Microsoft Hires Senior Linux Engineer

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-06-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Microsoft hires Tom Hanrahan, formerly the Linux Foundation's director of engineering, to become its Director of Linux Interoperability. (Linux-Watch)

Microsoft has quietly hired Tom Hanrahan, formerly the Linux Foundations director of engineering, to become its Director of Linux Interoperability. As part of his responsibilities, Hanrahan will manage the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab that Microsoft began staffing up earlier this year. Hanrahan began his Linux career at IBMs Linux Technology Center in Beaverton, Oregon, where he served as senior program manager in charge of software development and testing. In this position, he oversaw the work of many of IBMs leading Linux kernel developers and sub-maintainers. In September of 2003, he moved to the OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) where he served as director of Linux engineering. After the OSDL merged with the Free Standards Group to form the Linux Foundation, he continued to serve in the role of director of Linux engineering.
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The Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab, according to Sam Ramji, Microsofts director of platform technology strategy, "will focus on interoperable virtualization between Windows and SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server). This lab will be part of the product engineering teams for both companies." In particular, it will work on "Virtualization, Office OpenXML/ODF interoperability, WS-Management interoperability, and directory federation."
A Microsoft spokesperson told Linux-Watch that "Tom will head up the new Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab, announced last fall as part of Microsoft and Novells historic agreement [related story]. As outlined, the two companies are working together to create a joint development facility at which Microsoft and Novell technical experts will architect and test new software solutions and will work with customers and the community to build and support these technologies." Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Microsoft Hires Senior Linux Engineer Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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