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Introducing the author

The Author

I’m Pasi Lallinaho, also known as knome in IRC and various other places. I’m a 38-year-old husband, a father of two kids and an entrepreneur from Helsinki, Finland.

My company Digitoucan provides services on graphic design, web and content consultancy. I’m a self-taught professional, and I’ve worked within the business for over 10 years.

My formal profession is bachelor of social services.

My work with open source

In 2006 I both converted to Linux-only desktops and started contributing to open source. My first contributions were user support and marketing work with the Rokymotion marketing team in the Amarok project, where I contributed for about two years.

In 2008 I started contributing to Xubuntu. I was nominated as the Marketing Lead in September 2008 and I held the position until April 2010.

In December, I attended Ubuntu Developer Summit for the 9.04 release on the Google Campus in Mountain View.

During the years, I’ve worked with the Xubuntu team in various of ways. You can see a brief list of major tasks I’ve worked on for Xubuntu in the Ubuntu wiki.

In 2009 I was granted the official Ubuntu member status.

In 2010 I founded the Shimmer Project with Steve Dodier. The Shimmer Project still contributes themes for Xubuntu, but has since gathered a much wider audience.

In January, I was invited to London as the community representative to get a sneak peek of the new Ubuntu brand.

In 2011 I was elected as the new Xubuntu Project Lead. The overview of my plans for the (then) near future with some kind words of support can be found at my 2011 nomination wikipage.

In 2012 I started releasing some WordPress plugins I’ve been building during the years for open source projects as well as some of my clients.

In October, I attended the Ubuntu Developer Summit for the 13.04 release in Copenhagen.

In 2013 my Xubuntu Project Lead term was extended. For completeness and another set of plans and kind words, see my 2013 nomination wikipage.

In 2014 my extended Xubuntu Project Lead term ended with the 14.04 LTS release. After taking a 6-month break from leadership tasks, I was nominated the Xubuntu Website Lead.

In 2016 I was elected to the Xubuntu Council. In June, I attended the 2015 Google Code-In winners prize trip to San Francisco as the representative for the Ubuntu community mentors.

In 2018 my term in the Xubuntu Council ended and I started working more directly with Xfce and their infrastructure as well as modernizing the website and refreshing their looks.

In 2019 I gave up my Xubuntu Website Lead position as well as some other long-term tasks I’ve been working on. I’ve been helping setting up, a website designed to help coordinate Finnish localization. The Xfce infrastructure project continues.

Be in touch

For open source related and general messages:

The Shimmer Project Discord
IRC (less active)
knome at Libera on #xubuntu-devel, #shimmer

Commercial job opportunities and related inquiries should be sent to