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Kernel dev sets out on an uncharted path

Feb 14, 2011, 20:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"Valerie Aurora has many achievements to her name. In a world where FOSS developers are overwhelmingly men, she has been a Linux kernel developer for the last 10 years. She's been a consultant, speaker, writer, founder of companies and advocated for women in open source.

"Which means she has survived after reading the flame-infested Linux kernel mailing lists for that period - a tough task for even the hardiest.

"The field in which Aurora (pic below) operates is an unfriendly one - the proportion of women in FOSS is abysmally low by any standards. And the FOSS community's attitudes towards women are not exactly welcoming.

"At the recent Australian national Linux conference in Brisbane, which a much larger number of women than usual attended, keynote speaker Mark Pesce violated the conference anti-harassment policy by using sexual images in his talk; late last year, Apache employee Noirin Shirley was allegedly sexually assualted. These are but two of numerous incidents over the years."

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