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Open Source Team

Delivering the latest updates on VMware's open source technology, best practices, and tutorials.

Malini Bhandaru

Malini Bhandaru leads open source IoT efforts at VMware, actively contributing to EdgeX Foundry, and serving as co-chair of its Security Work Group, first working on IoT and AI long before they were hot. Prior to VMware during her decade long career at Intel, she worked on big data for…

Nikolay Nikolaev

Leading VMware's Open Source Technology Center's Networking team. Mostly focused on cloud-native aspects of networking, network virtualization and its telco applications.

Steven Rostedt

Steven has been working on the Linux kernel since 1998 (started while working on his masters). He has been working on the Linux kernel professionally since 2001. Steven is one of the original developers of the PREEMPT_RT patch which turns Linux into a true real-time operating system. Steven is also…

Dirk Hohndel

Dirk Hohndel is VMware’s Chief Open Source Officer. He leads the company’s Open Source Program Office, directing the efforts and strategy around use of and contribution to open source projects and driving common values and processes across the company for VMware’s interaction with the open source communities. Before joining VMware,…

Nisha Kumar

Nisha Kumar co-maintains Tern, an open source tool that help users make better decisions for their container supply chain. She has been an open source enthusiast ever since she came across a Linux computer. Apart from hacking containers, evangelizing open source best practices and learning to make pretty things with…

Steven Rostedt

Before joining VMware, Steven Rostedt worked at RedHat for 10 years on the Real-Time Linux kernel. Since 2004, Steven worked on slowly turning the Linux kernel into a real-time operating system. Now he dabbles in other areas, such as working on the user interface, maintaining patches and continuous development for…

Suzanne Ambiel

Suzanne is the Open Source Director of Marketing and Strategy at VMware. She's been with VMware since 2011 traversing the company landscape: from VMware View to vSAN and now, to Open Source.

Matt Helsley

Matt has more than 20 years of experience learning about and using free and open source software, especially around the Linux kernel. His foray into open source began at UCLA, where he studied the Linux kernel and the UCLA Linux Users Group leadership team, giving him a deep appreciation for…

Alex Courouble

Open Source Software Engineer

Darren Hart

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…

Dawn Foster

Dawn Foster is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy in VMware’s Open Source Program Office. You can learn more about Dawn by visiting her blog (fastwonderblog) or following her on Twitter.

John Hawley

John 'Warthog9' Hawley led the system administration team on kernel.org for nearly a decade, leading a team including four other administrators. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He's the author of PXE Knife, a set of interfaces around…

Joshua Lock

Focused on Security Projects for Linux-based Operating System. Joshua has experience at a variety of levels within the user-level operating system from implementing core user experience, to build systems engineering, tools development and distribution engineering.

Lauren Weintraub Britton

Lauren is a senior program manager for the Office of the CTO, Open Source Program Office, at VMware.

Tim Pepper

Pepper is a Senior Staff Engineer in VMware’s Open Source Technology Center, specializing in Linux and open source systems development. He is the team lead for open orchestration and containers and acts as the VMware community liaison to Kubernetes. In this capacity, he’s participated in both the SIG-Release and SIG-Contributor-Experience…

Venil Noronha

Venil Noronha is an engineer in VMware’s Open Source Technology Center. He primarily contributes upstream to open source projects in the service mesh domain, like Istio and Envoy proxy. In the past, he’s contributed to several open source projects, including Kubernetes, Spring and Golang. He also loves to write about…

Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a content strategist for VMware by day, sci-fi/fantasy book-aholic (and mom of 3!) by night.

Darren Hart

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…

Rhonda Edwards

Rhonda is an open source marketer with a passion for innovative technologies contributing to the fourth industrial revolution. She is an electrical engineer by training.

Ivana Atanasova

Ivana Atanasova is part of the VMware's Open Source Program Office. She's been contributing to OpenFaaS as a project member and recently became contributor to Network Service Mesh. She presents at conferences within the open source community.

Radoslav Dimitrov

An open source enthusiast working full-time as an Open Source Software Engineer at VMware. Lately, Radoslav has been working on an open source project called Network Service Mesh. It's an exciting new project that recently joined CNCF as one of the sandboxed projects. Before that, he was involved mostly with…

Rose Judge

Rose Judge is an Open Source Engineer at VMware where she co-maintains Tern, an open source tool that helps users make better decisions for their container supply chain. She previously spent five years packaging and debugging custom Linux Operating Systems as part of the IBM Linux Technology Center. When she’s…