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14 January 2010, 09:57

Ted T'so moves to Google

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Ted T'so
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Theodore "Ted" T'so has moved to Google, leaving his position as Linux Foundation's Chief Technology Officer. The news came in a blog posting from T'so entitled "Proud to be a Googler" where T'so said "Although I obviously had nothing to do with Google’s decision vis-a-vis China, having only started working there for a week, I was definitely glad to see it and it made me proud to be able to say that I work there." He is well known within the Linux community as one of the core Linux developers and maintainer of the Ext3 and Ext4 file systems.

In a later comments, T'so says he'll be working on the Linux kernel, file systems and storage and that "Ext4 will definitely be one of the first things I'll be working on". T'so pointed to a posting from the Openwall mailing list from a fellow Google employee, Michael Rubin, which notes that Google is in the middle of upgrading from Ext2 file systems to a more modern option and have chosen Ext4 after extensive benchmarking.

Ts'o joined the Linux Foundation as a fellow in December 2007, after spending six years at IBM working on the performance and scalability of the Linux Kernel. He became CTO in December 2008 after the previous CTO, Markus Rex, returned to Novell. T'so had previously said that he was planning to return to IBM after completing his fellowship term. The Linux Foundation's executive director, Jim Zemlin, confirmed the news and told The H that "Ted Ts'o just completed his two-year fellowship at the Linux Foundation and is leveraging that experience for an amazing opportunity at Google. Similar fellowships at the Linux Foundation have been held by Andrew Morton and Andrew Tridgell."


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