Highly social Linux nerds worth following

If you're a Linux geek, you need to follow these 12 people

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Social Linux butterflies

When most people think of “Linux nerds,” the first phrase that comes to mind typically isn’t “super-duper social.” But it should be. If you’ve ever been to a Linux convention, you’ve seen these social Linux butterflies firsthand. And that social nature extends to social media as well. 

What follows is a carefully crafted cross section of some incredibly interesting Linux nerds from the various social networks. These are not companies or projects; we’re talking about actual people, speaking for themselves, who are uniquely relevant in the Linux world.

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds

Let’s start with the obvious person to follow. Any Linux nerd who doesn’t follow the creator of Linux on Twitter and on Google Plus—well—that person isn’t any Linux nerd at all. Granted, most of his posts are about scuba diving and news he finds interesting. But, still! This is Linus!

Greg Kroah-Hartman

Greg Kroah-Hartman

While we’re talking about Linux Kernel developers, we should definitely include Greg K-H. His posts, on both Twitter and Google Plus, tend to be far more Linux-y and nerdy than Linus’ posts.

Lennart Poettering

Lennart Poettering

Moving away from Linux kernel developers, let’s talk systemd. Whatever your personal opinion on systemd, there’s no doubt that it has a huge impact on the Linux world. The man behind that project? Lennart Poettering. He posts with fair regularity on Google Plus.

Matthew Garrett

Matthew Garrett

If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Matthew Garrett speak—or read one of his blog or Twitter posts—I highly recommend it. The man is extremely opinionated, well researched on all things Linux and highly entertaining.

Rikki Endsley

Rikki Endsley

Rikki Endsley has worn a lot of hats in the Linux world—having been an associate publisher for Linux Pro Magazine and community manager for USENIX. Currently she works on opensource.com, and her Twitter and Google Plus feeds are filled, top to bottom, with Linux news and articles. If you want a quick overview of the top open source articles of the day, I highly recommend following Rikki.

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller’s Twitter and Google Plus feed are filled, almost to the breaking point, with information on Fedora. That makes sense considering how he’s the Fedora Project Leader and all. Even if you’re not a Fedora user, his feeds are still worth following. The man knows his stuff.

Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Ever want to have someone give you a steady stream of openSUSE-related topics via social media? Of course you have. Luckily the openSUSE Chairman of the Board, Richard Brown, has active Twitter and Google Plus accounts, and they provide you with exactly that. Lots of Linux. Lots of openSUSE.

Daniel Foré

Daniel Foré

The man who started the elementary OS project, Daniel Foré, is worth following for his unique perspective on Linux and operating system design. He posts more content focused on visual design than he does on technical topics—something I think we could use more of in the Linux world. He, like all other good Linux nerds, can be found on both Twitter and Google Plus.

Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon, the former community manager for Ubuntu (and current “Community something or other” for GitHub) is a must-follow. I am forced to interact with Jono on a regular basis for a podcast that he and I record together. And if I need to suffer, all of you need to suffer with me. (He’s actually a rather smart guy with great insight in the Linux world, just don’t tell him I said so.) Twitter. Google Plus. Follow the man.

Aaron Seigo

Aaron Seigo

Past President of KDE e.v. and the architect of KDE Plasma—and now senior technologist for Kolab—Aaron Seigo is someone who has seen the Linux world from just about every side.  And he has (very) strong opinions on all of it. Sometimes his posts are highly technical.  Sometimes they are more philosophical. Sometimes he just gets mad and gives Mark Shuttleworth a piece of his mind. No matter what, he is always worth following on Google Plus.

Bryan Lunduke

Bryan Lunduke

That’s right. Me. Bryan Lunduke. I post a lot of Linux stuff (mostly articles and videos). And, even more important, I wrote this list. So, I get to include myself. Vain? Perhaps. Self-serving? Oh, I’d definitely say so. But give my Twitter and Google Plus streams a try. They’re pretty gosh-darned Linux-y.

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

That’s right. Edward Snowden is on Twitter. He may not be known to the rest of the world for his Linux usage—and you probably won’t find a lot of Linux-focused tweets from him—but he’s definitely a Linux user, specifically Tails, a distro focused on security and privacy. And he’s a fascinating Linux user, at that.