Gentoo Linux Founder Leaves Microsoft

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.

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