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Success Story: Userspace Developer Becomes Kernel Developer Thanks to Linux Foundation Training

July 23, 2020June 10th, 2021Announcements

In 2018, Eric Curtin was a userspace developer who had contributed to the Linux kernel twice, and was particularly interested in IPsec and Wireguard. While he had been involved in several open source projects, Eric was specifically interested in kernel space code and getting more Irish contributors into the kernel community.

That’s when he applied for and was awarded a Linux Foundation Training (LiFT) Scholarship in the Linux Kernel Gurus category.

We followed up with Eric recently to hear what he’s been up to since completing his Linux Foundation training.

Linux Foundation: What training did you take with your scholarship?

Eric Curtin: I took the LFD440 Linux Kernel Debugging and Security course. The course explained all the useful tooling that is useful for Linux Kernel development

LF: Has your job changed since receiving the scholarship? What did you do before, and what are you doing now?

EC: Yes I used to be a full-time userspace developer. Now I’m a full-time kernel developer with Dell EMC working on an in-house OS, though it is not Linux-based.

LF: Are you contributing to any open source projects? Which ones?

EC: Yes the main two being and

I took over as lead maintainer of inotify-tools as the maintainer of this project no longer had time to work on the project. These open source tools are installed on millions of Linux machines all across the world.

2020 LiFT scholarship winners were announced in late June. 2021 applications will be available in the Spring.

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