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Todd WeaverFounder & CEO
Serial entrepreneur and successful businessman, Todd has been recognized for his visionary strategy, technical leadership, and relentless drive, with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, using, installing, and promoting Free Software. Todd has consistently predicted market directions and executed disruptive technologies in a wide range of industries, including in-store entertainment, collaborative financial solutions, and starting the first online cable company.
Todd has a deep understanding of the hardware manufacturing process, and an unwavering belief for users to retain their essential freedoms via free software, making Purism (the marriage of high quality hardware and free software), his most ambitious, disruptive, and exciting venture yet.
IRC nickname: todd_at_purism
PGP Fingerprint: B8CA ACEA D949 30F1 23C4 642C 23CF 2E3D 2545 14F7
Emerging from the realms of Debian, with its strict ethical adherence to user freedom, Zlatan is a die-hard Free software advocate that blends perfectly into Purism.
Zlatan worked in many I.T. industries: electronics, web development, software architecture, 3D printing, games. The combination of his decade-long mechanical/ mechatronic engineering background and software/ system engineering background shows how wide-ranging his expertise is.
His dedication towards Free Software has one key goal: bringing freedom to users. As a long-time community member, he encourages everybody to join him in designing a future where we truly own our devices.
IRC nickname: zlatan
PGP Fingerprint: 4487 F013 7084 6B6D E1FF 897D 7C2F 555A 1161 81D4
Matthias KlumppPureOS Developer
Matthias is a neuroscientist and experienced free software developer, involved since 2008 in cross-distribution and cross-desktop projects through Freedesktop. He is a GNOME and KDE member, as well as Debian developer. In 2013 he founded the Tanglu Debian derivative and wrote tools to make building Debian derivatives easier. Matthias is also involved in the app bundling and sandboxing efforts, having worked in this field for a long time as the author of the Limba bundling system. He is the current maintainer of the AppStream metadata specification, which is the basis for all FLOSS software centers.
His knowledge of infrastructure, distribution-building, Linux desktops and software bundling will help PureOS achieve its goals faster.
IRC nickname: ximion
PGP Fingerprint: 7292 7DBA 2BEE A246 FC99 AE56 13FB 781C 3D4A 3A0F
James RuferDirector of Product
James' chief desire is to make Pure OS easier and more comfortable to operate for the average computer user—to make privacy and security compelling, software provided with Purism devices should "just work". As we learn more and more about how our behavior and activities are tracked, monitored, packaged and resold, James believes that free software and hardware are increasingly needed to keep everyday activities private and secure—in order to eliminate the pervasive feeling that someone is watching over our shoulder.
IRC nickname: james-at-purism
PGP Fingerprint: 317C 586A BC03 6C53 C521 1F8E 7CAB 1A1E 57C2 B71D
Jeff represents the rare combination of a strong business flair, a background in psychology, interdisciplinary creative talent, and strong street credentials as an esteemed Free & Open-Source software contributor for over a decade. Jeff has owned and operated a business management & marketing consultancy company for years, serving organizations in multiple industries (I.T., education & research, transportation, healthcare, natural resources, non-profits, construction, facility management, consulting, etc.). He craves challenges and strives for excellence wherever he goes, taking the time to analyze the market and devise compelling solutions to genuinely connect with prospects and customers.
IRC nickname: jeff-at-purism
PGP Fingerprint: FAC8 5FBB BCED 2C08 CD82 2776 9C3B D034 1E76 A83A
Having experimented with a wide range of GNU/Linux distributions since 2005, Mladen became an enthusiastic advocate of the FOSS movement and user freedoms in general. Trying his hand at various programming languages, he wrote his own plugins, scripts and utilities, contributing to various FOSS projects, including extensive localization work. His longstanding use of online forums and previous professional experience as a hardware & software serviceman make him a welcome addition to Purism's support team.
