Havoc Pennington

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Havoc Pennington
Born Robert Sanford Havoc Pennington
Nationality American
Occupation Computer programmer
Employer Typesafe Inc.
Known for Linux, GNOME development

Robert Sanford Havoc Pennington (born c. 1976) is an American computer engineer and entrepreneur. He is known in the free software community due to his work on HAL, GNOME, Metacity, GConf, and D-BUS.[1][2]


Havoc Pennington graduated from the University of Chicago in 1998. After graduation, he worked at Red Hat as a Desktop manager/engineer for 9 years, ending in 2008. He was also one of the main developers of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, and also founded the project freedesktop.org in 2000. [3][4] He promoted the idea of the Gnome Online Desktop in 2007.[citation needed] For a time,[when?] he led the development of the 2006-2009 Mugshot project. From 2008 until June 2011, he worked on a consumer product for the startup company Litl (hardware, and proprietary software and services). Since then, he has worked for Typesafe.



  1. ^ Roberts, Jonathan. "Interview with Havoc Pennington". Free Software Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Roblimo. "Havoc Pennington Answers". Slashdot.org. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Rayiner Hashem & Eugenia Loli-Queru. "The Big freedesktop.org Interview". OSnews.com. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Loli, Eungenia. "Havoc Pennington: Linux has its Nails on UNIX's Coffin". Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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