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Sunday April 11, 2004
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.