Wim Taymans

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Wim Taymans
Born (1972-06-21) June 21, 1972 (age 46)
OccupationLead Software Designer

Wim Taymans (full name Wim Odilia Georges Taymans) is a software developer and Belgian national based in Barcelona, Spain. Taymans started his career in multimedia development on the Commodore 64 writing various games and demos. He was known in the Commodore 64 coding community under the nickname The Wim. In 1990 he was the coder behind the C64 game Puffy's Saga[1] which was distributed by Ubisoft. He later moved on to the Amiga where he among other things wrote a version of the classic game Boulderdash.

In 1994 he installed the Linux operating system on his Amiga and has since been involved with the development of various multimedia technologies for the Linux platform. His first efforts on Linux were some assembly optimizations for the rtjpeg library; later, he worked on the Trinity video editor before teaming up with Erik Walthinsen to create the GStreamer multimedia framework.

In 2004 he started working for Fluendo in Spain as employee number 3. While working for Fluendo he designed and wrote most of what today is the 0.10 release series of GStreamer. In July 2007 he left Fluendo together with many of the other GStreamer developers and joined up with United Kingdom company Collabora. As part of his previous job at Collabora[2] he maintained and developed GStreamer further, with the aim of providing Linux and other Unix and Unix-like operating systems with a competitive and powerful multimedia framework. In November 2013, Wim started a new endeavour as a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat and will spend most of his time working on upstream GStreamer.

He was the main architect and developer behind the GStreamer 1.0 release which came out on September 24, 2012.

In July 2015 it was announced that Wim is designing and writing Pinos from his position as Principal Engineer at Red Hat. Pinos is a service based on GStreamer for handling video hardware, much in the spirit of PulseAudio.[3]


  1. ^ GameFAQs: Puffy's Saga, [1]. Retrieved on 2010-01-05.
  2. ^ Collabora, About us: Wim Taymans [2]. Retrieved on 2010-01-05.
  3. ^ Fedora Workstation next steps : Introducing Pinos, [3]. Retrieved on 2015-07-02.

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