Gentoo Linux Founder Leaves Microsoft

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-02-15 Print this article Print

Gentoo Linux's former leader leaves Microsoft after less than a year.

Daniel Robbins, the founder of Gentoo Linux and its former chief architect, has announced that he has left his position at Microsoft. Robbins shocked the Linux world in June 2005 when he announced in a note to the Gentoo Foundation that he was leaving Gentoo to help "Microsoft to understand open source and community-based projects."
Now, it seems, Robbins has had enough of Microsoft.
Sources said that Robbins wasnt happy working at Microsofts Linux and Open Source Software technology group. Microsofts Linux and Open Source Lab is devoted to testing and comparing Windows and Linux in legacy environments, including the effectiveness of each platforms patching process, and checking on how Microsoft integrates and/or supports open source code in its products. Bill Hilf, the director of Platform Technology Strategy at Microsoft, told Ziff Davis Internet in an interview at the OSBC (Open Source Business Conference) in San Francisco on Feb. 14 that Robbins and his family wanted go back to their hometown of Albuquerque, N.M. He also wanted to be more involved in product development, rather than the research role he had at Microsofts Linux and Open Source Lab in Redmond, Wash. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Gentoo Linux Founder Leaves Microsoft
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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