Zak Greant


Hi! I’m Zak Greant. At the MariaDB Foundation, I support our team on various community, free software. open source, non-profit, marketing, and strategy topics.

I started using Free Software in 1995, relying first on tools like the NCSA HTTPd Server and shortly afterwards the Apache HTTP Server.  A few years later, once I had learned to program, I used Vim, Perl, PHP/FI, mSQL (and later MySQL). Nowadays, I still use Vim and rely on R, Javascript, Sqlite, and various command-line tools for my day-to-day work.

On the business side, the first funded startup that I worked at was MySQL AB (in 2001.) Since then, I’ve been fortunate to work with many interesting organisations, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Open Source Initiative, the Free Software Foundation, eZ Systems, the WikiMedia Foundation, and Magnolia International.

If you’re still reading, here are some of my favourite FLOSS projects of the moment:

  • jq – Fantastically powerful command-line JSON processor that makes it easy to filter, restructure and mutate JSON.
  • RAWGraphs – super-easy no-code data visualisation. If you’ve got tabular data, you can probably find a way to make it look pretty with this tool.
  • vis – A wonderful little Vim from an alternate reality.
  • x-ray – an elegant and modern little page scraper