This week, KernelTrap has been speaking with Linux kernel hacker Rik van Riel. Rik is most recognized for his impressive rmap VM efforts, available as a patch for the 2.4 kernel here. He's also the founder of kernelnewbies. Living in Brazil, he works for Conectiva.
Check back Tuesday, February 26'th for the full interview. Read on for a brief preview. Other original KernelTrap interviews can be found here.
Rik says of himself:
"I was born in 1978, in the north-eastern part of Netherlands, where I grew up on my father's farm and spent most of my life. As a teenager I used to do farm work in the holidays, which allowed me to buy myself a computer. I started with DOS, played with OS/2 for a while when I got my 486 in 1994 and went to Linux later that year.
"In the beginning of 2000 I accepted a job at Conectiva, the largest Linux company in South America, and moved to the city of Curitiba in the south of Brazil. I'm working full-time on Linux now, mostly development but also helping out Conectiva's customers when problems happen."
And of his VM:
"The fact that my VM code is no longer in the kernel has two positive effects. First I don't have to worry too much about stability or code freezes, I can just develop the code in the direction of better quality without having to be afraid of changes. Secondly I can integrate bugfixes much quicker.
"This has lead to my reverse mapping based VM becoming stable within a few months of me picking it up again; it is now stable to the point where it survives the kernel torture lab Bob Matthews is running at RedHat and both Alan Cox and Michael Cohen have integrated the patch into their kernel tree. I suspect the rmap VM isn't as fast as some of the other VM code out there, but it does seem to hold up somewhat better in strange situations."
Rik says much more in the interview (still in progress) about himself and his LiZnux kernel efforts, so be sure to check back next Tuesday, February 26th for the full text.