rPath, a Linux software startup formed by former executives at Red Hat, is off to a fast start.

rPath closed recently on $6.4 million in Series A funding, according to Private Equity Wire. Investors are North Bridge Venture Partners and General Catalyst Partners.

Information Week first reported the launch of rPath in its Aug. 19 edition. rPath’s focus is customized Linux applications based on an open -source project known as Conary. According to Information Week, rPath will offer “a new way to build and maintain Linux without the overhead” required with other solutions such as Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux.

rPath is expected to beta test its products this fall and have software to sell early next year, Information Week said.

rPath is led by Erik Troan, one of the early software engineers at Red Hat who helped make the company one of the world’s leading Linux developers. Troan is rPath’s chief engineer, according to Information Week.

Acting as chief executive officer is Bill Marshall, a former vice president of North American sales at Red Hat, Information Week added.

Two other former Red Hat engineers have reportedly joined rPath — Mike Johnson and Matt Wilson.

Troan founded another company, Specifix, a year ago. It too focused on Linux and Conary.

While rPath’s web site is under construction and offers limited details about the firm, it does proclaim “We’re hiring!” rPath is looking to ire software engineers with the following requirements:

  • An understanding of Software Configuration Management (SCM) concepts and techniques

  • An understanding of Linux-based Operating System structure and development

  • Web-based application development experience

  • Experience applying automated testing methodology

  • Python knowledge preferred
  • rPath: www.rpath.com