Portrait: Rosegarden's D. Michael McIntyre
If there is anything like a "typical" member of the free/open source community, that template is probably nothing like D. Michael McIntyre. By profession a truck driver, McIntyre holds a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages, and he's used his facility with words to document the popular Rosegarden project. He's since gone on to do whatever he sees that needs to be done on the project, and has become an integral part of the Rosegarden team.
McIntyre spent a lot of time during his first year of Linux usage participating in newsgroups, learning more about Linux, and sharing what he learned with others. "I came out of nowhere, asked a number of the usual stupid questions, and quickly turned into something of a phenomenon on alt.os.linux.mandrake as one of the go-to guys for the answers to hard questions. In truth, I had refined the skill of translating the knowledge of real gurus into Newbie Speak, and I saw myself as an interface layer between the clueless n00bs and the people with real answers.