When Luis responded to Lauren Cooney, and very kindly named RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady as a thought leader (who should be listened to more) he gave me an idea which might be fun. Borrowing the technique from the recent 5 Things About me game, I am going to name my five open source thought leaders, and then nominate five people to name theirs. In no particular order:
Mark Shuttleworth– for driving so hard towards truly free software, and yet focusing so manically on making Linux more usable (Ubuntu: Linux for Human Beings). Its a very unusual combination. I think Mark is the most important man in Linux. Yes, I know…
Lawrence Lessig– for storming the gates of Big Media, DRM and copyright, by creating Creative Commons licensing, which puts the creator of a work in control of how it is used. He is doing as much as anyone to get people to understand the awesome power of the commons and the limitations of proprietary business models.
Linus- enough said.
Martin Mickos – anyone that can put Oracle on the back foot as he has deserves attention. The news that MySQL is going to IPO should be welcome: there is money in commercial open source beyond Red Hat. MySQL powers Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Flickr, Second Life, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Slashdot, Facebook, LiveJournal, Digg, and Del.icio.us.
Jonathan Schwartz– another controversial choice perhaps, but Jonathan has turned Sun around and embracing open source aggressively was a key defibrillator. The firm’s contributions are legion, and Sun doesn’t have the legacy proprietary code base revenues to ringfence that IBM, for example, does.
Who do I nominate to find out their favourites? Dave Shields, Patrick Mueller, Tim Bray, Bob Sutor and Stephen.
gorgeous tag picture (there are more!) courtesy of AM Drake.
I was going to give this a standard tag so I could track whether this spreads or not but i am having some issues with WordPress. if you do play the game please tag your blog entry as 5tagsOSS.