Bruce Byfield

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Bruce Byfield (born May 13, 1958) is a Canadian writer who specializes in free and open source software. He has been a contributing editor at, and his articles have appeared on the Datamation, LWN, Linux Developer Network, Linux Pro Magazine, and Open Content and Software sites. In addition to his online publications, he has published in such magazines as Drupal Watchdog, Maximum Linux, Raspberry Pi Geek, Ubuntu User, and The New Internationalist, and writes one column about the command line and another about open hardware for Linux Pro Magazine. His personal blog, Off the Wall, is a collection of short personal essays. Since becoming a full-time writer, he has sold over 1800 articles.

In March 2016, his book "Designing with LibreOffice" ( was published by Friends of Open Document under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. In its first two months, the book received over 14,000 downloads.

Before becoming a journalist, Byfield was marketing and communications director at Progeny Linux Systems, and product manager at Stormix Technologies, and a freelance technical writer, graphic designer, and creator of elearning courses.

Byfield lives in Burnaby, British Columbia. In addition to free and open source software, his interests include parrots, regular exercise, science fiction, collecting Northwest Coast Art and listening to punk-folk music. He is the co-founder of the Mature Student Award at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at Northwest Community College,[1] along with his late partner, Patricia Louise Williams.


  • Witches of the Mind: A Critical Study of Fritz Leiber. West Warwick: Necronomicon Press. ISBN 0-940884-35-6.
  • Designing with LibreOffice, 2016, Friends of OpenDocument Inc., ISBN 978-1-921320-44-6, (download under CC BY-SA version 3.0 or later)


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