Jeff Waugh

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Jeff Waugh
Jeff Waugh by Pascal Terjan.jpg
Jeff Waugh speaking at GUADEC
Nationality Australian
Other names jdub
Occupation Principal consultant[1]
Employer Waugh Partners
Known for Prominence in Free Software community, especially GNOME and Ubuntu
Website Be the signal

Jeff Waugh (also known as "jdub") is an Australian free software and open source software engineer. He is a consultant for Waugh Partners and is known for his past prominence in the GNOME and Ubuntu projects and communities.


In 2004, Waugh was hired by Mark Shuttleworth as an early employee of Canonical Ltd. and member of the Ubuntu project, where he worked in business development.[2][3] At OSCON in 2005, Waugh won "Best Evangelist" in the Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards for his evangelism of Ubuntu and GNOME.[4][5] He announced his resignation from Canonical in July 2006 to focus more fully on his work in the GNOME project.[6]

From 2007 Waugh and then-wife Pia Waugh were co-directors of Waugh Partners, an Australian Open Source consultancy launched in 2006.[7] Waugh Partners won the 2007 NSW State Pearcey Award for Young Achievers for their work promoting Free Software to the Australian ICT industry.[8] In 2008 Waugh was a partner of the One Laptop Per Child Australia program.[9] From 2009–2011 Waugh was the sole director of Waugh Partners, following Pia Waugh's move to a new career. From 2011 onwards he has been employed by Bulletproof Networks.


Waugh has served in a number of formal and semi-formal positions in Free Software development and community projects:

Other development projects

Waugh is an author of the Python feed aggregator Planet.

Personal life

Waugh was married to fellow open-source advocate and community leader Pia Waugh née Smith until 2011.[21] He wrote on his blog in September 2011, on the occasion of RUOK? Day, that he had been struggling with depression since his late teens, and that it had been a contributing factor to the divorce, but that he felt he had overcome it.[22]


  1. Waugh, Jeff. "About Jeff Waugh". Retrieved 8 July 2008. 
  2. Bodnar, Ladislav (22 September 2004). "Ubuntu: A Universal Bond of Sharing". Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  3. Loli-Queru, Eugenia (16 September 2004). "Interview with Jeff Waugh on Ubuntu Linux". OSNews. Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  4. "Awarded: $25G in Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards". 2 August 2005. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  5. "Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards – Hall of Fame". Google. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  6. Waugh, Jeff (15 July 2006). "Swimming upstream". Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  7. Gedda, Rodney (23 November 2006). "Waugh Partners to open up IT industry". Computerworld. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  8. Gedda, Rodney (7 December 2007). "Waugh Partners win 2007 NSW Pearcey Award". Computerworld. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  9. Clark, Ashley (7 May 2008). "Low cost OLPC program heads down under". iTnews. Retrieved 7 May 2008. 
  10. "Board of Directors". Open Source Industry Australia. Retrieved 29 June 2008. 
  11. Untz, Vincent (21 December 2002). "GNOME Foundation Elections results official". (Mailing list). Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  12. Untz, Vincent (21 December 2003). "GNOME Foundation Elections results are now official". (Mailing list). Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  13. Mukhopadhyay, Sankarshan (3 January 2006). "Results for the 2005 Fall Board of Directors Election". (Mailing list). Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  14. Cicek, Baris (30 December 2006). "Results for the 2006 Fall Board of Directors Election". (Mailing list). Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  15. Cicek, Baris (24 December 2007). "Results for the 2007 Fall Board of Directors Election". (Mailing list). Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  16. Esfahbod, Behdad (15 December 2008). "Changes to the GNOME board" (Mailing list). Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  17. "Contact – 2007". Linux Australia. Retrieved 8 May 2008. 
  18. "Annodex Foundation launch at" (PDF) (Press release). CSIRO. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  19. "The Elected Committee of the Foundation for the Year 2005/2006". Annodex Association. Retrieved 9 May 2008. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Previous Committees". Sydney Linux Users Group. Retrieved 27 April 2008. 
  21. Waugh, Jeff (9 June 2011). "Parting ways". Be the signal (blog). 
  22. Waugh, Jeff (15 September 2011). "Depression, and the fight of my life". Be the signal (blog). 

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