Keith Packard Leaves Intel's Linux Graphics Work

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 20 January 2015 at 10:05 AM EST. 15 Comments
Longtime X developer Keith Packard has left Intel and their Linux graphics work in favor of picking up a gig at Hewlett-Packard.

Keith Packard has been an engineer with Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for the past ten years where he was a technical leader for the Linux Graphics software development team. During his tenure the Intel Linux graphics stack has improved a lot while the Intel HD Graphics hardware has also improved quite dramatically. The past few years at Intel he's mostly been involved with serving as the X.Org release manager, being an X.Org Foundation Board of Directors member, and working on various X improvements like DRI3+PRESENT, GLAMOR, etc.

During Keith's talk last week at Linux.Conf.Au 2015, he mentioned, "last Thursday [1 January] I stopped working on graphics... finally... My minion army will continue producing graphics excitement over the coming years in my absence." While many laughed at his opening remark, it's true.

After a decade of working for Intel, he left the company and started working at HP. According to his LinkedIn profile, he's now serving as a "distinguished technologist" at HP. Prior to joining Intel in late 2005, he had worked for HP for a couple years as an engineer following his SUSE days. The X.Org BoD page has also been updated to reflect his employment now by HP.

Outside of his open-source graphics roles as the X.Org Server release manager and X.Org BoD member, he also remains a member of the Debian Technical Committee.
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