you mean Ceren [spilth.org] ?

Donald Becker (5, Informative)

duffbeer703 (177751) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192254)

This guy is the ethernet driver guru.

It may not seem relevant now, but there was a time when you had to hunt around for a linux-compatable ethernet driver.

Re:Donald Becker (4, Funny)

kaszeta (322161) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192402)

This guy is the ethernet driver guru. And the co-founder of the Beowulf project, without which we would've never had the "imagine a Beowulf cluster of these" comments that we soooo love.

Re:Donald Becker (1)

Vilim (615798) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192482)

Agreed, he wrote the original 8139too driver which I run on 2 out of my 3 machines

Closed source devs? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192256)

What about the closed source "heroes"???

I know that this is slashdot, but some Closed Source devs really deserve our respect too...

Re:Closed source devs? (2, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192474)

Why's that flamebait?

Most of the most brilliant programmers out there did it for a paycheck every week.

Is the guy who wrote mIRC less worthy of respect than the guy who maintains X-chat? At least he was smart enough to be able to make a carreer out of his hobby, and is the guy most responsible for the popularity of IRC in the first place.

Re:Closed source devs? (2, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192520)

Yes, they deserve our respect, but they get their reward in the money we pay for their work. If you want to get them some public kudos, why not submit an article asking for their names?

Some people may not like this selection... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192263)

Branden Robinson and Debian's X Strike Force.

For all the crap I'm sure he's had to put up with, I gotta give him props for his effort. Thanks, Branden!

Riastradh (1)

johnnyb (4816) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192266)

For helping out all of us Schemer's learn the more advanced stuff on IRC. I don't think the guy ever sleeps!

Heres to you! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192267)

Papa John, Dominoes, Pizza Hut, and the #1 Super China Buffet delivery guy! They make it possible. As well as Corona. but i digress.

Re:Heres to you! (1)

Breity (611411) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192398)

Right On! i know my delivery drivers by name, and they know to walk on in. Course, one of em is me little brother... Not so little anymore :(

Larry Jones & Mark Baushke, CVS mailing list g (4, Informative)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192272)

Both those guys have answered countless questions ranging from the sublime (complex branching problems) to the ridiculous (why doesn't WinCVS work for me?). Props also to Derek Price, who does the releases.

All the more kudos go to these guys since CVS is slowly being superceded by Subversion; Derek, Larry, and Mark are essentially doing the thankless job of legacy tech support.

Russ Nelson (4, Funny)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192278)

I hesitated for about two seconds before nominating myself. I mean, if I don't believe in myself, who else would, or should?
-russ

Re:Russ Nelson (3, Insightful)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192325)

> I hesitated for about two seconds
> before nominating myself.

I second this nomination - Russ helps lots of people out on the QMail mailing lists. Props!

Re:Russ Nelson (1)

e9th (652576) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192415)

Yup. If you've ever asked an intelligent question of the qmail list, you know who Russ Nelson is. And he has written and freely given tons of spiffy software to the community.

Re:Russ Nelson (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192527)

Weren't you the guy who gave us the DOS packet driver collection, that used to be the way we connected our DOS/Windows machines to the Internet?

Good work, Russ!

(some of us old guys remember)

Sometimes it's the evangelists. (4, Interesting)

abiggerhammer (753022) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192281)

I don't think he does much open-source development himself, but the person who introduced me to OSS was a guy named Randall Severy [cyberteams.com] , whom I met through the Artemis Society. His company actually develops proprietary content-management systems, but when I was in the Arctic and needed to do an Internet audio broadcast [livejournal.com] , he helped me come up with a free, open-source way to do it after our field sysadmin said "no way."

That incident has always symbolised the entire Open Source movement to me -- distributed thinking and determination coming up with a powerful solution, despite all the naysayers' opinions.

I know one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192284)

Linux Tro..
oh wait..this is unsung..not sung..ma bad.

I don't know that he's so much a hero, but (2, Informative)

Lank (19922) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192286)

David Cross [rpi.edu] is definitely one of the lesser known hackers of the world. But he's contributed to FreeBSD and fixed bugs with NFS - he's also doing a little filesystem work in his free time.. He's really the guy that keeps everything running smoothly in the RPI Computer Science Department. [rpi.edu] So I'll just give him a tip of my hat and be on my way.

