Matt joined Amazon.com in February 2010 as a Principal Systems Engineer for the Kernel and Operating System team.
Prior to Amazon, he was the Chief Architect and a Founding Engineer at rPath. There Matt co-designed and co-authored Conary, a software version control system. Conary made building and maintaining complex software systems with multiple versions and interdependencies possible. As Chief Architect he was responsible for the technical quality of rPath’s products. He was also instrumental in identifying the needs and solutions for rPath’s most important customers. As one of the first three employees at rPath in February 2004, he had his hands in a little bit of everything at the company.
Prior to rPath, Matt was the Manager of the Base Operating System team at Red Hat. Matt joined Red Hat as a part time programmer in 1998. His first programming assignment was the maintenance and feature enhancement of the system installer. By the end of 1998, Matt was working at Red Hat full time. He was one of the original authors of Anaconda, the installation system used by Red Hat today. As a senior engineer, he lead the team of developers responsible for Anaconda. Matt represented Red Hat as a member of the Linux Standard Base Specification working group.
Outside work, Matt is active in the Linux and Free/Open Source Software community. He has been a member of the Programme Committee of the Annual Linux Symposium, traditionally held in Ottawa each year, for 2008 and 2009. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Software Freedom Conservancy. The Conservancy is a 501©(3) organization providing administrative and financial services to Free and Open Source software projects including Samba, Boost and jQuery.
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