Benjamin Mako Hill is a Seattle native working out of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Mako is a long-time free software developer and advocate. He was part of the founding Ubuntu team, one of the first employees of Canonical, Ltd., and coauthor of The Official Ubuntu Server Book. In addition to some technical work, his charge at Canonical was to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the project’s first year. Mako is currently a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and a researcher and Ph.D. Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mako has continued his involvement with Ubuntu as a member of the Community Council governance board, through development work, and through projects such as this book.
Matthew Helmke has been an Ubuntu user since April 2005 and an Ubuntu Member since August 2006. He serves on the Ubuntu Forum Council, providing leadership and oversight of the Ubuntu Forums, as well as on the Ubuntu regional membership approval board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has written articles about Ubuntu for Linux+ and Linux Identity magazines, along with books and articles on this and other topics. He recently closed his consulting business in Morocco and began a Master’s degree program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Corey Burger lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is a long-term user and contributor to Ubuntu. A member of the Ubuntu Canada and the Community Council, he has been involved with Ubuntu since its first release. Corey is currently a geography student and has most recently worked for a Canadian Linux company. He also contributes to OpenStreetMap and works to promote Ubuntu on Vancouver Island. Corey speaks regularly about Ubuntu, OpenStreetMap, and open source to a wide variety of audiences.