Katalix

Katalix Systems Limited was founded in 2004 and is a UK company. With many years of experience working with embedded systems and Linux, we provide sought- after expertise in these fields. Our aim is to help each and every one of our clients to develop better Linux-based embedded systems more quickly. In short, we are the catalysts for your embedded software development.

Meet The Team

James Chapman

James Chapman

James has been in software since he worked for a local company during school holidays writing assembly language subroutines for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. He spent his early career working in telecoms R&D and later co-founded a successful company to exploit the emerging broadband access equipment market. He remembers installing Linux for the first time from a set of 20 floppy disks (he's old) in order to work on stuff at home. It was when optimising a Vxworks ethernet driver for an early PowerPC SoC that he stumbled upon a Linux driver for the same device – he has been focussed on Linux ever since.

When you talk to us about your project, James will likely be the person you first talk to.

Chris Elston

Chris Elston

Chris was lucky enough to be starting work at the time when Linux was gaining acceptance as an embedded platform, which has enabled him to turn bedroom tinkering into a real career. He enjoys working at the lower end of the stack - the world of bootloaders, registers and device drivers. In recent years his experience has broadened to include application level software, build systems and virtualization. Keen on scripting and automation, he is a dedicated pythonista and a dab hand with a regular expression.

When not composing regular expressions or wrangling virtual machines, he can be found in the kitchen making dinner, or in the workshop making sawdust.

Tom Parkin

Tom Parkin

Tom's first forays into computing involved a BASIC prompt and a VIC-20, and centered around breaking things in a variety of interesting ways. Since then he's swapped out the BASIC prompt for a BASH one, and reached the point where he's responsible for more working computers than broken ones. With more than a decade of experience with embedded Linux platforms, Tom has particular expertise in media, consumer electronics, and networking applications.

In the times he's away from his keyboard, Tom is most likely to be playing guitar, or trying to pitch a tent on a windy hillside with a great view.