Ron is an engineer at Google. He has been working with firmware and kernels, starting with the z80 and Unix v6, for many years. In 1999 he invented LinuxBIOS, now known as coreboot, running in every chromebook you see. In 2011, he created u-root (, which is the basis of much of his work of the last decade. In 2017 he started the LinuxBoot project (, which builds u-root and a Linux kernel into flash, replacing much of UEFI; this firmware model is now deployed at scale in Google data centers, as well as many others. His more recent work is the cpu command for Linux. He is President of the Plan 9 Foundation, and a member of the board of the lowrisc Foundation.