Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
There I was standing around the LUG booth at the annual Linux expo when I realised that unlike years past, there were considerable numbers of female attendants. No, I am not referring exclusively to those female models hired to promote an OS (I won't mention which one) wearing skimpy demon costumes.
I was truly encouraged to find that women from all backgrounds and ages were making up an increasingly larger portion of those attending such Linux conferences.
After speaking with three in particular I came to appreciate the women of Linux as passionate and techno savvy as any of their kernel compiling male counterparts.
What this means for Linux and the community as a whole I leave to your personal interpretation. But what it means to the individual women involved with Linux is unique and important.
Take Cheryl for example. Okay, don't “take her” literally, but consider her situation. She's a young grad student finishing studies in computer science with plans to work as a research fellow on a number of Linux driven technologies. She says, “My research goals certainly include Linux. I can't imagine progressing my career without the many tools I've come to rely on, all on the Linux platform.”