We all forget things from time to time. It happens to the best of us and the worst of us. I have forgotten many things in the past several months (and some may never forgive me, but that’s life attempting to teach me a few lessons), but the one important thing that I have forgotten the most as we are now in the New Year is to give credit where credit is due.
Thank You Bob Moore
Last year was the beginning of a few interesting things for me. One of them was the initiation of the Tux500 Project, an attempt to have Tux plastered on an Indy500 car. Bob was the guy who started the effort to raise enough money to have that logo on a race car for millions of fans watching at the track or on television and listening on the radio. The negative backlash is not what is important at this point. What was important was the fact that were it not for me going through every *nix distribution on DistroWatch in an attempt to communicate with the webmasters and/or developers on those sites, I never would have stumbled upon the NimbleX site, and I never would have met Bogdan, the main developer of such an interesting distribution. I also would not have learned the hard way that not everyone appreciates PDF attachments in their e-mail. I was able to connect to more people because of it. Thanks goes to Bob Moore for such an inspiring idea.
Thank You Cathy Malmrose
The CEO of ZaReason is destroying stereotypes with every passing day. Contrary to what some may believe, women can work with technology, and as far as I am concerned, more women need to be in technology. Many of them are able to take note of even the slightest detail. She loves the idea of sharing software with the world and allowing others to contribute to such a positive undertaking. Thank you Cathy for all that you do and continue to do. Also, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day so that I could interview you. The experience was quite wonderful and enlightening.
Thank You Devnet
When it came to off the wall accusations against you, I was quite surprised. You see, I know of the concept of friends over the web, but how many of them are in regular contact on the phone? Not very many. You and helios have not allowed other forms of conflict to hamper your friendship, and that is a trait I truly admire. When it came to a fellow FOSS enthusiast being accused of wrong-doing, you were fair about the whole ordeal and did not allow bias to skew your judgment. That is quite commendable.
Thank You helios
Were it not for your blog entry on changing an entire company over to a *nix platform in defiance of the Business Software Alliance, I never would have encountered you. I was doing a story on the dark side of Microsoft when I stumbled upon that entry. I was reading, and was quite interested. You are one of the few people in life who has shown a great amount of patience, and I am one of the most annoying people on the face of the planet. Thanks so much for not screaming at me ever and for being such a powerful comrade in the fight for software freedom. There is quite a ways to go yet, but were it not for efforts such as yours, we would not be in the position we are in right now.
And Finally, Thank You Justin Breithaupt
I was doing a show on TruthNet Radio Network. It was a live show via Skype and I was of course promoting Tux500, which I believe is how I first encountered you. It was incredible. I was floundering really badly. You called in to the show and made the rest of it great. You sold me an excellent notebook after doing hour after hour of research into what would be the best for the lowest price. You under-charged me. 😉
Thanks everyone, and may this year be the start of all of us taking the initiative to further promote freedom from Microsoft. Stay tuned, for I am going to announce a project that will be independent and help other projects at the same time. 🙂