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New Aussie Linux head starts tomorrow

Linux Australia president James Turnbull will resign and officially hand over the reins to treasurer John Ferlito from tomorrow.

Linux Australia president James Turnbull will resign and officially hand over the reins to treasurer John Ferlito from tomorrow.

Turnbull, who was appointed to the position on 11 January 2010, recently took up the role of director of operations for open source configuration management tool company Puppet Labs. Turnbull cited his relocation to the United States for his new job as the reason behind his resignation from Linux Australia.

"I, and the council, felt that it was logistically difficult for me to continue in the president's role whilst located in the US," Turnbull told ZDNet Australia.

The new president John Ferlito, is currently the chief technology officer for Australian video technology company Vquence. Developer Joshua Hesketh has been appointed to take over Ferlito's role of treasurer. Hesketh had originally stood in the election earlier this year but was not successful.

Turnbull said the decision was made after consultation with Linux Australia members, and the announcement was made on the organisation's mailing list earlier this month.