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The People Who Support Linux: Prospective kernel developer

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Kieran Grant works in IT support for a financial services company but unabashedly aspires to be a Linux SysAdmin and, someday, a kernel developer. After using and hacking Linux for five years, the 19-year-old from Logan City in Queensland, Australia is well on his way to achieving that goal.

His love of machines and “anything mathematical” led him to first start learning assembly code using the MS-DOS debug program. He switched to Linux because it meant he could “learn how a real OS worked, straight from the source code,” and it helped him learn C programming. At the time, he had a slow Internet connection and low usage limit so his first distribution was SimpleMEPIS -- a dated version he bought on eBay.

After finishing high school he earned a TAFE diploma in IT Networking and went to work with his brother, Ryan, at Wealth & Retirement Solutions in Brisbane as an IT support consultant.

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