The Linux community is one of the biggest and most prominent examples of open source software collaboration. Increasingly the community is gaining more recognition, particularly from the UK government, which has made a commitment to the open source movement in its ICT Futures agenda.
Jim Zemlin, as the executive director of The Linux Foundation, campaigns to accelerate the adoption of Linux software. He is widely quoted in the press on open source IT issues, and is a regular keynote speaker at industry events.
Zemlin previously served as the executive director of the Free Standards Group. Beforehand his career lay in marketing, working for a number of SMB software companies, such as Covalent.
Zemlin takes to the Hot Seat, following on the likes of Intel UK manager Graham Palmer, and G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant, as part of V3's weekly insight into what makes those in the IT industry tick.
V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
Jim Zemlin: I'd be a manager of a discreet island hotel that is only accessible by float plane, where all guests' fantasies come true.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
The Galaxy Nexus. It's Android in its pure form. My favourite tablet will remain, as always, Mead's Trapper Keeper.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
Linus Torvalds. What can I say, the guy inspires me to go to work every day.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
The internet. Al Gore invented it and I use it every day.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
When I started dating my wife, my future father-in-law noticed me in the Wall Street Journal commenting on Linux. From then on I was referred to as "son."
What was your first job?
I was a lifeguard. They required all guards to wear Speedos. A 90-pound weakling doesn't even begin to describe me then.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
The truth to the expression "free as in beer".
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
I have no idea what it will be, but odds are it will be built with Linux.
What keeps you awake at night?
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myrvohld. I hate that I loved a book by that guy.
E-readers or real books?
E-readers. Except when it comes to bed time stories for my daughter. She knows one is finite and the other provides an endless supply of digital downloads to keep her up all night.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
All of the above plus Identi.ca.
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