New FreeBSD Core Team Elected

Jordan Hubbard jkh at
Tue Oct 17 14:49:59 PDT 2000

BSD Conference, Monterey, CA, October 18, 2000 - The FreeBSD Project
announced today the election of a new Core Team, the project's management
board.  This marks the first occasion on which the team has been selected
by means of an election among the project's developers.  Joining the Core
Team as new members are Greg Lehey, Warner Losh, Mike Smith, and Robert
Watson.  Re-elected members are Satoshi Asami, David Greenman, Jordan
Hubbard, Doug Rabson, and Peter Wemm. 

FreeBSD Project co-founder and continuing Core Team member Jordan
Hubbard expressed excitement over the results, ``For the first time
since the FreeBSD project was formed, open elections have determined
the composition of its core team and set an important precedent
whereby any developer can now become part of the project's
leadership.''  The new core team also well-represents FreeBSD's
diverse and highly skilled group of international developers, with
expertise ranging from RAID file system and device-driver development
to extensive security backgrounds.

New Core Team members were elected from and by the FreeBSD committers
team, the formal development staff of the FreeBSD project.  Committers
have direct access to the FreeBSD source repository, and perform the
majority of software development associated with the project.  Until this
point, the Core Team was a self-selected board providing architectural and
administrative direction.

This summer, the committers voted to move to a democratic model allowing
the project to adapt to the changing development requirements of the open
source operating system community.  However, with over half of the prior
Core Team re-elected, strong continuity exists. 

Departing Core Team member Poul-Henning Kamp said, ``I'm very proud of
what we have done together in the Core Team over the last 8 years.  The
new Core, and the fact that they are elected by the committers, means that
the project will be much more responsive to change in the future.''

The changing of the guard in project leadership comes amid good feelings,
Kamp indicated: all past Core members will continue on with the project
with increased emphasis on development, ``Now I get to spend more time on
the FreeBSD source code instead of on project management.''

  Elected Core Team Members

Satoshi Asami is a co-founder and CTO of DecorMagic, Inc., and is in
charge of the FreeBSD Ports Collection. 

David Greenman is a co-founder of the FreeBSD Project and is currently
President of TeraSolutions, Inc., a company that manufactures Internet
servers and RAID storage systems. 

Jordan Hubbard is a co-founder of the FreeBSD Project as well as its
public relations officer and release engineer.  He is also Vice President
for Open Source Solutions at BSDi.

Greg Lehey is an Open Source Researcher with Linuxcare; he has spent
most of his professional career in Germany, where he worked for
computer manufacturers such as Univac, Tandem, and Siemens-Nixdorf.
He is the author of the Vinum volume management and RAID software for
FreeBSD, has been involved in the FreeBSD SMPng project, and is the
author of Porting Unix Software and The Complete FreeBSD.

Warner Losh has been porting NetBSD's pccard code to FreeBSD and has
been FreeBSD Security Officer for the past two years.

Doug Rabson is a co-founder of Qube Software Ltd., which specialises
in 3D graphics technology. His work on FreeBSD includes the alpha and
ia64 ports, and he was the main architect for FreeBSD's device driver

Mike Smith is Principal Engineer in BSDi's Open Source Solutions group
and has been active in the FreeBSD developer community as a developer
resource, OEM liaison, sometime architect and device driver author.

Robert Watson is a research scientist at NAI Labs, working on network
and operating system security research.  His contributions to the
FreeBSD Project include work on trusted operating system extensions
(TrustedBSD), security architecture, and work on the security-officer

Peter Wemm has been involved with FreeBSD since the early days of the
ISP Industry in Australia and has since relocated to the US to work as
a Software Engineer for Yahoo!, Inc.  His involvement in FreeBSD
includes management of the FreeBSD source code repository and kernel

  About FreeBSD

FreeBSD is a liberally-licensed open source operating system with its
origins in BSD Net/2 and 4.4 Lite, the Berkeley Software Distributions
developed at the University of California at Berkeley until 1994.  It
is developed and maintained by a global organization of paid and
volunteer contributors.  FreeBSD is distinguished by its high
performance networking and file system support, and is widely used
among Internet service providers, including industry-recognized
companies such as Yahoo!,, and Verio.  FreeBSD is also
frequently used as a platform for embedded networking devices,
including products from IBM, Inktomi, Juniper Networks, and Network
Alchemy - a Nokia Company.

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  Press Contact

Jordan Hubbard
The FreeBSD Project
jkh at


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