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Mark Wielaard

Mark studied Theoretical Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam working on functional and logic programming languages.

In the past he has worked on GNUJSP and free servlet libraries. In 2000 he joined GNU Classpath and since 2003 he is the GNU maintainer and release manager of that project. Mark also wrote the The Hunting of the Snark project, an implementation of the BitTorrent protocol with GCJ and the java-gnome bindings.

Since 2006 he works for Red Hat in the Engineering Tools group. The Engineering Tools group works on projects like GCC, GDB, elfutils, SystemTap and Eclipse.

In 2007 when Sun announced they would release parts of the java reference implementation as Free Software under the GPL, he helped set up the IcedTea project which provides a full Free Software distribution of OpenJDK.

He currently lives in Deventer, the Netherlands and is employed by Red Hat as Senior Software Engineer to work on the SystemTap and elfutils projects.