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Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 02:45 pm PT (05:45 pm ET)

Apple software engineering director departs after 12 years to join iXsystems

A leader in the development of BSD and Unix technologies for both Apple's iOS and OS X is now leaving the company, it was announced on Tuesday, in order to take the engineering reins at iXsystems.

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iXsystems revealed on Tuesday the hiring on of Jordan Hubbard, who lists himself as Director of Software Engineering at Apple on his LinkedIn profile. Hubbard, according to iXsystems' announcement, will lead engineering and development at iXsystems, taking up control of open source storage platform FreeNAS and looking to expand the user base for the TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance. Hubbard will also work on other future projects for emerging enterprise and consumer markets.

A software engineer for more than 25 years, Hubbard was a co-founder of the FreeBSD project before signing on with Apple in June of 2001. Since then, he has served as a director of software engineering, developing the BSD and Unix technologies underlying Mac OS X and iOS.

Hubbard describes himself as a "long time advocate of and contributor to open source as a method for engineering collaboration and building new communities." He counts user interface design and the making of developer toolkits among his specialties.

"I’m very excited to have this opportunity to help guide iXsystems through its next phase of professional and technological development,” Hubbard said in a statement. “This is not just a great opportunity for me to be part of a company known for its strong support of FreeBSD and other open source software, but I’m also looking forward to helping it achieve new levels of success with the TrueNAS storage appliance and having the opportunity to create future innovative products."