During the 1990's, Tom was an activist for Linux. He organized government advocacy groups and initiated legislation for Open Source Software in Texas, including Senate Bill 1579 filed by State Senator John Carona in November 2002. He lobbied for the US Department of Justice's Global Data Model and an Amber Alert Sharing System based on the FBI's Emergency Response Network.The Open Source community considers Tom an important figure in the adoption of the Linux operating system, virtualization of Internet servers and technology leading to the "Cloud". In 2003, Linux World named him one of the world's 20 global Linux Luminaries. In 1999, Tom helped bring IBM into the world of Open Source Systems when his company broke the wire-line protocol of Outlook and Exchange Server and ported it to Linux on an IBM Mainframe. Today, Tom mentors young writers and works as a story consultant . Among his achievements, he has published over 500 magazine articles for well-known and smaller publications.
Areas of Expertise:
- Non-fiction: technology
- Fiction: suspense
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