Linux Foundation CTO joins Sun Microsystems

Ian Murdock, the chief technology officer of the Linux Foundation and the creator of the Debian Linux distribution has begun a new job as chief operating platforms officer at Sun Microsystems.

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Ian Murdock, the chief technology officer of the Linux Foundation and the creator of the Debian Linux distribution has begun a new job as chief operating platforms officer at Sun Microsystems.

Murdock made the announcement on his blog. "It is with regrets that I leave the Linux Foundation, but if you haven't figured out already, Sun is a company I've always loved," Murdock wrote.

Murdock said his duties as chief operating platforms officer are as yet undefined, but Simon Phipps, the chief open source officer at Sun, wrote on his blog SunMink that Murdock will be "responsible for building a new strategy to evolve both Sun's Solaris and GNU/Linux strategies".

Murdock developed the Debian Linux distribution – adding additional code to the open source Linux kernel – in 1992.

Sun has embraced open source in recent years after being hit hard by the IT industry downturn, which hurt its proprietary Solaris operating system and Sparc processors platform.

Sun recently open sourced Solaris and its Java code for writing software applications. It also installs other open source Linux operating systems and software applications, and other processor brand on its servers and other hardware.

"The last several years have been hard for Sun, but the corner has been turned," Murdock wrote. "Now, I'm going to be a part of it."

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