An informal overview of my career and accomplishments can be found on this site’s main page. A more formal overview can be found on my resume or LinkedIn profile.

Writing (selected)

I have a blog, where I have written extensively about a variety of (mostly) computing-related topics, particularly Linux, open source, operating systems, cloud computing, and platform strategy.

These posts are a few years old now, but they’re still highly relevant (and still nicely summarize my worldview):

Early in my career, I wrote a manifesto. Not everyone can say that.

In August 2015, I published a retrospective called How I came to find Linux that describes, well, how I came to find Linux.

I contributed an essay to the O’Reilly book Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution called Open source and the commoditization of software.

Speaking (selected)

I delivered the keynote at CommunityOne 2008, the first day of JavaOne 2008. The slides were drawn by Hugh MacLeod a.k.a. Gapingvoid:

Here I am talking about OpenSolaris at LugRadio Live USA 2008.

And here I am announcing ExactTarget’s new Fuel platform with Scott McCorkle at Connections 2012.

Interviews (selected)



From The Linux Link Tech Show (5/11/2005)



I received my B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1996. I was named an outstanding alumnus in 2011.

From 1997 to 2000, I was at the University of Arizona, where I was a staff programmer and occasional graduate student in the Department of Computer Science.


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