Intel Lost Another Open-Source Driver Developer To Google Earlier This Summer
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 27 August 2016 at 09:35 AM EDT. 8 Comments
There was another long-time Intel open-source Linux graphics driver developer that left the company earlier this summer and is now working at Google on the Chrome/Chromium OS graphics stack.

Among the notable departures in the past few months from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center were Jesse Barnes, Wayland-founder Kristian Høgsberg, and Dirk Hohndel and apparently others that went under the radar or outside of our area of focus. Another graphics driver developer no longer at Intel is Chad Versace.

Chad Versace had been at Intel since 2010 worked as Intel's representative to Khronos for two years, was one of the original Intel Vulkan driver developers, worked on various OpenGL driver features, and was also the founder of the Waffle project for making portable the OpenGL API version as well as the windowing system API to runtime. I only realized he was no longer at Intel this week when seeing a reviewed-by where he's now with a Chromium email address.

Chad's CV confirms he is now at Google working on Chromium. His focus there is on the Chrome OS graphics stack with OpenGL, Vulkan, EGL and Mesa. This appears to be similar to Kristian also now at Google working working on the Chromium graphics stack. Chad apparently left Intel about two months ago.

It should be interesting to see what further improvements Google will make to its Chrome graphics stack considering the new developers joining the crew.
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