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Bdale Garbee


Bdale Garbee

Bdale Garbee
Bdale Garbee in 2007
Born Alfred Dickinson Barksdale Garbee II
Nationality American
Other names Bdale Garbee
Spouse(s) Karen Garbee
Children 2
Website //bdale.comgag

Bdale Garbee [1] is an American computer specialist who works with Linux, particularly Debian. He is also an amateur radio hobbyist (KB0G), a member of AMSAT, Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (former vice-president) and the American Radio Relay League.


  • Free Software 1
  • Personal 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Free Software

Garbee has been a Debian developer since October 1994 in the earliest days of the project. He set up the original developer machine named in 1995. He served as a Debian Project Leader (DPL) for one year (2002-2003),[2] and currently serves as chairman of the Debian Technical Committee.[3]

Garbee has served on the board of directors of Free Software projects, since July 29, 2004, and was elected president on August 1, 2006.[4]

Garbee represents the interests of individual members and developers on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation.

In September 2008, he received a "Lutèce d'Or" during the French event Paris Capitale du Libre as the FLOSS personality of the year.

In March 2011, Bdale Garbee agreed to join the FreedomBox Foundation's board of directors and chair its technical advisory committee.[5]

He retired at the end of August 2012 from long service as the Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard.[6] From September to December 2013 he was a part-time Senior Adviser to the Open Source Group at Samsung.[7]

He was hired back by HP in 2014, with the goal to help driving HP's Open Source strategy. [8]


The name "Bdale" is an abbreviation of "Barksdale", given in honor of his maternal grandfather, Alfred D. Barksdale.

At 2009, Garbee's 27-year-old beard was removed by Linus Torvalds to raise funds for Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease research.[9][10] They raised between AU$35,000 and AU$40,000.

His house was destroyed by the Black Forest fire, on 11 June 2013.[11]


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  2. ^ "Debian Project Leader Elections 2002". Debian Project. 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Debian's Organizational Structure". Debian Project. 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  4. ^ Graham, David (2006-08-01). "New board officers appointed". Software in the Public Interest, Inc. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Garbee, Bdale (2012-08-01). "Early Retirement". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  7. ^ Garbee, Bdale (2014-02-10). "Garbee and Garbee/ index". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Bdale Garbee's official bio." (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-25. 
  9. ^ Varghese, Sam (2009-01-22). "LCA2009: Of beards and saving the Tasmanian devil". iTWire. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  10. ^ corbet (2009-01-23). "Beardless Bdale". Eklektix, Inc. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Black Forest Fire 2013.". Retrieved 2014-02-09. 

External links

  • Bdale Garbee's homepage
  • Beyond Doing Business, podcast of Garbee's keynote at OSCON, 2004.
  • A conversation with Bdale Garbee, iTWire, January 2009
Preceded by
Ben Collins
Debian Project Leader
April 2002 – April 2003
Succeeded by
Martin Michlmayr
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