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Update: Gentoo's Prodigal Father Returns

Sep 19, 2006, 15:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

By Brian Proffitt
Managing Editor

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 team.

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 project.

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 return.

"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.

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