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New Job, New Blog (Technical Architect of Ubuntu)

Aug 25, 2010, 20:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Allison Randal)

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"I started a new job last week, as Technical Architect of Ubuntu. I'm thrilled to be here, I couldn't have crafted a more perfect job if I'd written the job description myself. I've been reflecting this week on how I got here. Many people know me for my involvement in Parrot, Perl, or Python, but my first love in free software was Linux, specifically Debian. I was already actively involved in my local Linux user group over a decade ago, hacking and speaking, even teaching a summer class at the LUG. I became a public figure in the Perl community almost by accident (it's a funny story involving a cruise ship, I'll tell you sometime over beer). But, I took to the Parrot codebase so quickly precisely because it was so similar to the Linux kernel: a large, complex body of C code with subsystems for memory management, concurrency scheduling, I/O, and networking, plus a host of add-on modules. I mentored under Parrot's founding Architect for the first few years of the project, then took on his role after he retired.

"I've been involved in Ubuntu almost from the beginning, though not in a public way. In the training material for Canonical new hires there's a photo of the original founding team, it was fun to see that I know most of them personally."

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