Bruce Byfield, Journalist and Writer


Bruce ByfieldI am a freelance writer and editor. Mainly, I specialize in free and open source software (FOSS). Software reviews, community news, business news, legal events -- if it's about FOSS, I write about it. I also write about management and careers, and, in my spare time, about Northwest Coast Art.

To date, I have published over 1200 articles, mostly online on such sites as Datamation, IT Manager's Journal, Linux.com, Linux Developer Network, Linux Journal, LinuxPlanet, LWN, NewsForge, Techwr-l, and Wazi.
Other places I have published include The New Internationalist, Linux Pro Magazine and The Linux Journal. My article "11 Tips for Moving to OpenOffice.org" was the cover story for the March 2004 Linux Journal.

You can see some comments about my writing on my Kudos and Abuse pages.

My attitudes to journalism? I am a free software supporter who views the creation of a free desktop as an important social justice issue. At the same time, my journalist ethics come directly from George Orwell: I tell the truth as I see it, criticize  when I see a need, and make every effort to be consider other viewpoints. I don't pretend that I always meet these standards, but I like to think I do my best.

Oh, and one more thing: even if I disagree with you, I will be polite and respectful until you attack first. Then I'll give you no more than two emails of my time before cutting you off. If this seems rude, it's a way to minimize the time I spend in pointless discussion when I should be working.


In the past, I've been a university English instructor, a technical writer, a product manager, a director of marketing and communications, a developmental editor, an e-learning course designer, a consultant in communications, marketing, and design.

These days, when not committing journalism, I work on other editorial, writing, and design projects. Athough I am lucky enough to have enough regular work to earn my living as a full-time writer, I am always looking for interesting new projects. If you would like to talk to me about one, please click the Contact page.

If you are interested in reprinting or translating one of my articles, you have a good chance of finding me agreeable. I generally allow reprints and translations under a Creative Commons Attribution - No Derivatives license. This license lets you reprint the article freely so long as you include my name and don't change the contents. However, please contact me first to make sure that the rights are available because, in many cases, rights don't revert to me immediately after publication.

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