|Born||1979 (age 41–42)|
Harald Welte (1979), also known as LaForge, is a German programmer.
Until 2007, Welte was the chairman of the core team responsible for the netfilter/iptables project. He is also credited with writing the UUCP over SSL how-to, and contributions to User-mode Linux and international encryption kernel projects, among others.
Welte was part of Openmoko team, a project to create a smartphone platform using free software. However, in 2007, Welte announced his withdrawal from Openmoko, citing internal friction and demotivation. He continues to contribute as a volunteer to the project.
On 25 July 2008, VIA Technologies appointed Harald Welte as its open source liaison. According to VIA, in his role as open source liaison Welte will be responsible for helping refine VIA’s open source strategy and optimise its support for Linux. Welte will also "assist VIA to develop drivers that are in line with the standards and best practices of Linux kernel development, enhance the quality and public availability of VIA documentation, and improve interaction with the open source development community".
Welte is the founder of the Osmocom project.
On 19 March 2008, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced that it had awarded the Award for the Advancement of Free Software for 2007 to Welte, stating that "The awards committee honored both Welte's technical contributions to projects like the Linux kernel and the OpenMoko mobile platform project, and his community leadership in safeguarding the freedom of free software users by successfully enforcing the GNU General Public License in over one hundred cases since the gpl-violations.org project began in 2004."
- "Project history". About the netfilter/iptables project.
- "Software-Harald gegen Goliath". Archived from the original on 2012-09-13.
- "Cheap, hackable Linux smartphone due soon". Archived from the original on 2012-06-29.
- "Leaving Openmoko "Lead System Architect" position". Harald Welte's blog. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- "VIA hires OSS sharp shooter". Tectonic.
- "Harald Welte and Groklaw announced as winners of the FSF's annual free software awards".
- "Winners of the Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards Announced". OStatic. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
- Kuhn, Bradley (2008-07-22). "Welte Receives Open Source Award for GPL Enforcement". Retrieved 2013-04-25.
- "GPL gains clout in German legal case". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19.
- "Defender of the Linux faith".
- "GPL upheld against D-Link in German court". Archived from the original on January 28, 2013.
- Kirschner, Matthias; Jaeger, Till; Mehring, Bonnie (2021). Software Freedom Podcast SFP#12 (opus) (webcast). Berlin, Germany: Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Retrieved 2021-09-28. Duration 00:40:31. Covers Welte's pioneering work and software license compliance generally.
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- Harald Welte's blog
- Interview at the 3rd international GPLv3 conference, June 22, 2006
- Audio and video of a panel discussion including Welte, June 23, 2006
- Interview in LWN.net, June 12, 2006
- Interview at under-linux.org
- Personal interview with Harald Welte about Openmoko (German-speaking)
- Interview with Harald Welte about gpl-violations.org (German), June 22, 2004
- Podcast at CIO.com
- Audio podcast: Harald Welte on gpl-violations.org and GSM security