Approaching the 45th year of his career, Warren Woodford is one of the most senior people in the computer industry. He was an early adopter who helped shape some of the technologies we take for granted today like desktop computing, software plugins, custom integration, online information at your fingertips, easy to use interfaces, automated (“automagical”) background functionality, and service architecture.
Warren started MEPIS in 2002 as a testbed for learning Linux and with the goal of integrating a Linux distro that met his personal standards–standards that were influenced by working with GUIs at Xerox in the 80s and being a NeXT and now an OSX developer. The result was the well liked desktop Linux distro known as SimplyMEPIS. Warren maintains MEPIS for his own satisfaction and for the benefit of the MEPIS user community. Through MEPIS LLC, Warren continues a successful consulting practice where he and his associates specialize in solving product design and mission critical problems for startups and large corporate clients.