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 project … Continue reading Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation
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
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 sleep … Continue reading Here’s my favorite operating systems war story, what’s yours?
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 are … Continue reading 2013: Tipping point for the Linux kernel community?
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 prominent … Continue reading The Linux community can’t remain silent while leaders make anti-woman comments
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 Linux … Continue reading Has open source given to you? Give back so women have the same chance you did
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 terms … Continue reading Google search loves me