Gentoo Linux founder joins Microsoft

Posted by spy on June 14 2005, 10:39 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

The founder of the Gentoo Linux Project has taken up a job with Microsoft, according to the project's website.

Daniel Robbins joined the Redmond, Washington-based company on May 23. He had given up responsibilities as a Gentoo developer last April.

He will be helping Microsoft to understand Open Source and community-based projects, he said on the Gentoo Linux project website.

Gentoo is a Linux distribution for advanced users. All packages which are installed are compiled from source for the specific architecture on which the installation is taking place.

Nat Friedman of the GNOME desktop project is about the only other prominent open-source figure who has worked for Microsoft, as an intern. Manuel de Icaza, the founder of the GNOME, was once interviewed for a job at Redmond but was not selected.