Linux Foundation Shares Arpit Toshniwal's Story
Article by George Norman
On 02 Sep 2011
Arpit Toshniwal is one of the five Linux fans who won a scholarship as part of the first ever edition of the Linux Training Scholarship Program. The scholarship is worth about $1,000 and covers the expenses for one course from The Linux Foundation’s course schedule in Linux Development. But I digress.

The news is that The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, decided to share the stories of the five winners of the Linux Training Scholarship Program. As a little reminder, the five winners are:


- Karim Allah Ahmed, a graduate of Mansoura University in Egypt.
- Frank Master, former embedded software intern at Broadcom and Google, fourth-year PhD student at UC Davis in electrical and computer engineering/embedded software.
- Kenneth O’Brien, who will begin a PhD program at CASL this fall.
- Arpit Toshniwal, who will soon finish his computer science and engineering degree at Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan.
- Clarissa Womack, first-year software engineering student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

As I was saying, The Linux Foundation decided to share the stories of the five winners, and it started with Arpit Toshniwal. Here are the main details The Linux Foundation made public.

Music and books
Arpit likes to listen to all sorts of music, from hard rock to something soft and romantic – it all depends on his mood. He likes to read too – everything apart from novels.

His love for Linux

Arpit’s love for Linux started with an assignment that required him to submit a C code in Linux. After tying Linux at his school, he installed it on his own machine and in little time he fell in love with the operating system. “I love the free source nature of Linux,” said Arpit. “And with my ability to hack the code, I’m always motivated to explore further.”

During the summer when other students are relaxing, Arpit is following his love for Linux. He’s been working on launching a Linux kernel for ARMv7 architecture on QEMU and on creating a BusyBox to support the aforementioned box.

Plans for the future
I’ve never decided about my long-term future,” said Arpit. “Right now, I’d be happy to find a good job at a reputable IT firm.”

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