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Linas Vepstas

Linas Vepstas

Linas Vepstas received a PhD in Physics from SUNY at Stonybrook in 1985. After a postdoc in France, Linas joined IBM as a graphics systems architect, helping build OpenGL 3D graphics hardware & software in the RS/6000 division. After nearly a decade of hands-on experience in business, marketing, and technology, Linas was bit by the dot-com bug and left IBM in 1995. After founding several companies, he should have been a billionaire by now.

During a fit of boredom, Linas created the i370 port of gcc, gas and Linux for the IBM S/370 instruction set mainframes, shortly before IBM announced its own separate effort targeting the S/390. Not being able to compete with this incompatible port, he moved on, and is currently designing embedded systems for a tiny startup company.

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