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Ian Murdock
Vice President, Developer and Community Marketing
Sun Microsystems Inc.

Ian Murdock is Vice President of Developer and Community Marketing at Sun Microsystems, where he is responsible for maximizing the reach of Sun technology into the worldwide developer community. In this role, Ian guides overall developer strategy, marketing and programs for Sun's developer tools (NetBeans, Sun Studio), Sun Developer Network (SDN), Sun Tech Days developer events, Sun's open source communities, StarOffice and OpenOffice, the Java Communications Suite, and the web scale computing platform. Since joining Sun in March 2007, Ian has driven Project Indiana, the binary distribution of OpenSolaris designed to lower barriers to adoption for Solaris technology and lay the foundation for future releases of the Solaris platform.

Prior to joining Sun, Ian was Chief Technology Officer of the Linux Foundation and cofounder of Progeny, a provider of custom Linux platform technology. A longtime Linux user, developer, and advocate, Ian founded the Debian project in 1993. Today, Debian is one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world, with millions of users worldwide. Debian is also widely considered one of the most successful and influential open source projects ever launched: More than 1,000 volunteers in all parts of the world are currently involved in Debian development, and the founding document of the open source movement itself was originally a Debian position statement. Ian was also a founding director of the Open Source Initiative (1998-2001).

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