Chris DiBona

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Chris DiBona
GCI 2014 trip 07, Chris DiBona.JPG
BornOctober 1971 (1971-10) (age 51)
Other namescdibona

Chris DiBona ('cdibona', born October 1971) was the director of open source at Google from August 2004 until January of 2023.[1]

The open source team at Google oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches on Google Code. In his former work on Google's public sector software, he looked after Google Moderator and the polling locations API and election results.

Before joining Google, he was an editor at Slashdot and co-founded Damage Studios. DiBona has a B.S. in computer science from George Mason University and a M.S. in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also co-edited Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution and Open Sources 2.0.[2]

He was laid off from Google in January of 2023 as part of Alphabet's workforce reductions.[3]

FLOSS Weekly[edit]

He formerly co-hosted FLOSS Weekly (a podcast that was spun off from the popular This Week in Tech) with Leo Laporte. The show premiered on April 7, 2006, and features prominent guests from the free software/open source community. He also appeared on This Week in Tech and CrankyGeeks from time to time and was in the documentary Revolution OS. On July 29, 2007, Laporte announced that due to commitment issues, DiBona was stepping down as host of FLOSS Weekly.

Science Foo Camp[edit]

DiBona runs Science Foo Camp annually with Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and Timo Hannay of Nature on the Google campus in Mountain View, California.


DiBona was a Linux commentator on TechTV's The Screen Savers, during 2004 and parts of 2005. His stories concentrated on fun applications and consumer use of Linux.[4]

Other activities[edit]

DiBona formerly served on the board of Our Good Works, a non-profit that looks after the volunteer matching website He serves on the board of the Linux Foundation. DiBona served on the advisory board of imeem, a San Francisco, Ca. based social networking firm, and advises PicPlz, a San Francisco start-up. He's a visiting scientist (formally a visiting scholar) at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an advisor to Mixed Media Labs, project.[5] He also advises Ingenuitas on their sightmachine project.[6] He's also an associate in Google Ventures.[7]


  1. ^ DiBona bio Archived 2013-07-26 at the Wayback Machine at Google Ventures.
  2. ^ DiBona biography on the O'Reilly Network.
  3. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven J. "What is Google doing with its open source teams?". Chris DiBona, who founded Google's OSPO 18 years ago, was let go.
  4. ^ SCALE: Southern California Linux Expo 2006 by Chris DiBona
  5. ^ DiBona bio Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine on
  6. ^ DiBona website
  7. ^ DiBona bio Archived 2013-07-26 at the Wayback Machine at Google Ventures.

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