Colin Guthrie

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Colin Guthrie

Mageia/systemd/PulseAudio

Biography

I have been an avid user of Linux for the last twenty or so years and in that time have built up a wealth of experience and connections.

Initially involved in Mandrake Linux as a packager/contributor and then through the renaming process to Mandriva. When the commerical company behind Mandriva hit financial troubles, I, along with several other former employees, was one of the founding members of the Mageia distribution which is still going strong.

Over the years my areas of focus have shifted somewhat. Originally I was maintainer of X.org stack and helped push the eyecandy related Compiz packages. I moved on to caring about audio and was responsible for pushing PulseAudio as the default audio option in Mandriva which received very good writeups for the way in which it was introduced and it’s stability there compared to other distributions. I was heavily involved in the upstream PulseAudio project.

Laterly, focus has shifted again but remains in the Plumbing layers. I have been responsible for pushing systemd and dracut as the boot+init solutions in Mageia and adapting various tools as well as contributing back to upstream dracut and systemd (albeit minimally in the case of the latter).

I remain very interested in Audio and the other Plumbing layers although my day job is unrelated and invovles web development and a little sysadmin at my own company Tribalogic Ltd http://www.tribalogic.net