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?”

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”

Ada Initiative Seed 100 donation drive opens

We started the Ada Initiative Seed 100 fund-raising campaign this morning, the first opportunity to donate personally to the Ada Initiative and help women in open source/tech/culture. We kept the “schwag” down to a minimum and went for one really cool reward: A signed limited edition Ada Lovelace-related print suitable for framing. The first 25Continue reading “Ada Initiative Seed 100 donation drive opens”

The Ada Initiative launches: promoting women in open technology and culture

As regular readers of this blog will know, I quit my kernel job in January in order to work on women in open source. Today, Mary Gardiner and I are excited to announce the launch of the Ada Initiative, a women in open technology and culture advocacy non-profit. From our press release: Open technology andContinue reading “The Ada Initiative launches: promoting women in open technology and culture”