Matthew Garrett

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Matthew Garrett
Matthew Garrett.jpg
Garrett at 2009 giving a talk titled How I learned to stop worrying and love ACPI[1]
Born Galway, Ireland
Other names mjg59
Education Computational Genetics
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Software developer
Employer Google
Known for Free software development and advocacy
Awards Free Software Award

Matthew Garrett is a technologist, programmer, and free software activist who is a major contributor to a series of free software projects including Linux, GNOME, Debian, Ubuntu, and Red Hat.[2] 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.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Garrett states that he was born in Galway, Ireland[4][5][6][7] and has a PhD in Genetics from the University of Cambridge.[8] He is the author of several articles on Drosophila melanogaster (i.e., fruit fly) genetics.[9][10][11]

Garrett has been a contributor to the GNOME[12][13] and the Debian Linux projects, 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.[2] At Canonical Ltd. and Red Hat, Garrett worked on power management in Linux.[14] 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.[15] This work eventually led to his being awarded the 2013 FSF Free Software Award.[3]

Garrett worked at the cloud computing platform company CoreOS and is cited in the press as an expert in cloud computing issues.[16] Since January 28, 2017 he is working for Google.[17]

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.[3]


Garrett has been a strong advocate for software freedom and compliance with the GNU General Public License (GPL) in the Linux kernel. For example, Garrett filed a complaint with US Customs against Fusion Garage due to violations of the GPL.[18][19]

In October 2014, Garrett stated on his blog that he would no longer contribute Linux kernel changes relating to Intel hardware, in response to Intel pulling their ads from Gamasutra over the Gamergate controversy. However, after Intel took steps to demonstrate commitment to diversity in a way that he appreciated, he edited the post to reflect that he was happy to resume working with them.[20]


  1. ^ "Miniconf Schedule for Monday". 2009. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Gareth Greenaway (27 January 2013). "INTERVIEW: Matthew Garrett". SCALE. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c 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. 
  4. ^ Garrett, Matthew (2014-08-11). "birthplace". mjg59's journal. 
  5. ^ Where Matthew was born. Ramblings, 2016.
  6. ^ Civil Registration, 25 Newcastle Road, Galway, Ireland
  7. ^ suehle (4 February 2016). "Important for reasons" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ Garrett, Matthew James (2010). "Comparative genomic analysis as a tool for locating novel functional elements in D. melanogaster". Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge. 
  9. ^ 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. ISSN 1471-2164. PMC 2770083Freely accessible. PMID 19849829. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-489. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  10. ^ 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. ISSN 0016-6731. PMC 2147949Freely accessible. PMID 18039871. doi:10.1534/genetics.107.071670. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  11. ^ 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. ISSN 0270-7306. PMC 3028650Freely accessible. PMID 21135120. doi:10.1128/MCB.00919-10. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  12. ^ Garrett, Matthew (2004-07-27). "Application from Matthew Garrett". GNOME Foundation Membership Applications mailing list. 
  13. ^ Garrett, Matthew (2014-05-05). "Application from Matthew Garrett". GNOME Foundation Membership Applications mailing list. 
  14. ^ "Intel's Rapid Start Technology Will Soon Hit Linux". 2013-07-06. 
  15. ^ "Microsoft, Red Hat spar over secure boot-loading tech". Computer News Middle East. 2011-09-25. 
  16. ^ Magnanti, Dr Brooke. "Could the UK really block internet porn?". Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  17. ^ "Matthew Garrett on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  18. ^ Matthew Garrett files case with US Customs against Fusion Garage, 2010.
  19. ^ Meeker, Heather J. (2012). "Open Source and the Age of Enforcement". Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal. 4 (267). 
  20. ^ "Actions have consequences (or: why I'm not fixing Intel's bugs any more)". Matthew Garrett blog. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

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