Jeff Dike grew up in rural northwest Connecticut. He graduated from MIT and went to work at Digital Equipment Corporation in New Hampshire. There he met several people who became prominent in the Linux world, including Jon Hall and a large contingent that now works at Red Hat. Jeff left Digital in 1993 during the implosion of the minicomputer market. He spent the next decade as an independent contractor and became a Linux kernel developer in 1999 after conceiving of and implementing UML. Since then, UML has been his job, becoming a full-time paid one in mid-2004 when Intel hired him.