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Open Source FreeBSD Co-Founder Leaving Apple

beastieFrom the 'Think Different Be a Beastie' files:

Jordan Hubbard, the open source developer that helped to co-found the FreeBSD Project back in 1993 is leaving Apple.

Hubbard had been at Apple since 2001 and his most recent title was the Director of UNIX Technology. Mac OS X after all has strong roots in FreeBSD and Hubbard's employment at Apple was a key part of that.

Hubbard is now set to join iXsystems as CTO effective July 15th. iXsystems is a long time supporter and advocate of FreeBSD.

I’m very excited to have this opportunity to help guide iXsystems through its next phase of professional and technological development," Hubbard said in a statement. "This is not just a great opportunity for me to be part of a company known for its strong support of FreeBSD and other open source software, but I’m also looking forward to helping it achieve new levels of success with the TrueNAS storage appliance and having the opportunity to create future innovative products."

So what does this mean for Apple?

Likely not a whole lot. Apple is not likely to stray too far from Mac OS X's BSD core. Then again Apple's core focus lately is all about mobile, which seems to influence the desktop now more than the other way around.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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