Darl McBride (1)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192295)

Through his and SCO's efforts he has helped explain what Open Source Software is as well as help quantify its value. Thanks to the various lawsuits, I have seen a perception within my company (Celestica) of Open Source from being "Free" (as in beer) to a collaborative effort by many individuals working on the same goal.

myke

Re:Darl McBride / Second this (2, Interesting)

mr_z_beeblebrox (591077) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192475)

I agree. A while back we were upgrading our Unixware servers and got invited to a resellers function where many people were spouting Darls script. At the time my boss thought linux = atari or something. Afterwards, he said "wow, they're a bunch of rabid nuts" regarding the scox team. We upgraded to RH Enterprise.
Thanks, Darl...you make Linux what it is

XFree86 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192296)

I dont know the names of anyone behind the XFree86 project although it is one of the most important components of an Open Source OS.

Donald Becker (5, Insightful)

nhtshot (198470) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192298)

cd /usr/src/linux
cat $(find ./) |grep Donald Becker

or even
dmesg |grep Donald Becker

Just in /drivers there are 232 comments with his name.

Re:Donald Becker (5, Funny)

BeesTea (580793) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192360)

And only 4 that contain no vulgarity =)

umm (2, Insightful)

dotslasher_sri (762515) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192305)

umm, the users : )

Re:umm (1)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192385)

Why is it that software clients are always lumped together with drug abusers?

tomcat developers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192306)

I'd like to thank the tomcat developers for all their hardwork. How long will it take for IIS to get built in session replication and truly open platform? I'm gonna guess, when hell freezes over.

UNSUNG HERO of OPEN SORES... (1)

herbert_axelrod (554087) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192313)

Miguel De Icaza (rumored to be gay)

too much freedom? (4, Funny)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192314)

Like it or not, RMS is a sung [gnu.org] hero of OSS.

Sven Guckes (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192328)

Tireless promoter of Mutt and Vim, and a really nice guy even after all these years of abuse from the n00bs.

Myk Melez, for Forumzilla (2, Informative)

berniegoetz (775612) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192334)

Without a doubt, this (http://forumzilla.mozdev.org/ [mozdev.org] ) has made my online life easier... Thanks, Myk!

Sorry.... (1)

Tingler (56229) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192335)

But you ain't a hero until you have an action figure made in your likeness.

Booyah! [geekculture.com]

Jim Trocki (1)

sbackholm (203315) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192337)

Jim Trocki would be near the top of my list. Jim is the creator of mon http://www.kernel.org/software/mon/ [kernel.org] and he uses vi.

Bram Moolenaar... (5, Funny)

kahei (466208) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192344)

...the author of vim.

I have no idea what kind of software that 'Stallman' fellow has written, although I wish him luck -- maybe his project will catch on.

Re:Bram Moolenaar... (1)

AxelTorvalds (544851) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192410)

And a-a-p... The coolest make replacement. a-a-p [a-a-p.org] .

Re:Bram Moolenaar... (2, Insightful)

jobsagoodun (669748) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192432)

Stallman wrote GCC and an editor thingy called emacs which suffers from not being vim!

my vote... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192351)

Alexander Viro, a linux kernel hacker.
Know mainly for being the "VFS maintainer", he's a great C coder. He's also know for being a "bit" tough with bad code (and with people who write it). I (and may other people) admire him, because of things like this: http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8 &c2coff=1&safe=off&selm=891kot%247uj%40weyl.math.p su.edu&rnum=1 [google.com]

WGET!!! (4, Insightful)

cexshun (770970) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192356)

Hrvoje Niksic
Designed and implemented Wget.
Personally, I feel wget is the greatest software every to hit the GNU/Linux desktop!

LTSP (1)

fencerf (470753) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192367)

Jim McQuillan deserves a lot of thanks for making such a solid product. He is most helpful.

In the KDE world... (4, Interesting)

sultanoslack (320583) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192376)

We basically have no heros in the sense of this article. Despite being one of the largest (quite possibly the largest) and most visible OSS comunities it's become something of a distinctive property of our community that we don't have someone that's out there making a lot of noise.

