March 11, 2014

30 Linux Kernel Developer Work Spaces in 30 Weeks: Jes Sorensen

Jes Sorensen is a Linux kernel engineer on the Platform Enablement Team at Red Hat, where he primarily works on Software RAID. He is also co-chairing Linux Plumbers Conference and works on WiFi device drivers when he has time.

Jes Sorensen deskHe has worked on the Linux kernel and userland for more than 20 years, in areas including KVM, the kernel-based virtual machine, high speed networking, Linux/ia64, Linux/m68k, the system libraries (glibc) and high-end NUMA systems.

This is article aims to continue our popular series on kernel developer work spaces. Previous posts featured kernel developers Shuah Khan, Steve Rostedt andGreg Kroah-Hartman. Is there a particular kernel developer you'd like us to feature? Let us know in the comments, below. Thanks!

Linux.com: What do you like most about your work space?

Jes Sorensen: My electrically adjustable elevation desk, which allows stand up or sit down and work as I feel like, not having to drive out when waking up and finding a foot of fresh snow on the ground outside, and of course my Jura J9 espresso machine (no kernel developer can function without one of these).

What do you like least?
Sorensen: I am terrible at building up a mess on my desk and leaving piles of gear all over it. Obviously, my office is *always* as tidy as it shows in the video, honest!!!

What's the oddest work space you've ever used?
Sorensen: I don't remember any particular odd space, but I would probably say the basement networking electronics lab at CERN back when I wrote the first parallel HIPPI drivers. Alternatively the Linuxcare Ottawa office, when the electrician crossed some wires resulting in sparks flying out of all the electrical sockets and everybody scrambling out of there in a panic.