The weekly developer profile (which will be included with every weekly
report until we run out of developers to profile) is your opportunity to
get to know some of the people who are working on the PA-RISC/Linux
project. This week we talked with Matthew Wilcox, one of the developers
who started working on the project in its earliest stages.
Matthew "willy" Wilcox
Favourite colour: Blue. No, red. Aaaargh!
Current age: born 1976-06-22, so 23.
Current location: Basel, Switzerland.
Q: What's your current workplace/job?
MRW: Java developer at GeneData AG, Basel. Shortly to join a certain
flock in Ottawa.
Q: What other open-source development have you been involved with?
MRW: I contributed to several projects related to Acorn's RISC OS, which
is now defunct. I've also contributed code to GCC, glibc, Linux/ARM,
Q: Why did you decide to contribute to the PA-RISC/Linux porting project?
MRW: Because I had an unused 715/33 in my office and wondered if I could
do anything with it. Also, puffin [Alex deVries] was desperately
looking for people to help.
Q: When did you start contributing?
MRW: Shortly after the kick-off meeting at Linux Expo in May.
Q: What parts of the port have you worked on so far?
MRW: I wrote the binfmt_som loader and the syscall entry code. I've
also written some HPUX compatibility syscalls.
Q: What do you think is your most significant contribution to date?
MRW: The binfmt_som loader.
Q: What bits of the port are you interested in working on in the future?
MRW: I expect to continue my quest for HPUX compatibility and I'm
working with Dave Woodhouse and Tigran Aivazian on a general Linux
compatibility layer. I will also get into microoptimising some of the
low-level routines (eg. get_unaligned()).