"Last week, the word broke that VMware is the most
likely company to acquire Novell's SUSE unit. This makes a lot of
sense from a business perspective , but I tend to see things from a
developer's point of view. My title might be "CTO", but I'm really
"a programmer who's forced to do management things." In my heart,
I'd rather debug a million lines of Visual BASIC code than
participate in a committee to organize an offsite for the purpose
of developing a mission statement.
"I've been writing code since I was about 14; 36 years, if
you're wondering. Boy are my fingers tired. I started on a Univac
1108 writing programs as part of a calculus class. Later, working
for a medical startup, I remember how excited I was to receive one
of the first Altair 8800s. It was much better than the Scelbi 8H
that I'd been working with.
"Most recently, I've been writing code for our CIFS virtual
appliance (a file server delivered as a virtual machine). At its
core, the appliance is a CIFS/SMB protocol stack running atop a
Linux OS. In addition to this, however, we provide web services and
UI code to facilitate managing the device and integrating it with
VMware management tools. Let me describe some of the steps involved
in developing the appliance."
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