It was no surprise that Fred on his path as an open source
coder would stumble across the GNU community. He initiated the porting
of the GNU development tools (binutils, gcc and the like) to the
Amiga and BeOS platforms, allowing to compile open source POSIX software
on these platforms. This project was called Geek Gadgets (GG) also
known as Amiga Developer Environment (ADE), which could be compared
with today's Cygwin effort for the Win32 platform. Fred was hired by Be
(the makers of BeOS) where he worked for a while.
Now that the development tools existed, the ported code base grew rapidly.
Fred ran developer mailing lists, FTP and CVS servers and coordinated the project.
For those who didn't have the bandwidth to download from the FTP, Fred offered
a subscription service for manually burned snapshot CDs, the income was used to
finance the project.