"As you may recall, the CodePlex Foundation indicated in January
that it expected to name a permanent Executive Director within a
few weeks' time. That has now happened, and in the "small world"
department, the new ED happens to be Paula Hunter - someone I've
known for years, and worked with several times in the past. The
full press release is below. Paula is someone I like and respect a
lot, and a great choice for CodePlex.
"As you'll see from the announcement, one of Paula's prior jobs
was as the Executive Director of UnitedLinux. UL was a client of
mine, and that's where I first met Paula. And if you've never heard
the saga of UL, it's a rather fascinating story.
"Since it was a client, I can't go into many details, but
suffice it to say that it was an early casualty of SCO's maniacal
and misguided obsession with trying to tax the development of
Linux. The write-up at the Wikipedia will give you an idea of how
the UL concept figured into (or tried to figure into) the evolution
of the commercial Linux marketplace. You'll also see that the UL
technical program included reliance on the Linux Standards Base,
the creation of another client of mine (the Free Standards Group).
Paula later worked with the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL),
which merged with FSG to become today's Linux Foundation, a current