I am Manrique Lopez, one of Bitergia shareholders and working there as CEO (whatever it means). Passionate open source communities member since 2000-2001. Proud World citizen, trying to spend as much time as possible with my family in Spain, and as close to the sea as work time leaves me. I love surfing, so, I can’t live too much without waves.
I started using Linux and open source software because I wanted to test my HP48 calculator algebra software in a modern environment instead of a 4MHz processor. So, my first device running Linux was not a PC but a Compaq 3130 handheld (206MHz processor, 16MB RAM). I started running Familiar distro (based in Debian) and GPE (based on Gtk) graphical environment, and contributing and participating in both communities. And since then, there has been no stop: Maemo, Meego, Mozilla Firefox, … I’ve been involved in some regional, national and international communities, and I’ve worked as Spanish Open Source Enterprises Association manager and expert consultant for the National Open Source Reference Center for a couple of years.
Being and Industrial Engineer, where you don’t expect to end working in anything related with Computer Science, I am very lucky to be working in a company like Bitergia, very committed to open source and the communities around their projects. Active member of CHAOSS community, and proud that the 100% free, open source project started by Bitergia is one of CHAOSS Software founding projects.
I think sustainability is key to ensure that a project moves forward, and by sustainability I am not only talking, or just talking, about money, but people and more precisely, people’s time. And some times, that time costs money. The strongest engagement I have seen with projects is not related with money, but with fun. Once it is not fun to collaborate with a project, people give up. So, keep this fun!!