Mark Spencer (computer engineer)
Mark Spencer (born April 8, 1977) is a 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. His mother is of Egyptian descent.
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
- 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
-  Daily Star Egypt article
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