Rich is a long time contributor, developer, advocate, and author of the Open Source and Linux communities. In years past he’s spent time both contributing to and leading various projects within the Ubuntu, KDE, and Debian communities. After serving 8 years United States Navy, he got in to working as a developer in the control’s automation field. From there he grew fond of the system’s administration world and worked for small hosting companies all the way up to one of USA’s largest data centers. While building out systems for the data centers he became heavily involved in the hardware engineering world and started modifying off-the-shelf hardware to meet his standards. Then around 2005 he became interested in development again and dove in, some would say over his head, in Open Source software development. In his spare time he is a budding entrepreneur, a wanna-be cyclist, avid outdoorsman, and a future session guitar player.