Dustin Kirkland is responsible for Ubuntu's technical strategy, road map, life cycle, and Canonical's Cloud and IoT commercial offerings, as a senior member of the Product and Strategy team, led by Mark Shuttleworth.
Dustin is an active Core Developer of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, maintainer of numerous open source projects, and the creator of Byobu and DivItUp.com. Dustin is the inventor of QWERsive (the technology behind Swype keyboards), and the architect of the Orange Box (10-node portable cloud hardware).
Formerly the CTO of Gazzang, a venture funded start-up acquired by Cloudera, Dustin designed and implemented an innovative key management system for the cloud, called zTrustee, and delivered comprehensive security for cloud and big data platforms with eCryptfs and other encryption technologies.
A Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2001 graduate, Dustin lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Kimberly, daughters, and his Australian Shepherds, Aggie and Tiger. Dustin is also an avid home brewer and finds it weird to write about himself in the third person.