Tom Adelstein born April 20, 1948 is an American author and journalist.
Adelstein was born in Dallas, Texas, attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a humanities degree in English. He also attended Southern Methodist University's Cox School Business for post-graduate studies in Accounting. At an early age, he worked as a studio musician, song writer, producer and performer.
Before graduation, Adelstein worked for Pompeii Records and scored the lead sheets for several award winning musical works including those for the Ray Charles Band, Fathead Newman and Ike Turner.
Adelstein also worked as a screen writer and writer-for-hire for independent films companies in the same time frame.
Before graduation, Adelstein received a Presidential Appointment to the Library of Congress. He interned in the Department of Copyrights and returned to Austin for his final year of college.
Adelstein entered the business world and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1975. His first book, How to Read, Analyze and Select Private Real Estate Offerings (1985 by Longman) was written for the financial community and went into wide distribution for its emphasis on due diligence. He also wrote, Investment Products and Strategies, Portfolio Management for CPAs, How to Obtain and Manage Equity Capital and Debt Financing.
In 1992, Adelstein worked in the film industry in Los Angeles and produced two sreenplays for a popular television series as a writer-for-hire. During the same year, he wrote Something of Value, a novel about Jewish militias in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe.
He is also a co-author of several additional books, the most recent of which became an international best seller in 2007 published in 14 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French, Turkish, German and Croatian.
Adelstein is also a noted journalist having written and published over 300 articles on-line and in print. He took an active role in the adoption of Open Source standards in government. He also took a lead role in exposing the connection between Jack Abramoff and Microsoft and their ties to the Bush Administration.
Adelstein began an advocacy group that initiated legislation for Open Source Software in Texas including Senate Bill 1579 filed by State Senator John Carona in November 2002 and pressed for the Global Justice Data Model and a broad-based Amber Alert Sharing System.
He is considered an important figure in the adoption of the Internet operating system and was named one of the world’s 20 global Linux Luminaries. His last book, Linux System Administration, won the 2008 Linux Journal Reader’s Choice Awards. In 1999, he founded Bynari, Inc. and helped bring IBM into the world of Open Source operating systems by delivering their first international sale on a mainframe.
He also broke the wire-line protocol to Microsoft’s Outlook and Exchange Server, which allowed IBM to port a Linux server to its line of mainframe computers.
Dr. Donald K. Rosenberg wrote: “Tom Adelstein of Bynari Systems, Inc. has found the missing piece to enable corporate migration from Windows to Linux systems.”
Adelstein lives in Paris, Texas and is a working author. He focuses on story theory and development of fiction. He ended his career as a ghost writer in 2010.