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Daniel D. Frye, Vice President - IBM Open Systems Development, is responsible for the IBM Linux development team – the IBM Linux Technology Center (LTC) – as well as for a variety of other open source and non-open source software development efforts in IBM. Dr. Frye joined IBM as a research scientist in 1987 and has worked a variety of positions since then.
The mission of the LTC is to help the global open source Linux community make Linux better, to ensure Enterprise-level Linux support for IBM’s hardware, software, and services brands and clients, and to help expand the reach of Linux into new markets. LTC engineers are trusted, valued members of dozens of open source communities and contribute broadly to open source in many respects.
Prior to his current responsibilities, Dr. Frye was a member of IBM’s Emerging Technologies and Business Opportunities team where he worked on company-wide technical strategies that predicted future trends and transitions in the IT industry. It was during this time that Dr. Frye co-authored the original IBM corporate strategies for both Linux and open source software. Since then, Dr. Frye has been a key participant in both the IBM-wide Linux and open source core teams that have overseen the adoption of Linux and open source as key strategic initiatives for IBM. Dr. Frye is a founding Board member of The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Dr. Frye was also a board member of the Open Source Development Laboratory before the establishment of The Linux Foundation.
Dr. Frye has an M.A. in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University (1982) and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Idaho (1979). He also received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Atomic Physics from The Johns Hopkins University (1986). He was elected to the University of Idaho Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010 for industry leadership in Open Source Software and was named member of the College of Science Academy of Distinguished Alumni, University of Idaho, 2011.