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FreeBSD Co-founder Jordan Hubbard Leaves Apple To Join iXsystems 58

New submitter transam writes "After a long stint at Apple doing all kinds of Unix-y goodness, Jordan Hubbard has moved onto iXsystems to lead engineering and development, including heading up the FreeNAS project. Apple's loss is their gain."
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FreeBSD Co-founder Jordan Hubbard Leaves Apple To Join iXsystems

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  • AHA! (Score:4, Funny)

    by shentino ( 1139071 ) <> on Wednesday July 24, 2013 @06:30PM (#44375043)

    No WONDER Apple is a cult, one of the executives has a scientologist for a brother!

  • You just noticed? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Desler ( 1608317 ) on Wednesday July 24, 2013 @06:33PM (#44375077)
    • I agree slashdot has been a bit behind but it's still worth posting since most of us slashdoters are Unix and Linux nerds.
  • Grats (Score:5, Interesting)

    by m.dillon ( 147925 ) on Wednesday July 24, 2013 @06:35PM (#44375097) Homepage

    Should be nice taking a break from Apple's high-stress environment. IX, maybe do a few apps on the side... there ya go!


    • by Desler ( 1608317 )

      To add the quote:

      Jordan Hubbard will assume the duties of iXsystems CTO on July 15, 2013.

    • Next time I'll just raise my little finger and then the angry comments will *really* start to fly :-)

      In anycase, my brother worked for Apple for a number of years and it can be quite a high-stress environment. Probably the highest-stress environment of any company, anywhere. But ex-Apple employees often take away a good chunk of change plus lots of great ongoing contacts which works naturally well when moving onto to another job that might then do (more) business with Apple in the future. The Apple ecosy

    • He's been at Apple for the entirety of Mac OS X to date. He's made his pile of cash off options and employee stock purchase, and now he's returning to what he loves - producing free (BSD is as free you can get) software that is really useful.

  • by wbr1 ( 2538558 ) on Wednesday July 24, 2013 @07:07PM (#44375377)
    Nothing good ever came from iX, or Richese for that matter. The Tleilaxu however... I need a few Gholas.
  • He did a lot of great work at Apple, and I hope he enjoys his new role.


  • This news is well beyond old. I saw this two weeks ago, and the article is from a month ago. It was plastered all over the news outlets and geek sites, because it's not exactly a trivial thing.

  • by ModernGeek ( 601932 ) on Wednesday July 24, 2013 @11:32PM (#44377529)
    FreeNAS is kludgy and broken. The idea is noble, and the feature set is great. The implementation just needs some talent to pull the user interface and backend closer together, and to fix the bugs under the hood so that it can become a respectable solution. If it could end up in hardware that's available off the shelf, I could see some vendors willing to fork over some cash to the project as well.
    • by CAIMLAS ( 41445 ) on Wednesday July 24, 2013 @11:59PM (#44377663) Homepage

      As someone who uses FreeNAS and who has many customers running it in high demand environments, I'm going to have to disagree with you.

      I've had no problem replacing the latest generation, $80k NetApps with comparable $20k redundant TrueNas systems from ixSystems and seeing massive gains in performance at the same time, so I'm really curious where you get "kludgy" and "broken", nevermind "bugs under the hood".

      Oh, upon further reading, it appears you really didn't understand what we're talking about here, so my apologies if I come off as an ass. We're talking about ix. You know, a vendor which has a branded version of FreeNAS called TrueNas, which they sell on their own hardware?

      FreeNAS runs just fine on pretty damn near anything "off the shelf" of decent quality. You know, pick pretty much any Supermicro board. (You're going to run into problems with shitty Broadcom et al based systems, but then you're an idiot, and are going to run into those problems with pretty much everything but Windows...)

      • I'll ditto CAIMLAS' remarks except that I run FreeNAS on a home-kludge setup - Sunfire x4100 with a no-name $99 external disk array and bundled eSATA card. Setup was clean and quick - the Sun hardware did not burp when I put the non-Sun eSATA card in - and now I am able to use the 3TB array as a networked Time Machine drive as well as a media drive. If FreeNAS can survive my ham-handed efforts, as well as small- to medium-enterprise installations for lower cost and better performance, then I think they are

      • As someone who uses FreeNAS and who has many customers running it in high demand environments, I'm going to have to disagree with you.

        Speaks more of your lack of experience than FreeNAS itself.

        FreeNAS has felt kludgy and broken for years now. Perhaps just because you work with even shittier and ridiculously expensive NetApp crap, you think that FreeNAS is impressive, but its really not.

        I dropped FreeNAS some time ago, its ZFS support (due to using old releases of FBSD) was asstastic, and as such, performance was absolutely pathetic. Unless they've bumped up to AT LEAST 9.1-STABLE, ZFS performance is still going to be asstastic, forget a

      • by smash ( 1351 )

        Whilst I run FreeNAS several things are keeping it from being useful in a Windows enterprise environment: SMB2 support and the web GUI breaks inexplicably in IE9. Reasons unknown and pretty much irrelevant: this is the job I need it to do at work, and i can't deploy it because of this.

        I run it at home just fine with my Macs, but yeah - for enterprise use it needs to be fixed.

  • Someone will fix OS X to be a proper operating system, instead of a kludge of different build versions for different model of computers. It's so far from elegant and modular that it's a disgrace.

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