Ada Lovelace, Tasmanian Devils, and SysAdmining

Mar 24th, 2009 Posted in And You Did What? Where?, System Administration | 4 Comments »

Tuz!

Tuz!

What’s the connection? On behalf of Ada Lovelace Day LinuxChix Los Angeles is highlighting Terri Haber’s in-the-trenches-sysadmin presentation at linux.conf.au in Hobert, Tasmania. And Terri brought back a Tuz from linux.conf.au! And what’s a Tuz? In addition to being the mascot for linux.conf.au, 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 Linux.conf.au

Terri, Tuz, Linus, and Bdale at Linux.conf.au

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 linux.conf.au. And in her contribution, Terri advanced women’s visibility in technology. So thanks Terri, thanks for visibly contributing.