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Portrait: Pia Waugh

Jun 06, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Pia Waugh is a leading advocate for FLOSS in her home country, Australia, and all over the world. In addition to running a consultancy in partnership with her husband, she is the vice president of Linux Australia, the president of Software Freedom International (sponsor of the annual Software Freedom Day events), and on the board of directors of the OLPC Australia program. Perhaps because her activities are born out of a love for open source software, or maybe because her husband Jeff is also a major figure in global FLOSS, Waugh says the balance between work and life for her right now is 'nonexistent. But we love what we do.'

"Waugh was introduced to Debian Linux about nine years ago. 'I took to [it] immediately,' she says. 'I really enjoyed tinkering with the software, learning how it worked, and I ultimately learned more in six months of Linux about general computing than I did in over 10 years of DOS, Windows, and Netware...'"

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