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Meet Fedora Ambassador Larry Cafiero

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This week we look at the Fedora Ambassador Program through the eyes and experience of Fedora Ambassador, Larry Cafiero.

Fedora Ambassadors are experienced contributors to the Fedora Project who are responsible for representing, promoting, and expanding the Fedora Project and its ideals to the larger F/LOSS community and the public at large. - Fedora Ambassador Wiki

Linux Pro Magazine: How and when did you get involved with open source? What was your first Linux distribution? If it wasn’t Fedora when did you begin using Fedora, and why?

Larry Cafiero: You may want to grab a cup of coffee because these three questions require somewhat long answers.

As for how and when: I was the Green Party’s candidate for Insurance Commissioner in California in 2006. During the campaign, I was faced with spending a lot of money on software, and the Greens don’t take corporate donations, so I was at a disadvantage there. I bemoaned the fact that I was going to have to spend a couple of thousand dollars on Adobe products -- Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. -- to Cameron Spitzer, who is the Greens’ IT guy in California and the man who is responsible for me being a FOSS advocate, and he said something to the effect of, “You don’t have to buy anything,” before explaining the philosophy and benefits of Free/Open Source Software. After the campaign, I kind of took a larger interest in FOSS and what it has to offer society.

My first Linux distribution was Debian, and I still like Debian a lot.

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