James Turnbull

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This article is about the Australian software developer. For the Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, see James Youll Turnbull. For the Nova Scotia lawyer and politician, see James Turnbull (politician). For first to ascend the Colorado River by steamboat, see James Turnbull (steamboat captain).
James Turnbull
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James Turnbull at Linux.conf.au 2008 (photo by Michael Davies)
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Nationality Australian
Occupation Author, Engineer, Ops & Security.
Employer Kickstarter, Docker
Known for Author of technical books, involvement in Free Software community, engineering, systems management and security
Title VP of Engineering

James Turnbull is an Australian free software and open source author, security specialist, and software developer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York where he is VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and an advisor at Docker Inc.[1] Prior to that he was VP of Engineering at Venmo.[2] He was also VP of Technology Operations for the open source company Puppet Labs.[3]


Turnbull has been involved in IT and the open source community since the early 1990s. He has written seven books on Linux security and open source software:

He has also published numerous articles on Linux and open source technology.[11]

Free Software involvement[edit]

Turnbull is a contributor to Docker (software), the open source logging tool Logstash,[12] the qpsmtpd SMTP daemon, the release manager of the Puppet configuration management tool, and a contributor to the Facter system inventory tool.

Turnbull was the Treasurer, member of the papers committee, and coordinated the mini-conference program at linux.conf.au 2008.[13]

He is a member of Linux Australia, including being President in 2010 and sitting on the Executive Council in 2008.[14] He has previously also been on the committee of Linux Users of Victoria.


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