Hi all. For more about me, biographically speaking, you can visit [http://larrythefreesoftwareguy.wordpress.com/about].
But why I'm here: I'm a journalist who backed into FOSS last year during a campaign as the Green Party's candidate for Insurance Commissioner in California, finding that I could do just as much with free/open source software than I could with commercial software.
The philosophical and social ramifications of free software for all was too intriguing to pass up, so I have become an evangelist for FOSS and I find Ubuntu an excellent vehicle to bring free software to all.
I live in Santa Cruz where I make my living as a copy desk editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. My avocation is to enlighten the masses to GNU/Linux and FOSS, and currently I publish Open Source and Free Software Reporter, now on the web at [http://www.opensourcereporter.net] and scheduled to be in print as a bimonthly magazine in January 2008. Also, I have established HeliOS Solutions West in Felton, Calif. -- a satellite office of HeliOS Solutions in Austin, Texas -- to help convert people to GNU/Linux and FOSS in the area, as well as to provide underprivileged kids and families with computers.