Michael Meeks (software developer)

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Michael Meeks
Michael Meeks.jpg
Michael Meeks at the OpenOffice.org conference 2007 in Barcelona, Spain
Nationality British
Occupation Software developer for Collabora
Home town Cambridge, United Kingdom
Call-sign mmeeks
Website
http://www.gnome.org/~michael/

Michael Meeks is a British software developer. He is primarily "known" for his work on GNOME, OpenOffice.org and now LibreOffice[citation needed]. He has been a major contributor[citation needed] to the GNOME project for a long time working on its infrastructure and associated applications, particularly CORBA, Bonobo, Nautilus and GNOME accessibility.[1] He was hired as a Ximian developer by Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza in mid-2000, continuing at Novell, SuSE and then Collabora.[2]

Meeks is a free software hacker who has contributed a lot of time to decreasing program load time[citation needed]. He created the direct binding, hashvals, and dynsort implementations for GNU Binutils and glibc. Most of this work was focused at making OpenOffice.org and now its fork LibreOffice start faster, and was later subsumed into the "-hash-style=gnu" linking optimization. His work on iogrind also allows applications to be profiled and optimized to first-time (or 'cold') start far more rapidly.

He supports LibreOffice and Evolution as the free software solutions for document editing and groupware.[3]

Previously he worked for Quantel gaining expertise in real time AV editing and playback achieved with high performance focused hardware/software solutions.[citation needed]

Meeks is a Christian, which he says made him think about the moral aspects of his own illegal use of non-free software and converted him finally to free software.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James, Daniel (2007-05-07). "Meek not geek — Interview with Michael Meeks of OpenOffice.org". Tux Deluxe. Frank Pohlmann. Archived from the original on 2011-01-04. 
  2. ^ Meeks, Michael (3 September 2013). "Collabora and LibreOffice". Stuff Michael Meeks is doing (blog). Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Kwang, Kevin (2010-12-23). "OSS recommended picks for business users". ZDNet. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2011-01-04.