Dr. Christoph Zimmermann

Frankfurt Am Main Area, Germany


Chris was first infected with the FOSS virus when he compiled an editor called Emacs in 1987. As no vaccine proved to be effective, he hasn’t been able to shake it off ever since. But like all good parasites aiming for world domination, FOSS isn’t out to kill its hosts, so the GNU ecosystems came in handy when he used gcc and friends to develop an experimental microkernel which allowed compiled applications to change its behaviour during run-time using a reflective object-oriented metalevel architecture as part of his PhD thesis (implying that he’s somewhat technical).

He’s a board member of one of the largest German Linux User Groups (FraLUG). As one of the longest-serving board members he’s also looking after tech support which means anything from making the coffee in addition to admin tasks.

He a regular speaker at German and international FOSS events such as the Chemnitzer Linux Tage (CLT) and OggCamp in addition supporting community events as part of the organizing committee. Other hobbies include Arch package maintenance, software quality and advanced IT security topics such as Social Engineering. In the little spare time left he aims saving the world by introducing FOSS to kids and supporting the Redis community as a Redislabs liaison for Central Europe.