As an important contributor to the open source community in Vancouver we were thrilled to chat with Glenn Hilton!
Please tell us about yourself.
I’m the President and CEO of ImageX Media (http://imagexmedia.com). We’re a web design and development shop specializing in Drupal content management solutions. I’ve been a Vancouverite all my life and love it here.
How are you involved with the open source community in Vancouver?
Presently I’m the co-organizer of the Vancouver Drupal Users Group and previously was the Organizer for the Surrey Drupal Users group for the two years previously when our company was based there (we’ve since moved to Burnaby).
What are your expectations and thoughts around the first open source week in Vancouver?
I’m looking forward to it. It’s great to see how far things have come in this realm in recent years. Open source has affected how people are doing business in so many ways and it’s refreshing to see how much people are willing to share and help each other out.
Do you find it funny or strange that Microsoft helped to organize open source week?
Initially I’d have to admit I did. I know some people were a bit concerned wondering what Microsoft’s motivation is in getting involved in this space and that partaking in an event like this is a bit like doing a deal with the devil. However I can’t say I feel the same level of scepticism. I think Microsoft could bring a lot to the table and I hope they can help contribute a significant amount to the open source cause and support a lot of the initiatives that are often held back due to lack of resources.
What event are you most looking forward to?
Probably the Make Web Not War event on Saturday. I’m really interested to see how Microsoft envisions propriety entities intersecting and working hand in hand with those immersed in the open source way.
Are there specific people you’re looking to meet?
Bill Gates (jk) and you of course.
Has Windows made a 3.2 version yet? It’s been a while since I’ve been in that environment.
Many thanks Glenn for the interview. See you next week!