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Ben Collins is a programmer, Linux developer and system administrator.
In his early career Collins worked as desktop publisher, web designer, as engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center and for several internet service providers (ISPs). Collins worked at Winstar Communications during 2000–2001.
From April 2001 to April 2002 Collins acted as the Debian Project Leader. During his tenor he specialised on the UltraSPARC port and advocated for proactive security and testing policies. Debian is a computer operating system composed of software packages released as free and open source software primarily under the GNU General Public License. Collins had stood for Debian Project Leader two times prior to being elected. When he took up the role he commented that when he joined the project Ian Jackson, who was at the end of his term as Debian Project Leader, was "very inactive". Jackson was followed by Wichert Akkerman for two terms, and according to Collins "did an excellent job keeping Debian going". Once elected Collins declared his intent to get Debian moving and during his tenor he sought to provide strategic leadership to build the Debian movement. Collins was succeeded as Debian Project Leader by Bdale Garbee.
Following his tenure as Debian Project Leader Collins worked for Canonical Ltd as the Linux kernel team leader for Ubuntu. Collins maintained the IEEE 1394 "Firewire" subsystem in the Linux kernel. In September 2004 Collins founded SwissDisk along with his brother Ken Collins.
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April 2001 – April 2002
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