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Jay Nelson Forrest

Hello, my name is Jay Forrest. I was the host of the Linux User Podcast (2009). I have been a tech guy since I built my first 486 in the 90’s. I used to work tech support for America Online and Earthlink (I am a Pharmacy Technician currently). I have done web design for a number of businesses and non-profit organizations. (For the more technical, I know HTML, Javascript, CSS, Php, and just beginning Python.

My conversion to Linux came as a result of a virus I got on my Windows XP system. I got this even though I was running with the Windows firewall on, auto updates on, and with McAfee anti-virus. I was just so frustrated that I installed Ubuntu, wiping out my Windows XP system. I have never regretted it. That was in 2008.

Since that time I have played with a number of other Linux distributions including Ubuntu. Currently I use Fedora 17 XFCE on my main machine. I even managed to replace my Mom and Dad’s Windows with Linux. I think that Linux has finally come of age. It is with this conviction that I want to get the word out.

It is not just that Linux is free, it is that Linus is better. It is better because it is more secure and stable. But even beyond that, Linux is better because it is free and open. By free I mean that Linux doesn’t cost you any money. And by saying it is open I mean that you can actually look at the source code. This is important because it allows others to improve it. It also eliminates a program from spying on you.

I am pleased to have served as a Fedora Ambassador and am glad to be a part of this great community.


  • Radio Television Digital News Association
  • The Linux Foundation
  • Fedora Project
  • Software in the Public Interest
  • International Webmaster’s Association
  • HTML Writers Guild

Contact me


Albuquerque, New Mexico