I'm not sure what really defines a hero; in fact most of our "heros" in the F/OSS community probably aren't those who have contributed the most. More often they're just the guys that are stark-raving-mad and don't want anyone to miss the circus.

John Levon, the LyX Qt don, gets my nod (1)

anandrajan (86137) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192542)

Without John Levon [uklinux.net] , there is no (present day) Qt GUI for LyX - The Document Processor. And I, along with many others found the earlier XForms GUI for LyX to be unusable. Thanks John for making LyX usable.

Heros? Check ego at door! (-1, Flamebait)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192388)

I'd much rather get a paycheck than the adulation of a bunch of zitty 13 year olds in moms basement scraping the last drops of vaseline out of the jar with their cheeto encrusted fingertips.

Re:Heros? Check ego at door! (1)

Stud1y (598856) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192453)

oh, havens no, someone who writes code for a living...! seriously. i like my paycheck. why would i want to give away all my work?

I vote for Chad Dickerson (1)

smitty45 (657682) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192392)

Chad's columns and weblog prove that CTOs do NOT have to be PHBs, or void of coding skills. He basically brought OpenSource to a good part of the online publishing world.

http://weblog.infoworld.com/dickerson/

There's still some of his code running on Salon's mod_perl-based publishing system.

The USSG at Indiana University (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192397)

The Unix Systems Support Group [iu.edu] at Indiana University for spending thousands upon thousands of dollars a year to get software into the hands of people around the world.

if you want fame and fortune (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192404)

then why are you involved in a policy that is inherently collective. open source is not about heros or singing about them, open source is a form of generosity, if you expect something in return then you're barking up the wrong tree.

the best work is a labor of love, enjoying what you do is worth more than all the worlds' accolades. if your effort is genuine and your contribution is worthy then you will be reccognized without having to flap your flippers.

Bram and Patrick - The Old Guard (1)

orbitor (166566) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192405)

Where would any of us be without Vim? And the one of best Unix like, zealot neutral, Linux distribution on the planet?

Playing Cards (2, Interesting)

jomegat (706411) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192409)

I think it'd be cool to have a deck of playing cards featuring Open Source Heros. Like the deck the U.S. made featuring Saddam et al.

best free software hero, ever? (1)

TurtlesAllTheWayDown (688108) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192414)

Former United States President John F. Kennedy [tr1tium.com] !

CmdrTaco!! (1)

IncarnadineConor (457458) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192437)

I'm not above sucking up for some easy karma.

Sourceforge (5, Interesting)

mmmmmhotpants (800341) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192447)

Sourceforge bridged the gap between open source projects and the general public.

It gave coders the resources they needed to get multi-coder open-source projects to the public.

It gave the public the resources they needed to find the solutions they need and interact with the coders.

Mark Lord. (1)

genixia (220387) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192455)

The success of Linux in the early days owed much its stability and the fact that it could be relied on to not corrupt data. The IDE subsystem *just worked*.

Mark Lord wrote the original IDE drivers and also hdparm.

Re:Mark Lord. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192526)

Just took a course from the man. Props to him, he is an endless font of knowledge and stories.

TFOAE

I wish they'd had this sooner. (5, Interesting)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192462)

My nominee is the late Daniel J. Alderson, of JPL. Everything he wrote was Open Source, because that's the way JPL works. Until fairly recently, they were still using the system he wrote to maneuver spaceprobes, although it waasn't his program that caused the crash on Mars. His software navigated Project Voyager out of the Solar System and into intersteller space. It maneuvered Voyager I behind Titan, giving us the first measurment of its atmosphere.

When he lost his sight to diabetes, I acted as his caregiver and "seeing eye person." I helped him write software tools and subroutines for general use in Project Voyager. I watched him move bytes around absolute memory addresses in FORTRAN 77, although the language was supposed to prevent this. He was, as Jerry Pournelle once wrote, "the sane genius." He died in 1988, but he's still one of the greats in my book and in that of everybody who knew him.

I LOVE YOU GUYS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192466)

This thread bought tears to my eyes. This is what its all about. I LOVE YOU GUYS.

Nowhere else they understand the value/idea/efforts of OSS. This is where I come to get that mutual nod.

