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Phil Shapiro: Open Source and Social Justice Advocate

One thing we learned a long time ago here at FOSS Force is that the world could use more people like Phil Shapiro.

The FOSS Force Video Interview

If you visit the public library in Takoma Park, Maryland, you might run into Phil Shapiro, who is one of three people running their computer center. Or if you visit Foss Force (you’ve heard of that website, right?) you’ll see his byline here, here, here, and many other places.

According to my thesaurus, “Phil Shapiro” is a synonym for “prolific.” And then there’s Twitter, where Phil holds forth on many topics, often many times daily.

For a change, this video is a story that’s not by Phil, but about Phil. How did he get into Linux? How well is Linux accepted by library patrons? How do the Open Source and Social Justice movements complement each other, and how they they work together better? All good questions for Phil, so they’re questions we asked him. And his answers are enlightening — but also light-hearted, because Phil is a light-hearted guy.

2 Comments

  1. row1 row1 October 28, 2016

    I guess, less like me, because there is no much things that are worth …

  2. tracyanne tracyanne October 29, 2016

    Good on you Phil, i wish we had a few people like you in our Library service.

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