Chris was first infected with the FOSS virus when he compiled an editor called Emacs in 1987. As no vaccine proved to be effective, he hasn't been able to shake it off ever since. But like all good parasites aiming for world domination, FOSS isn't out to kill its hosts, so the GNU ecosystems came in handy when he used GCC and friends to develop an experimental microkernel which allowed compiled applications to change its behaviour during run-time using a reflective object-oriented metalevel architecture as part of his PhD thesis (implying that he's somewhat technical). He's a board member of one of the largest German Linux User Groups (FraLUG) and in charge of tech support which means anything from making the coffee to setting up streaming services for the regular FAQ sessions this LUG streams into the wide open. He a regular speaker at German and international FOSS events including the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage (CLT), where he hosted a track on distributions this year in addition to giving a talk on his favourite distro called Alarm (he's an Arch package maintainer) and Oggcamp, an unconference in the UK. In the little spare time left he aims at improving his Launchpad karma and saving the world by organising community events like the LPD.