Microsoft Hires Gentoo Linux Founder

The founder and former chief architect of Gentoo Linux, a so-called meta-distribution of Linux known for its adaptability, has joined the ranks at Redmond. Microsoft hired Daniel Robbins in late May, and he in turn has transferred Gentoo's intellectual property to the non-profit Gentoo Foundation.

"I'm helping Microsoft to understand Open Source and community-based projects," Robbins said regarding his move into the belly of the beast. Robbins had already taken a back seat role at Gentoo, which has established a strong developer and user community to rely upon.

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