Interview with Marcos Diaz

July 28, 2010, Author: Lucie Navrátilová, Categories: Interview, Usability

Can you breafly introduce yourself and your projects to our readers?

My name is Marcos Diaz, my aka is usually just Markos, and sometimes my friends call me ‘the knowledge junkie’. I born in Spain 25 years ago, I discovered programming  just a few years ago, but I’m a self-taught person and I enjoy learning. In addition, I’m a bit anti-system, so now I’m totally committed with libre knowledge and libre software.

In late 2008, I started Nathive project, an usable image editor for GNOME, currently the code is mostly Python and there are over 10 stable collaborators. The project intention is to achieve a professional image editor progressively without giving up initial usability, and obviously is libre software and released over the GPL3 license.

How did you get your job? How long have you been doing it?

Well, now I’m working as freelance, but I spend the most of my time on Nathive. Actually, I left my last formal job as programmer to work full time on my personal projects.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I love to hack because it is an endless mind challenge. I love to create libre code too, and my dream is to work only in libre stuff, but seems is hard to get a paid job doing Free software today.

Do you use photos for your work? Do you use images from microstock agencies?

No, I’m just a programmer, not a designer, but when I need photos for my websites I usually try to find Creative Commons images all over the web.

Do you follow your competitors? Who is worth following?

Mmm, it’s a hard question, because the people who make commercial software are not my competitors, and people who make libre software similar to Nathive are my ‘team mates’, because we share information and knowledge, such as, for example, at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2010 that Pixmac supported.

Do you have something that you want to tell to our readers?

Sure, first, I want to thank Pixmac for supportting the LGM2010, it was really awesome! Also to people that use Free software I just want to say: “Thanks for being libre”.


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