Matthew Fillpot has always been a student of technology clamoring for more information, but over the last year he has acted more like an encyclopedia than a learner. Last week Fillpot was chosen by The Linux Foundation as the Ultimate Linux Guru for his contributions to Linux.com. From February 2010 to February 2011, Fillpot spent countless hours on the site posting new topics and helping answer other members’ questions. So many hours, in fact, that he accumulated more contribution and participation points than any other member, according to a Linux Foundation press release.
“I’m actually surprised that others didn’t get closer to the points that I had,” Fillpot said. “I’m also one of the moderators, so I spend a lot more time trying to make sure everything is running smoothly, trying to keep spammers away. So, it was a bit surprising that others didn’t have as much content on the site when I spend so much time working in the background.”
Fillpot was one of the site’s first beta testers in 2009, and became a moderator soon after. He has been using Linux since 2000, after a friend recommended he try it just before he started college. He came to love it while getting his degree in network engineering and IT security, but he doesn’t use it in his job.
Even though he answered more questions than any other member on the website, Fillpot insists that he continues to use Linux.com primarily as a learning tool.
“There are plenty of cases where I’ve learned from others. We have some very smart network engineers and software engineers that frequent the site, and they come up with scripts and functions for different ways of accomplishing the functions that are much faster than what I normally would have done. One of the things that keeps me going back, is we have very talented people from all around the world who are willing to jump in to help everyone and share info. That’s really what binds me and some of the other [Linux.com users].”
For his contributions to the site Fillpot will be rewarded with an invitation to the Linux Collaboration Summit on April 6 to 8 in San Francisco, and a fully-loaded Linux laptop.
Aspiring Linux gurus better get posting, because Fillpot plans to use the new laptop to develop projects to help other site members set up better security platforms for their home or business systems (which, of course, will lead to more posts).