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Linux Kernel Block Maintainer Joins Facebook

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Published on 24 January 2014 11:44 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Just a matter of weeks after the lead Btrfs file-system developers joined Facebook after leaving the Fusion-io data storage company, another key Linux kernel developer has left his post at Fusion-io to join the social network company.

Jens Axboe, the block layer maintainer for the mainline Linux kernel and is also responsible for lots of the other block and disk related work within the Linux kernel, is Facebook's newest employee. Jens Axboe had been working along side Chris Mason and other kernel developers at Fusion-io for the past few years -- also since leaving Oracle -- but now they've crossed paths again at Facebook.

Jens officially announced this change of employers today on the kernel mailing list. He wrote, "I have decided to leave Fusion-io, after about 3.5 years there. It's been an interesting ride and I would not have been without it, but now it's time to try new things. As can be deducted from above, I am now at Facebook. For fio, very little will change. On the linux kernel side, I now have more time to dedicate to continuing blk-mq development, and other interesting developments. I look forward to that!"

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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