Mark Spencer (computer engineer)
Mark Spencer at the 2006 O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Conference
April 8, 1977 |
|Alma mater||Auburn University|
Mark Spencer (born April 8, 1977) is an American computer engineer and is the original author of the GTK+-based instant messaging client Gaim (which has since been renamed to Pidgin), the L2TP daemon l2tpd and the Cheops Network User Interface.
Mark Spencer is also the creator of Asterisk, a Linux-based open-sourced PBX in software. He is the founder, chairman and CTO of Digium, an open-source telecommunications supplier most notable for its development and sponsorship of Asterisk. Spencer shifted from CEO to Chairman and CTO in early 2007.
While attending Auburn University, Spencer co-oped at Adtran when he wrote l2tpd. He went on to start a Linux technical support business. Spencer did not have enough money to buy a PBX (private branch exchange) for his company so he decided to write Asterisk and later founded Digium.
- Forbes Magazine article on Mark Spencer
- Biography at Digium homepage
- Mark Spencer's previous homepage (copies at the Internet Archive)
- Interview with Mark Spencer at OSDir.com
- Mark Spencer Shares Digium Insights In Interview with GetVOIP
- Interview with Mark Spencer at CNet
- Linux Link Tech Show interview (audio), 2005
- Global open source enthusiasts interview Mark Spencer December 2009
- News story regarding changing roles at Digium
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