I have over 30 years of experience with free/open source software. In my day job, I’m a software engineer (currently with Red Hat, working on OpenShift), and I’ve also been a project manager and manager.
I got interested in photography in the mid 1990’s. In 1999, I bought an Epson Stylus Photo EX printer from a friend at the company we were working for at the time, and found no Linux driver available. I did, however, find Mike Sweet’s Print plugin for GIMP, and set about making it work on the EX. I cleaned things up, put it up on SourceForge (at the time, it was the only major hosting site for free software), and soon found a lot of other people interested in FOSS printing. Almost 20 years later, I’m still project lead for Gutenprint, which has long since been a suite of drivers for over 3000 printers rather than just a Print plugin for GIMP.
One of my side hobbies is photographing sports for my alma mater. Primarily as a result of that, I’ve accumulated about 280,000 images totaling the better part of 3 TB, so I’ve needed efficient image management. For many years I’ve used KPhotoAlbum (which was called KimDaBa when I first used it). I’m a developer on that project also, with my primary focus being scalability and performance.
I also enjoy building panoramas with Hugin. It’s a rare vacation that I don’t come back from without at least a dozen or so panorama sequences, which I’ll often shoot spur of the moment hand-held. I’ve become good at getting a clean stitch even with such ad hoc technique.
Gear-wise, I have a collection of Epson printers along with a Canon EOS 7DmkII and a 7D.