Bdale Garbee

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Bdale Garbee
Bdale Garbee in 2007
Alfred Dickinson Barksdale Garbee II
Other namesBdale Garbee
SpouseKaren Garbee

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

Free software[edit]

Garbee has been a Debian developer since October 1994, 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 served[when?] as chairman of the Debian Technical Committee.[3]

Garbee has served on the board of directors of Software in the Public Interest, the non-profit organization that collects donations for Debian and many other Free software projects, since July 29, 2004, and was elected president on August 1, 2006.[4]

Garbee was formerly on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation where he represented the interests of individual members and developers.

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 as Fellow in the Office of the CTO in 2014, with the goal to help driving HP's Open Source strategy.[8] He retired for the second time in September 2016.[9]


An interview with Garbee and Keith Packard at 2014.

The name "Bdale" is an abbreviation of "Barksdale", given in honor of his maternal grandfather, Judge Alfred D. Barksdale.[10]

At 2009, Garbee's 27-year-old beard was removed by Linus Torvalds to raise funds for Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease research.[11][12] They raised between AU$35,000 and AU$40,000.

His house in Colorado was destroyed by the Black Forest Fire in June 2013.[13]


  1. ^ "M Motor Launch Pueblo, CO USA". YouTube.
  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. ^ "Open Source Veteran Bdale Garbee Joins FreedomBox Foundation Board" (Press release). FreedomBox Foundation. 2011-03-10.
  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. ^ Garbee, Bdale (2016-09-29). "Second Retirement". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  10. ^ Garbee, Bdale. "Bdale Garbee, KB0G". Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Corbet, Jonathan (2009-01-23). "Beardless Bdale". Eklektix, Inc. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  13. ^ Garbee, Bdale. "Black Forest Fire 2013". Retrieved 2014-02-09.

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Preceded by Debian Project Leader
April 2002 – April 2003
Succeeded by