Greg Kroah-Hartman is among a distinguished group of software developers who maintain Linux at the kernel level. In his role as a Linux Foundation Fellow, he continues his work as the maintainer for the Linux stable kernel branch and a variety of subsystems while working in a fully neutral environment. He also works closely with Linux Foundation members and projects, and on key initiatives to advance Linux.
Greg created and maintains the Linux Driver Project. He is also currently 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.
Greg is an adviser to Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab and a member of The Linux Foundation’s Technical Advisory Board. He 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.Fellow
Janina Sajka is the Executive Chair of the Accessibility workgroup.Fellow
Linus Torvalds was born on December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. He enrolled at the University of Helsinki in 1988, graduating with a master’s degree in computer science. His M.Sc. thesis was titled “Linux: A Portable Operating System” and was the genesis for what would become the most important collaborative software project in history.
In August 1991, Linus announced that he was developing the Linux kernel, proclaiming, “it won’t be big and professional.” In spite of his humble proclamation, Linux has become the world’s most pervasive operating system. Today the Linux kernel forms the basis of the Linux operating system and has permeated almost every industry and form factor.
In 2005, citing a lack of free and open source version control tools that met his needs for performance and scale, Linus created Git in only 10 days. Today Git is widely used in software development and for other version-control tasks such as configuration management.
In 2000, Linus was listed by Time magazine as #17 in the Time 100: Most Important People of the Century. Again, in 2004, Time named him one of the Most Influential People in the world. He was honored in 2008 with the Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland, “in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel.” He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award. A true tech titan, he was admitted to the Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows, joining the ranks of the tech elite including Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Gordon Moore, Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Steve Wozniak, and others.
Linus remains the ultimate authority on the new code incorporated into the standard Linux kernel.
Richard Purdie is a developer and maintainer of the OpenEmbedded software project, and the architect and maintainer of the Yocto Project and Poky Build System. Most recently he was an Embedded Linux Architect for Intel’s Open Source Technology Center.
From 2005 to 2008, he was a software engineer at OpenedHand, where he worked with a variety of other open source projects such as Clutter, X server, Zaurus, and Oprofile. He has also made numerous contributions to the Linux kernel, including as maintainer of the backlight and LED subsystems.
Richard received his MSci in physics from University of Durham.Fellow
Thomas Gleixner is a long-time Linux kernel hacker with an embedded background and a strong affinity to impossible missions.Fellow
Till Kamppeter holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and has worked with printing under Linux and UNIX since mid-2000, when he got invited to work as a developer at MandrakeSoft (now Mandriva) in Paris. There he did the packaging of the printing-related software for the distribution, and since 2001 he was leader of the linuxprinting.org project. He also participated in the work of the OpenPrinting workgroup. In 2006, he was invited to work for the Free Standards Group (now The Linux Foundation), merging linuxprinting.org into OpenPrinting and leading the OpenPrinting project full time.
With OpenPrinting, he leads the development of new printing architectures, technologies, printing infrastructure, and interface standards for Linux and UNIX-style operating systems. For this he is in contact with leading printer manufacturers, free software projects, and distribution vendors.Fellow