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, LinuxPlanet, and Wazi sites. He also writes a monthly column for the Linux Journal website, which centers on introductions to free software desktop applications, and a weekly blog called “Off the Beat” about the free software community for the Linux Pro Magazine site. In addition to his online publications, he has published in such 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 1200 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 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 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.