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Chris Bainbridge

Freelance Kernel Developer
United KingdomToptal Member Since June 21, 2017

Chris is a senior Linux engineer with a PhD in machine learning. He specializes in software and system development, automation, and DevOps with extensive open source experience—contributing to the Linux kernel, Gentoo, Ubuntu, and Debian. His achievements include being the architecture lead of a Linux distribution, completing a P2V data center migration, and working with startups to develop an Android predictive keyboard and smartwatch.

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Amaan Cheval

Freelance Kernel Developer
IndiaToptal Member Since October 9, 2019

Amaan is an ardent advocate of open-source and is the maintainer for the x86-64 BSP for RTEMS, an open-source real-time operating system used in space missions, including on NASA's Parker Solar Probe. He has also worked on an Intel x86 emulator that runs in the browser, sped up by a custom-made JIT compiler. He loves challenging problems, ranging from kernels and compilers to distributed systems, cryptography, and reverse engineering.

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Milos Vyletel

Freelance Kernel Developer
Czech RepublicToptal Member Since November 3, 2020

Milos is a talented DevOps specialist with over a decade of experience. He excels in projects involving Kubernetes and RedHat and has worked as a Kernal support engineer. Milos helped develop a custom, in-house Linux-based OS, maintained a fleet of 500+ bare metal servers, led security hardening efforts, and managed the entire deployment of projects, including upgrades and network layout. He is a results-oriented professional with the technical chops to deliver clean, high-functioning products.

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Milan Senesi

Freelance Kernel Developer
Czech RepublicToptal Member Since December 19, 2022

Milan is a seasoned senior software engineer with 14+ years of professional experience. He has successfully navigated a diverse range of work environments, including small firms and major tech corporations such as Microsoft, Google, and IBM. Additionally, he has contributed his expertise to high-frequency trading firms like Virtu and DRW. Currently, Milan is the lead developer in charge of a perpetual futures exchange at Enclave Markets.

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Fabiano Cardoso

Freelance Kernel Developer
BrazilToptal Member Since February 28, 2019

Fabiano is an architect/senior software engineer and technical lead with solid academic knowledge and experience designing C, C++, and Python applications. Additionally, he is an expert in UNIX and Windows with communication protocol TCP/IP. Fabiano has participated in all phases of a software development cycle—collecting requirements, writing specifications and designs, coding, testing, and training. He performs very well in teams and often mentors those around him.

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Jakiša Tomić

Freelance Kernel Developer
CroatiaToptal Member Since November 13, 2019

Jakiša has over 15 years of experience developing various types of apps for a range of operating systems. Most of his technical expertise is in C++ development, but he's also comfortable working with JavaScript, C#, and Java. As for environments, he knows the ins and outs of working with the Windows API, embedded programming, and distributed systems. He has a working knowledge of Linux/Unix systems, macOS, and mobile platforms like Android and iOS.

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Steven Kramer

Freelance Kernel Developer
NetherlandsToptal Member Since November 26, 2019

Steven has extensive experience in software development with skills in a variety of technologies gained through contributions to innovative, high-quality projects. He prides himself on raising the quality of projects he's worked on and teams he's worked with. Not afraid to start projects from scratch in a greenfield setting, nor from jumping in halfway through a project to speed it up, Steven focuses on providing high-quality solutions.

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Jens Stimpfle

Freelance Kernel Developer
GermanyToptal Member Since September 3, 2017

Jens writes programs that are maintainable and at the same time effortlessly performant. He has experience writing GUI and 3D applications, multithreaded and networked systems, as well as compilers. He prefers working with C, although he has a solid proficiency in many programming languages such as C++ and Python. Jens has a solid Unix and Linux background and is currently at home both on the Win32 and Linux platforms.

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Moataz Metwally

Freelance Kernel Developer
NetherlandsToptal Member Since November 22, 2022

Moataz is a solution-driven software architect with experience in embedded systems, security, and automotive, including Valeo, Volkswagen, JLR, and NXP. He has experience implementing a secure development lifecycle with security requirements, threat modeling, secure coding, and pen testing. His experience ranges from low-level embedded Linux to web development and reverse engineering.

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Eckart Schütz

Freelance Kernel Developer
CyprusToptal Member Since March 26, 2018

Eckart has 25 years of experience developing back-end software with C++ in the telecommunications and financial services industries. His expertise ranges from embedded systems to big data platforms and from libraries to software architecture.

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Eran Tenenboim

Freelance Kernel Developer
GermanyToptal Member Since May 18, 2022

Eran is an accomplished software engineer and team leader with two decades of experience serving a full range of companies, from startups to global banks. He is an expert in server-side programming, low latency systems, algorithmic trading, and database development with extensive know-how in the full lifecycle of the software design process. A strategic thinker, Eran can take a bird's-eye view and narrow it into the smallest of details.

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Toptal understood our project needs immediately. We were matched with an exceptional freelancer from Argentina who, from Day 1, immersed himself in our industry, blended seamlessly with our team, understood our vision, and produced top-notch results. Toptal makes connecting with superior developers and programmers very easy.

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Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Kernel developer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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FAQs

  • How are Toptal Kernel developers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Kernel developers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with engineering experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire Kernel developers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Kernel developer within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Kernel developers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Kernel developer begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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