Linux great Lennart Poettering is moving from Red Hat to Microsoft

Linux great Lennart Poettering is moving from Red Hat to Microsoft

Lennart Poettering, developer of important Linux components such as PulseAudio, Avahi and in particular systemd, has left his previous employer Red Hat. There are growing indications that Poettering has switched to Microsoft. There he could work on systemd for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) environment.

Official announcements are still pending. However, Christian Brauner, for example, a kernel and Linux container developer (LXC, LXD) and himself employed at Microsoft, welcomes Poettering as a member of the same team. Inquiries from heise online about the change of employer have so far not been confirmed by Poettering, Brauner or Microsoft.

Poettering would certainly be a win for Microsoft. The company provides initial support for Linux software with WSL. However, the project is not particularly advanced and has to contend with many limitations. For example, a user has to be logged in to run software in WSL – which is rather suboptimal for services. Poettering could contribute its know-how here and advance the development of a fully-fledged, independent subsystem.

With his projects such as PulseAudio and systemd, Poettering has made a significant contribution to the modernization of Linux systems, but is controversial, especially among Linux traditionalists.

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