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ROSE Blog Interviews: Barbara Irwin, Loads of Linux Links Maintainer

Feb 07, 2011, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rikki Kite)

"Recently I received an email from Barbara Irwin, a Linux user since 1997. After 30 years in the library business, Barbara retired about nine years ago. "After retiring, I was looking for a useful and interesting project in Linux and/or open source," she says. "As it happened, a neat project literally fell into my lap via my local LUG, which I had been participating in," she adds. The neat project is website called Loads of Linux Links.

"Barbara says that the database was started by a fellow VLUGer, who gave it up when his job required him to be overseas. Now Barbara maintains the site in her spare time. "The purpose of the Loads of Linux Links project is to collect, organise, classify and maintain important URLs about Linux and the Open Source movement for all levels of Linux users," she says. "It features special link collections: latest 100 links, 'cool' and 'must see' links. There is also a Linux News Highlights Atom feed." She says that the project is a good fit with her librarian skills and knowledge in classification and database issues. "I have fun reading the Linux and open source news and interacting with folks around the world," she says. "I try to keep the database selective and on the small side, because otherwise those 404s would drive me crazy! I also try to include active, community-driven projects."

"I replied to Barbara's email and she answered some questions I had about her retirement, Linux in libraries, and her participation in the open source community:"

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