Gentoo, Funtoo and Beyond: Lessons from Open Source
Gentoo Linux began around the turn of the millennium as a personal effort to learn more about Linux. It exploded in popularity in the early 2000's, and created a challenge for its creator, Daniel Robbins. How does one make a living in Open Source? How does one manage a project consisting of over 300 volunteers from around the world? And how does one run an international project from a relatively technologically isolated city in the US southwest? And is it still possible to have fun, too? Hacking can indeed become complicated! In this presentation, Daniel will share his story and attempt to distill the lessons he has learned over the last two decades relating to both Open Source as well as software engineering.
Daniel Robbins is the creator of the Gentoo Linux and Funtoo Linux operating systems. Gentoo Linux is used by Google as the foundation of ChromeOS, the operating system that runs on Google's Chromebooks. His professional career has included positions at E*TRADE Financial and Microsoft Corporation, and is known for a popular series of Linux articles for IBM developerWorks. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA with his wife Brianne and four children: Hadassah, Tzipporah, Seth and Lyra.