Bruce Byfield is a journalist who specializes in writing about free and open source software. He has been a contributing editor at Linux.com, and his articles have appeared on the Datamation, LWN, Linux Developer Network, Linux Journal, Linux Pro Magazine, and Wazi sites. He also writes a weekly blog called “Off the Beat” about the free software community for the Linux Pro Magazine site, and short blog pieces for Open Source and Content. In addition to his online publications, he has published in such hard copy magazines as Linux Journal, Linux Pro Magazine, Maximum Linux, The New Internationalist, and Ubuntu User. While he long ago lost the exact count, he has sold over 1800 articles in his career.
Before becoming a journalist, Byfield was marketing and communications director at Progeny Linux Systems, and product manager at Stormix Technologies. His book Witches of the Mind is considered the definitive work on the American fantasist Fritz Leiber. He is also a marketing and communications and education consultant.
Byfield lives in Burnaby, Canada. In addition to free and open source software, his interests include parrots, aerobic exercise, science fiction and fantasy, history, 19th Century novels,, listening to punk-folk music, and collecting Northwest Coast art. He is the co-founder along with his late wife Patricia Louise Williams of the Mature Student Award at the Freda Diesing School for Northwest Coast Art.
He is unrelated to the Byfield newspaper family in Alberta, a fact which probably delights them as much as it does him.