As we close on our external judging panel this week, we wanted to welcome on board Brian Proffitt — a key pillar of the Linux community manager of the Linux Developer Network at the Linux foundation. Brian has been following the contest and in fact wrote an article about it sometime back on how “Cisco Dev contest bridges network, development gap”. Brian is a softspoken individual, but at the epicentre of the Linux foundation ecosystem, interacting with community members, individual developers and vendors. Earlier he was managing editor of Linux Today, a popular news and information site on Linux and open source technology. As you can see from his blogs, Brian has a passion for writing, and he’s also the author of several consumer guides about Linux, including “Introducing Ubuntu: Desktop Linux” and “The Joy of Linux”For us, it is good to have somebody with a strong background in Linux, adjudge applications developed on the Application Extension Platform, which is essentially a Linux-based platform, today. We look forward to his creative inputs as we get ready to close on the last phase of the Cisco Developer Contest.Welcome on board, Brian!