Matthew Garrett

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Garrett at 2009 giving a talk titled How I learned to stop worrying and love ACPI.[1]

Matthew Garrett is a technologist, programmer, and free software activist who is a major contributor to a series of free software projects including Linux, Debian, Ubuntu, and Red Hat. He is a recipient of the Free Software Award from the Free Software Foundation for his work on Secure Boot, UEFI, and the Linux kernel.[2]

Garrett was born in Galway, Ireland[3] and has a PhD in Genetics from the University of Cambridge.[4] He is the author of several articles on Drosophila melanogaster (i.e., fruit fly) genetics.[5][6][7]

Garrett has been a contributor to the Debian GNU/Linux project, was an early contributor to Ubuntu, was an initial member of the Ubuntu Technical Board, worked as a contractor at Canonical Ltd., and worked at Red Hat.[citation needed] At Canonical Ltd. and Red Hat, Garrett worked on power management in Linux.[8] While at Red Hat, Garrett also worked on issues relating to Secure Boot and UEFI and the Linux kernel in order to preserve users' ability to run the operating system of their choosing on hardware supporting Secure Boot.[9] This work eventually led to his being awarded the 2013 FSF Free Software Award.[2]

Garrett currently works at the cloud computing platform company Nebula and is cited in the press as an expert in cloud computing issues.[10]

Garrett has been a strong advocate for software freedom and compliance with the GNU GPL in the Linux kernel. For example, Garrett filed a complaint with US Customs against Fusion Garage due to violations of the GPL license.[11][12]

Garrett has also been outspoken on a series of cultural issues within the free software community including a number of issues related to feminism, sexism, and women in free software. For example, Garrett was involved in publicizing an incident in which Microsoft employees contributed code to the Linux Kernel that included hexadecimal code 0xB16B00B5 which was meant to refer to the English phrase "BIG BOOBS" and for publicly criticizing Microsoft for this.[13]

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  1. ^ Miniconf Schedule for Monday 2009, copy hosted on the Internet archive.
  2. ^ a b Free Software Foundation (2014-03-21). "Matthew Garrett, GNOME Foundation's Outreach Program for Women are Free Software Award winners". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  3. ^ Garrett, Matthew (2014-08-11). "birthplace". mjg59's journal. 
  4. ^ Garrett, Matthew James (2010). Comparative genomic analysis as a tool for locating novel functional elements in D. melanogaster. Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ Garrett, Matthew; Ane Fullaondo, Larent Troxler, Gos Micklem, David Gubb (2009-10-22). "Identification and analysis of serpin-family genes by homology and synteny across the 12 sequenced Drosophilid genomes". BMC Genomics 10 (1): 489. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-489. ISSN 1471-2164. PMC 2770083. PMID 19849829. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Stephanie G.; Matthew J. Garrett, Joseph W. Carlson, Gos Micklem, Susan E. Celniker, Elliott S. Goldstein, Stuart J. Newfeld (2007-11-01). "Phylogenetic and Genomewide Analyses Suggest a Functional Relationship Between kayak, the Drosophila Fos Homolog, and fig, a Predicted Protein Phosphatase 2C Nested Within a kayak Intron". Genetics 177 (3): 1349–1361. doi:10.1534/genetics.107.071670. ISSN 0016-6731. PMID 18039871. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  7. ^ Guo, Jiannan; Matthew Garrett, Gos Micklem, Saverio Brogna (2011-02-15). "Poly(A) Signals Located near the 5′ End of Genes Are Silenced by a General Mechanism That Prevents Premature 3′-End Processing". Molecular and Cellular Biology 31 (4): 639–651. doi:10.1128/MCB.00919-10. ISSN 0270-7306. PMID 21135120. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Intel's Rapid Start Technology Will Soon Hit Linux". 2013-07-06. 
  9. ^ "Microsoft, Red Hat spar over secure boot-loading tech". Computer News Middle East. 2011-09-25. 
  10. ^ Magnanti, Dr Brooke. "Could the UK really block internet porn?". Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  11. ^ Matthew Garrett files case with US Customs against Fusion Garage, 2010.
  12. ^ Meeker, Heather J. (2012). "Open Source and the Age of Enforcement". Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal 4 (267). 
  13. ^ Garrett, Matthew (2012-07-13). "[PATCH] hv: Change the guest ID value". LKML. LKML. Retrieved 2014-07-07.