Issue #5 March 2005

Meet the Summit speakers

Open source visionaries will speak during the Summit about their perspectives of the industry. Red Hat Magazine has provided profiles of a few scheduled to speak. Sound intriguing? Register and meet them at the Summit.

Matthew Szulik

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President
Red Hat, Inc.

Following successful public offerings in 1999 and 2000, Red Hat has developed global partnerships with Oracle, IBM, Dell, Intel, and HP to deliver technology based on open source technology. Today, Red Hat is the leading provider of Linux and open source technology to the enterprise and is positioned to be the defining technology company of the 21st century.

Szulik is passionate about improving the educational opportunities for students worldwide through open source, and he is a spokesperson to industry, government, and education leaders on open source computing.

Szulik is the Chairman of the Science and Technology Board for State of North Carolina's Economic Development Board. He is past Chairman and an Executive Director of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association.

Szulik was recently recognized by CIO Magazine with its 20/20 Vision Award.

John Buckman

Founder and CEO, Magnatune

In May 2003, CEO and Founder John Buckman launched Magnatune, an independent, profitable online record label that hand selects its own artists, sells its catalog of music through online downloads and print-on-demand CDs and licenses music for commercial and non-commercial use. Frustrated by the music industry's unfair treatment of artists, Mr. Buckman decided to create an artist-friendly record label that equally shares profits equally with musicians, and helps them with exposure and promotion.

Prior to founding Magnatune, Mr. Buckman founded Lyris Technologies, a software and services company for email marketing, publishing, email filtering and spam prevention, in 1994. The company currently generates $12.1 million annually and employs 45 people.

He began his career in Washington, DC, as a researcher at the think tank the Academy for Advanced and Strategic Studies, and later worked for the Discovery Channel as a programmer. As an entrepreneur, Buckman authored for a number of software products including Audio Atomizer, the Desktop Internet Reference, InfoMagnet and TILE.

Mr. Buckman was born in London, England, and moved to Paris, France, shortly thereafter when his father became an executive for Singer Sewing Machines. He lived in France for nine years, where he learned to play the flamenco guitar at age eight. When his father changed jobs, the family then moved to Chicago for a year, before relocating again to San Francisco at the age of 10, and later to New Haven, Connecticut. At age 13, Mr. Buckman secured his first job at Yale University's Management Information Systems (MIS) department to learn computer programming. While there, he wrote a program to simulate printed handwriting, and a shareware program named "Cassette" that made audiocassette printed insert

Mr. Buckman attended Bates College in Maine and worked at the college radio station, serving the roles of DJ, Jazz program director and eventually music director. Mr. Buckman earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Bates College and a master's degree in Philosophy from the Sorbonne in Paris, Franc

An amateur renaissance lute and viola da gamba player, Mr. Buckman also plays the guitar and bass. Over the years, he has composed a variety of classical, jazz, rock and techno for radio advertising and video uses. As a young musician, he built electric guitars from scratch and had a side business repairing and maintaining guitars for local artists. Mr. Buckman was the founder of the Internet Lute Society and is the Webmaster of the Astor Piazzolla Organization, which promotes the music of the late great Tango composer. He lives in Berkeley, California and London, England, with his musician wife Jan Hanford Buckman.

Martin Fink

Vice President of Linux
Hewlett-Packard Company

Martin Fink has been with HP for more than 11 years, and heads Linux Systems Division for the new HP. He has lead Linux development activities for more than three years, and is responsible for driving HP's overall Linux and open source strategy and managing the firm's open source business processes. Prentice Hall will be publishing Fink's book, "The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source", in September. He is also VP of the Board of Directors for the Open Source Development Lab, a global consortium of industry leaders dedicated to enabling Linux and Linux-based programming for enterprise and carrier-class functionality worldwide. carrier-class functionality worldwide.

Source: Linuxworld 2004 website

Bruce Mau


Bruce Mau began at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He worked in traditional print media for a time afterwards, garnering high praise that included the 1998 Chrysler Award for Design Innovation. He has taught at leading design colleges in Texas, California, Toronto, and Los Angeles and has published several award-winning books, most recently Life Style, published in 2000. Mau is currently focusing on large collaborative multi-discipline art projects and has been part of three of the most massive artistic architectual events of the new century: The MoMA in New York, Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Rem Koolhaus' Seattle Public Library. Mau has worked with Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaus, and other architects to create works of social significance and meaning, a goal of his from the time his workgroup--Mau Design--was created. His Massive Change Exhibition opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on March 11, 2005.

Michael Tiemann

Vice President of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat
Red Hat, Inc.

Michael Tiemann is a true open source software pioneer. He made his first major open source contribution over a decade ago by writing the GNU C++ compiler, the first native-code C++ compiler and debugger. His early work led to the creation of leading open source technologies and the first open source business model.

In 1989, Tiemann's technical expertise and entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Tiemann contributed in a number of roles from President to hacker, helping lead the company from fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader.

Tiemann serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative and the GNOME Foundation. Tiemann also provides financial support to organizations that further the goals of software and programmer freedom, including the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Richard Wirt

Vice President
Intel Senior Fellow
General Manager, Software and Solutions Group
Intel Corporation

Richard Wirt is vice president, Intel Senior Fellow and general manager of Intel Corporation's Software and Solutions Group. The Software and Solutions group is responsible for enabling Intel Architecture products through ISV enabling, solutions enabling, core system software enabling, and providing leading-edge products such as compilers, libraries, and tools that allow customers to get the full performance benefit of Intel architectures.

Wirt received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics. He joined Intel in 1981 as part of the Intel team that worked with IBM on software for the first IBM PC platform. He has been instrumental in creating and enhancing the value of Intel's silicon and platforms through innovation in software technology.

Wirt made extensive contributions in the success of multiple generations of Intel processors and spearheaded early efforts to port UNIX to the Intel Architecture, including Intel-based multiprocessor systems. He was first named an Intel Fellow in 1990 and promoted to an Intel Senior Fellow in 2002, the highest rank for technologists in Intel, for his significant contributions in operating systems and compilers and more recently in getting this support across the Intel processors spanning communications and computing.

He served in the Peace Corps in the sixties and taught mathematics in the South Pacific Islands. Wirt serves on the Open Source Development Lab board that helps set the Linux roadmap for the industry. He also serves on the Board of Advisors in Computer Science and Engineering for both John Hopkins University and University of Illinois. Wirt is a frequent speaker in professional society forums such as Linux World, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Mesa Workshop, and the Intel Developer Forum.