*sobs hysterically*

Heroes? (1)

KrisCowboy (776288) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192481)

Richard M Stallman and all his GNU band. Linus Torvalds. The softwares I use everyday are: 1. Linux Kernel 2.6.8 2. Emacs 3. GNU Bash 4. GNU Coreutils 5. Mozilla (firefox/thunderbird) Also, I'd like to thank all the Fedora developers. Hoping to see Core 3 soon :-)

Great thought! (1)

Skiron (735617) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192483)

All clap everybody!

The more you think about it, the more you realise more work and man hours has gone into GNU/Linux/FOSS than it did to send man to the moon!

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192491)

The gratitude is a part of the phenomenon in some way.
If you use/contribute, you are a part of a collective.
If you contribute you are appreciated even if nobody knows
explicitly your name.

The satisfaction should come from the context, I guess...

But I can imagine that from an individualistic point
of view this is a big dilemma...

I am to tired now to dive deep into politics
and philosophy... sorry...

Jim WIlkinson (3, Insightful)

rumblin'rabbit (711865) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192492)

I've read articles saying how the Open Source movement started in the early 1990's, or some such blather. But numerical analysts have been putting software into the public domain for almost 5 decades. The ACM, for example, have been publishing code since 1960. And look at LAPACK, EisPack, SparSpak, and no and on and on. And the tradition continues to this day.

Okay, want a name? How about Jim Wilkinson one of the fathers of modern numerical computation. Maybe not unsung, example, but perhaps unknown to most /.'s.

Branden Robinson (1)

psavo (162634) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192499)

Come on, the man who've kept packaging steaming pile of XFree86 for 11 debian architectures. While upstream supported only i386.

(Yup, I do know that he is sharp with his tongue)

Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192502)

OSS isn't about fame and fortune, right? You supposed to write code because you believe software wants to be free (as in beer).

D. Richard Hipp For SQLite (2, Interesting)

kubed (682666) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192509)

D. Richard Hipp [hwaci.com] created SQLite [sqlite.org] , which is now bundled with PHP5. He gives very detailed, personal responses to any questions on the SQLite mailing list. Very nice software and very good support. Thanks Hippster!

List all them? (5, Informative)

BRSloth (578824) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192513)

This will be a troublesome task! There is lots and lots of people that work on a large project and just one guy, with one patch, changed the way the program behave to make it the most useful program yet born. And they don't walk the street with "I wrote that patch" t-shirts.

Maybe some of the unsung heroes really like to remain unsung. And we all just see the PR guys in front of it.

I could list some of guys in the front of it, but I would let a lot of people that really deserve the credits because of it.

Tim Ney (X.org), Keith Packard (Eye-candy master), Havoc Pennington (DBUS hacker), Jeff Waugh (one of the guys behind the change of GNOME), Owen Tayler (GTK maintainer), Guido Von Rossum (Python).

Also all the Mozilla people, all the GCC people, all the Apache people, all the PHP people, all the people I left out in the GNOME project, all the people I left out in the Python project.

I could go on and on and on and would not list everyone that really deserves. Just expanding the people in the "All the foo project" listed above would create a really big list.

Mike Rubel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192532)

Mike Rubel, for developing a simple method to take NetApp style snapshot backups on any Linux server.

http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots /index.html [mikerubel.org]

Steve Jobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#10192533)

Putting BSD on the Mac was another brilliant move by Apple.

Just buy a mac :-)

Real Men of Genius... (1)

wildwood (153376) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192547)

For purposes of organization, all "Real Men of Genius" parodies should be posted under this thread.

This one's for you, Mister Netcraft-Confirms-It's-Dead Guy.

I nominate the BSA. (1)

dameron (307970) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192549)

I know they've done more to drive the adoption of open source software in my workpalce than anything I could have done with catch as catch can advocacy.

Thanks for the audit BSA! I could never have moved our 80% of our servers and 15% of our desktops to Linux without you.

-dameron

---- DailyHaiku.com [dailyhaiku.com] , saying more in 17 syllables than Big Media says all day.

I vote for Bill Joy (5, Insightful)

callipygian-showsyst (631222) | more than 10 years ago | (#10192552)

I think Bill Joy [wikipedia.org] deserves more credit than he gets. After all, he invented "vi" [wikipedia.org] , part of the FreeBSD release. Without vi, no source code would ever have been written!
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