Congratulations to Konrad Dybcio, our latest Hero Open Source Developer! We chose Konrad because of his mainline kernel contribution, as an encouragement to keep up the good work.
The Hero open source developer program was initiated in 2015. It’s our way of recognizing developers who make significant contributions to Sony’s Open source program. A new Hero developer is named every four months. Awardees receive a brand new Xperia device and a profile here on the site.
Pursuing a lifelong passion
Konrad Dybcio is 17 years old and lives in ‘a tiny village’ in the Mazowieckie region of Poland. He’s currently enrolled in high school and plans to pursue studies in computer science after graduating.
– Computers have been my passion for as long as I can remember, Konrad says. Taking phones apart, fixing computers, stuff like that has always been a part of my life.
Konrad got into open devices and kernel development when he realized the potential that a regular smartphone can have in a good developer’s hands.
– I’ve wanted my phones to run upstream Linux ever since, he says.
Through his work, Konrad has brought Linux support for Nile, Ganges and Kitakami devices. Currently, he’s working to bring Nile and Ganges devices to feature parity with other major open source Linux smartphones.
– It’s going to be a wild ride, but it’s definitely worth it, as it will benefit the mobile development community as a whole, says Konrad.
We wish Konrad all the best in his efforts, with the Open Devices program and beyond.