Dave Jones, Fedora's kernel maintainer, as part of its Kernel
Developers series. "I needed to build my own kernel, because none of the distros shipped one that supported something I needed. And the feature I needed was only available in the development tree at the time (which was 2.1.x at the time). I don't recall what it was, but I think it may have been something silly like VFAT. Things weren't always stable, so I got into a habit of updating regularly (by carrying the latest tarball on a zip disk from the university to home). I started sending patches for things wherever I saw something I thought I could improve. I'm struggling to remember my first real accomplishment. It may have been fixing AFFS during the 2.1.x series. There were a whole bunch of really minor things before then."