Published at LXer:
He became the first-ever "Afronaut." But the debonair young South African billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has also reached another high by distributing six million CDs of free software. He has posted these software tools to enthusiasts around the globe with the goal of planting new ideas of sharing and creating knowledge. Shuttleworth started young -- programming on the Free Software platform when he was 11 until he was 14. Then he took a respite and resumed at the age of 19. The high-profile sales of his digital encryption company, just before the dot-com bust, was the source of his wealth, which he is plowing back into the further spread of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS).