Software Artist


Ralf S. Engelschall is a Software Artist (also known as Hacker, with the original meaning of the word), world-wide accredited through his many Open Source Software (OSS) achievements. He has over 19 years of experience in this artistic role.


Software Art is the discipline of scientific and artistic adoption of all essential and even multidisciplinary theories, concepts, methods, practices and technologies to achieve demonstrably sophisticated, elaborated and reusable software solutions. An important key aspect of this discipline is the steady evaluation of possibilities and the examination to exhaust technological feasibilities with the resulting solutions — also known as the true software "hacking". The results are usually Open Source Software (OSS) solutions made freely available to anyone.


In his role as a Software Artist and Hacker Ralf S. Engelschall made the following major achievements:
  • founder and developer at OSSP  (software components)
  • founder and developer at OpenSSL  (cryptography toolkit)
  • founder and developer at OpenPKG  (software distribution)
  • founder and developer at RPM5  (packaging tool)
  • contributor at SQLite  (RDBMS)
  • contributor at CVSTrac  (version control frontend)
  • contributor at Monotone  (version control system)
  • contributor at jQuery  (DHTML/AJAX library)
See also the resume on his major Open Source Software
community efforts
for additional details.