Ada Lovelace, Tasmanian Devils, and SysAdmining



What’s the connection? On behalf of Ada Lovelace Day LinuxChix Los Angeles is highlighting Terri Haber’s in-the-trenches-sysadmin presentation at in Hobert, Tasmania. And Terri brought back a Tuz from! And what’s a Tuz? In addition to being the mascot for, Linus Torvald is replacing Tux with Tuz for the Linux kernel release 2.6.29 to highlight the plight of the endangered Tasmanian Devils whose population is plummeting in the wild due to a contagious facial tumor disease.

Terri, Tuz, Linus, and Bdale at

Terri, Tuz, Linus, and Bdale at

And yes, that is Terri watching Linus save shave the 27 year-old-beard of Bdale Garbee to benefit Save the Tasmanian Devil foundation. (Complete slide show of the shave.)

Now back to LinuxChix Los Angeles and our contribution to Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace Day is all about highlighting the contributions of women in technology. So why Terri? Because Terri did a most difficult thing, she contributed. Contributing is hard, being visible is hard, and Terri was visibly contributing when she shared what she knew at And in her contribution, Terri advanced women’s visibility in technology. So thanks Terri, thanks for visibly contributing.

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Thanks Terri for your visual presence and for bringing yourself and Tuz to our last LinuxChixLA meeting at the LA Library…

March 25th, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Devdas Bhagat:

Minor nit:
s/Terri watching Linus save the 27 year-old-beard/Terri watching Linus shave the 27 year-old-beard/

March 29th, 2009 at 5:57 am

LOL! Good catch Devdas. Perhaps it was a Freudian shave. I was just reading some posts on Drupalchix about a keynote reference to sr. devs having beards whilst the jr. devs do not. One of the women attending mused that by that criteria she will always be considered a jr. dev then. DrupalChix Drupalcon-isms post for reference.

March 29th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Wow! Thanks, Sharon :) I’ll also be sharing some tasmanian devil goodness in a day or two. Keep an eye on the list!

March 30th, 2009 at 11:09 am

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