Darren Hart has worked “in and around the Linux kernel” throughout his career, and he is the Linux kernel maintainer for x86 platform drivers. At VMware, Darren continues his open source contributions to the Linux kernel and other projects, while also working with internal teams on open source development methodologies and best practices. Darren is an expert speaker at conferences across the globe on topics ranging from PREEMPT_RT to Embedded Linux and Functional Safety. Before joining the VMware team, Darren served as the MinnowBoard program architect at Intel and led IBM’s Real-Time Linux development team. He also worked on embedded Linux-build systems, where he contributed to board support packages, kernel configuration management, driver development and the ACPI specification. Follow Darren on Twitter @dvhart_ and on Google+ +DarrenHart.