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Nationality  American
Education  University of Chicago
Role  Software engineer

Name  Havoc Pennington
Occupation  Computer programmer
Employer  Typesafe Inc.
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Full Name  Robert Sanford Havoc Pennington
Known for  Linux, GNOME development
Books  GTK+/Gnome Application Development

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Robert Sanford Havoc Pennington (born c. 1976) is an American computer engineer and entrepreneur. He is known in the free software movement due to his work on HAL, GNOME, Metacity, GConf, and D-Bus.



Havoc Pennington graduated from the University of Chicago in 1998. After graduation, he worked at Red Hat as a Desktop manager/engineer for nine years, ending in 2008. He was also one of the main developers of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, and also founded the project in 2000. He promoted the idea of the Gnome Online Desktop in 2007. For a time, he led the development of the 2006–2009 Mugshot project. From 2008 until June 2011, he worked on a consumer product for the startup company Litl (hardware, and proprietary software and services). From 2011 to 2015 he worked for Typesafe (now Lightbend).


  • Havoc Pennington, GTK+ /Gnome Application Development, Sams, ISBN 978-0735700789, 1999.
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