Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The best ideas are just as likely to spring from the users and developers of Debian, Gentoo, Arch or PCLinuxOS, who are contributing for fun, to 'scratch an itch', or just because they can - as they are from the better known and better publicised distributions and sponsors.
The informality of the free software model, and its ability to allow participants to find their own level, encourages innovation and the spread of ideas. Community led distributions are just as important to the success of GNU/Linux as Ubuntu or SUSE or Red Hat.
I love to package
PCLinuxOS is a community driven distribution of GNU/Linux, which began in 2003 with the objective of creating a Linux that was radically simple, "worked out of the box, looked fabulous and didn't require a technical degree from college to get it working."