NEW ORLEANS, LA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/17/13 --
LINUXCON & CLOUDOPEN -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the winners of its annual Linux training scholarship program.
The Linux Foundation's Linux training program provides funds to developers and IT professionals who show incredible promise for building careers in Linux and shaping the future of the operating system but who otherwise do not have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. Each scholarship covers the registration fees for a Linux training course from and a 30-minute mentoring session with a Linux Foundation training instructor.
New this year was the introduction of five categories to help solicit submissions from a diverse group of applicants. Nearly 700 submissions were received, and the average age of applicant was 25-years old. The most popular categories were SysAdmin Super Star, Whiz Kid and Developer Do-Gooder.(1)
The winners and their respective categories are:
Andrew Dahl, United States, Linux Kernel Guru. A native of Minnesota, Dahl has already submitted bug fixes to the Linux kernel, including a small bug fix for the XFS_IOC_ZERO_RANGE IOCTL from which lines of code were used during the refactoring and removal of a larger set of wrapper functions in XFS. He will use the Linux training scholarship in his day job as a File System Engineer to work on NFS and XFS in the community.
"I think what gets me most excited (about Linux) is the footprint my contributions to the Linux kernel can have," said Dahl. "The code I contribute will run on millions of computers around the world."
Sarah Kiden, Uganda, Women in Linux. Kiden has been a Linux user since 2010. She learned Linux on the job when she was assigned a new role with the Systems team of her department and was asked to maintain systems running on Linux. Kiden will use the Linux training scholarship to improve her performance at work and be a role model for other women in her local community and the global Linux and open source communities.
"I'm sure many more women will be encouraged to participate in Linux forums and use open soft software if they meet someone else who has been successful in the field," said Kiden.
Abdelghani Ouchabane, Germany, SysAdmin Superstar. Ouchabane has extensive experience in Linux system administration and development and is a Linux Foundation member. He has more than 10 years of experience working on Linux systems at the Center for the Advanced Technology in Algeria, the Technical University of Berlin and today at eZono AG. Ouchabane says the Linux training scholarship will take his skills to an even more advanced level.