Linux Foundation Shares Karim Allah Ahmed's Story
Article by George Norman
On 09 Sep 2011
As you may remember, only five Linux fans were lucky enough to win the first edition of the Linux Training Scholarship program. If you don’t remember, here’s a quick reminder. The Linux Foundation gave students and developers who cannot attend Linux Foundation training courses the chance to take part in the Linux Training Scholarship Program and win a scholarship worth about $1,000, scholarship that covers the expenses for one course from The Linux Foundation’s course schedule in Linux Development

The ones to win the scholarship 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 the Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan, and Clarissa Womack, first-year software engineering student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.


Back in August, The Linux Foundation announced that it decided to share the stories of the five winners with the public. It already shared Arpit Toshniwal’s story, and now it has shared Karim Allah Ahmed’s story as well. Here are the main details The Linux Foundation made public.

His love for computers and Linux
Karim hell in love with computers at the young age of 13. He found out about Linux from a local computer magazine and initially thought it was a version of Linux. He kept reading and learned that Linux is not a version of Windows. As he kept reading he learned more and more and his love for Linux grew and grew.

What keeps him busy
Karim is currently busy working as a software engineer for and writing a hypervisor for the ARM architecture. He also likes to study, especially when it comes to Linux. As a winner of the Linux Training Scholarship Program, Karim chose to take a 5-day, hands-on Linux Kernel Internals and Debugging Linux training class. Even though kernel development is not part of his job, Karim is excited about the scholarship – keep in mind that he likes to study.

Here’s what Karim had to say about the scholarship:
“I’m thrilled. I've developed software in several layers of the stack, but I never have as much fun as when I’m doing kernel-level stuff. Learning more about kernel internals will allow me to solve problems that I'm currently not capable of solving.”

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