Linux Foundation Names New Fellow

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-02-01 Email Print this article Print

The Linux Foundation has named Greg Kroah-Hartman as a fellow of the organization, where he joins a small group that includes Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced that Greg Kroah-Hartman is joining the organization as a fellow.

Kroah-Hartman is among a small and distinguished group of software developers who maintain Linux at the kernel level, foundation officials said. In his role as Linux Foundation fellow, Kroah-Hartman will continue his work as the maintainer for the Linux stable kernel branch and a variety of subsystems while working in a fully neutral environment. He will also work more closely with Linux Foundation members, workgroups, Labs projects ( and staff on key initiatives to advance Linux.

The Linux Foundation Fellowship program provides financial support to software developers working on Linux and open-source community projects. Through this fund, The Linux Foundation works with users, vendors and developers to identify where and how additional work or resources could accelerate development efforts and spur the adoption of Linux and open-source software.

"The Linux Foundation does extremely valuable work, and I am proud to join the organization," said Greg Kroah-Hartman, in a statement. "I'm excited to continue my work on the Linux kernel alongside the best developers in the world and to increase collaboration among Linux Foundation members and kernel developers."

 "Greg is among the world's most talented software developers and is providing unmatched contributions to the advancement of Linux," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, in a statement. "We're looking forward to working even more closely with Greg and to allow him to expand his focus on the kernel."

Kroah-Hartman created and maintains the Linux Driver Project. He is also the maintainer for the Linux stable kernel branch and a variety of different subsystems that include USB, staging, driver core, tty and sysfs, among others. Most recently, he was a fellow at SUSE. Kroah-Hartman is an adviser to Oregon State University's Open Source Lab and a member of The Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board, has delivered a variety of keynote addresses at developer and industry events, and has authored two books covering Linux device drivers and Linux kernel development.

The Linux Foundation fellows currently include Till Kamppeter, Kroah-Hartman, Janina Sajka, Richard Purdie and Linus Torvalds. Previous fellows included Steve Hemminger, Andrew Morton, Andrew Tridgell and Ted Ts'o.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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