In recent years, Mladen's main GNU/Linux distros have been Arch/Parabola and Debian, and most recently PureOS. He is passionate about physics, free software, and good friendships.
IRC nickname: mladen
PGP Fingerprint: 1218 8546 2E42 AF3B 577B 28CC 0307 799D A3F9 F4CB
Goran StevanovićDirector of Operations
Goran's education background is economics, but he is also a technology enthusiast. He first encountered GNU/Linux in the early 2000s, and he really enjoyed the possitility to tinker with it and to configure the OS to his own needs. He also found the philosophy behind the FOSS movement quite appealing, and ever since, he has been promoting the FOSS movement and educating people about it whenever he has a chance.
He has tried many different distributions over the years, learned a few programming languages, and worked as a web designer and developer mainly using FOSS software and technologies.
Goran still enjoys testing and experimenting with various distributions, desktop environments, and other software.
IRC nickname: goran_stevanovic
PGP Fingerprint: 1E24 5FB6 9AC7 32F2 6D2D 2E46 33B7 E516 F813 794D
François TéchenéDirector of Creative
François is a French film maker and animator who dedicates himself to promoting freedom of creativity. He believes that being able to freely access, share, study and improve the essence of anyone's creativity is essential for our global evolution and harmony.
Previously, he mainly used proprietary technologies but has made the leap to using only FLOSS tools for his entire creative workflow, and he's not going back. He believes free technologies are now mature enough to be used in a professional film production environment.
With his programming background, he also contributes to free software projects such as Pencil2D.
He is co-founder of Ethic Cinema, promoting free access to film making creativity and techniques.
IRC nickname: francoist
PGP Fingerprint: 57F1 ED58 E14D 5BA1 FA93 987F 8DC4 2993 34AC 1F2A
Theodotos AndreouSystems Administrator
Theodotos Andreou is an old school Linux Sysadmin with strong experience in managing robust Linux infrastructures.
He is and a passionate FOSS and Digital Rights advocate, and a founding member of the Ubuntucy LOCO and the Cyprus FOSS Community.
IRC nickname: theodotos
PGP Fingerprint: 5074 6246 B1B8 5222 4C0C EF25 5A81 7AAB 8D8D 74BA
Hema PrathabanPureOS Developer
Hema started to use Linux from 2008, she is a woman who loves to code and learn different things. Having been working as intern with Intel through outreach program for women, she has worked on thermal sensor devices. She has worked in emerging companies creating awareness among female students about free/libre and open source software. Guiding them, and educating them to learn about Linux kernel hacking.
She loves to program using C.
IRC nickname: hema
PGP Fingerprint: EF98 A5E7 B456 67CB 14AE B0B8 D0E4 8EFA 77FC A5D4
Youness AlaouiHardware/Kernel/Driver Hacker
Youness, known online mostly as KaKaRoTo, is a Free/Libre Software enthusiast, low-level developer and reverse engineer. Mostly known for his active involvement with the PS3 hacking community, he has founded or contributed to many FOSS projects to promote the development of Homebrew and the return of Linux on the PS3. He has also been involved in many "GNU/Linux desktop" projects, such as aMSN, libnice, Farstream, GStreamer and Cura, GNOME, the EFL, Pidgin, Empathy/Telepathy.
IRC nickname: KaKaRoTo
Stelios MilidonisSystems Administrator
Stelios started using Linux in 2001, and it was love at first sight. He has been involved in the local FOSS community ever since, strongly believing that free software has become a foundation of a learning society where knowledge is shared in a way others can build upon and enjoy.
His skills range from general Linux systems administration, security hardening, web related services, email services, databases, virtualization and networking. He has worked as software developer and is highly skilled in a number of programming languages including C, Perl, Python and bash. Stelios is also obsessive in documenting everything he does—which we certainly appreciate.
IRC nickname: stelios
PGP Fingerprint: 2DDE C99D C1B7 3758 9B12 2879 D32D 41B4 34AF 924F
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