Update: Gentoo's Prodigal Father Returns
Sep 19, 2006, 15:00 (6 Talkback[s])
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Daniel Robbins, the founder and former chief architect of Gentoo
Linux who recently ended an eight-month stint working for
Microsoft, has quietly begun to work with the Gentoo development
According to an August 30 announcement
made in the Gentoo Bug Tracking system, developer Christel
Dahlskjaer indicated that she is "mentoring Daniel to become a
Gentoo developer again, he will come onboard to work on grub and
vmware-workstation-tools for now."
Earlier in August, Robbins made mention on his
blog that he was asked to assist working on the grub
The announcement was met, for the most part, with general
goodwill--though the VMWare Gentoo maintainer did raise the point
that it would have been nice to have first been asked about any new
developer coming on his team. "Just curious, but did anyone ask the
VMware team (specifically me) if they wanted him coming on to
maintain their packages?" commented Chris Gianelloni, who is also
Gentoo's release engineering lead.
But Gianelloni's contention was a point of order about the
overall recruitment process, not an criticism of Robbin's
"Now that I have gotten that off my chest, I definitely welcome
Daniel back and would encourage him to take over maintenance of
vmware-workstation-tools," Ginanelloni added.
Robbins left Microsoft in January 2006, citing that he could not
fully use his technical expertise while working for the software
company. He is currently VP of Engineering for FSMLabs, Inc.
Though Robbins declined to comment on his work with the Gentoo
Project now, he did wish to emphasize that he is not officially a
part of the Gentoo development team.