Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation

When I agreed to talk about the management problems at the Linux Foundation to Noam Cohen, the reporter who wrote this story on Linux for the New Yorker, I expected to wait at least a year to see any significant change in the Linux community. Instead, before the story was even published, the Linux projectContinue reading “Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation”

Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums

Hi, my name is Valerie Aurora, and I am the inventor of a software feature that has prevented billions of unnecessary writes to hard drives, saving energy and making our computers faster. My invention is called “relative atime,” and this is the story of how my feminist approach to computing helped me invent it –Continue reading “Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums”

Here’s my favorite operating systems war story, what’s yours?

When I was working on my operating systems project in university, I stayed up all night for weeks feverishly rebooting my test machine, hoping that THIS time my interrupt handler changes worked. I survived on a diet of raisin bagels, baby carrots, and Dr Pepper, and only left the computer lab to shower and sleepContinue reading “Here’s my favorite operating systems war story, what’s yours?”

2013: Tipping point for the Linux kernel community?

As the last days of the Ada Initiative fundraising drive come to a close ($103,000 so far!), I’m reflecting on what’s changed for Linux in the last 2 and half years. And it’s pretty awesome. This is the year I’ve been waiting for in the Linux kernel community: the year that 7 new women areContinue reading “2013: Tipping point for the Linux kernel community?”

The Linux community can’t remain silent while leaders make anti-woman comments

I’ve written about prominent open source software leader Ted Ts’o’s public comments about rape for the Ada Initiative over on their blog. This post is about my personal reactions. I know, you don’t want to read about some Linux programmer’s opinions on rape. That’s the point, none of us wants to. But when a prominentContinue reading “The Linux community can’t remain silent while leaders make anti-woman comments”

Has open source given to you? Give back so women have the same chance you did

This is a cross-post of a post I wrote for the Ada Initiative blog about what open source software and Linux in particular has given me. Like many of you, open source software gave me a good job as a software engineer – for over 10 years now for me. My job as a LinuxContinue reading “Has open source given to you? Give back so women have the same chance you did”

Google search loves me

I’m not sure why, but my personal web sites come up shockingly often as the first result in Google searches for not terribly obscure search terms. I’ve checked by searching in a browser in incogito mode and it looks like it’s not just that it’s biasing the search results for me specifically. Some search termsContinue reading “Google search loves me”

Ada Lovelace Day: Sandra K. Johnson

There are two ways to answer the question, “Why are there so few famous women scientists and technologists?” One is to point out the obstacles women faced (and still face). For example, Lise Meitner, co-discoverer of nuclear fission, wasn’t allowed to go to graduate school, had to work for free for many years, and wasContinue reading “Ada Lovelace Day: Sandra K. Johnson”

Help improve open source, make the world a better place, AND travel to Australia

The LCA 2012 Call for Papers (speakers and tutorials, really) is still open. The Linux Conference Australia audience is bright, curious, and eager to learn more. In particular, LCA attendees seem to love talks about file systems and storage, and I know there’s at least one fewer file systems-related talk than usual in the systemContinue reading “Help improve open source, make the world a better place, AND travel to Australia”