Dave Rankin was a writer for Lifewire for two and a half years covering open source software. Rankin is the co-owner of a digital creative agency, Field15, Inc. He's been a professional software developer since 1998, writing applications for the desktop, web, and mobile devices.
Having worked on everything from websites for small organizations and non-profits to internet and desktop-based applications for enterprise-class corporations and the federal government, Dave has extensive experience providing technical solutions using many open source tools. Dave creates and distributes his own open source software along with electronic music he makes and releases under Creative Commons licenses.
He is passionate about free and open source software not only as a technology but also as a philosophy, a legal force, and a development model.
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