Saturday, 02 July 2016 07:09

Open source veteran Hohndel leaves Intel, joins VMware


Open source veteran Dirk Hohndel has joined cloud infrastructure and business mobility vendor VMware as its vice-president and chief open source officer.

Prior to this, Hohndel was with Intel for nearly 15 years as the processor maker's chief Linux and open source technologist. He has been a familiar figure at Linux conferences around the world.

At VMware he will lead the company's free and open source efforts and strategy.

Hopefully, he will be able to talk VMware into ending its court case with Linux developer Christoph Hellwig who has alleged that the company violated the GNU General Public Licence under which the Linux kernel is distributed.

In 2011 the Software Freedom Conservancy, a New York-based non-profit, discovered that VMware had failed to provide or offer any source code for the version of BusyBox included in VMware's ESXi products.

In early 2012, the Conservancy began talks with VMware to seek compliance on all GPL components in the ESXi project but nothing of substance happened.

Hohndel worked as chief technology officer of SUSE Linux and was an UNIX architect for Deutsche Bank before his stint at Intel.

He has been an active developer and contributor to Linux and open source since the early 1990s and was one of the early kernel developers.

Hohndel, a close friend of Linux creator Linus Torvalds, is an excellent speaker and is known for his ability to give talks without slides and other devices.

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