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Ubuntu user, Web developer, documentation author and community volunteer. I host a technology conference HICK Tech: The rural and modern technology forum. Within my own (physical) community I've been a strong supporter of the STARS project. STARS Supplies Technology to At Risk Students. Our local LUG transforms donated hardware into Ubuntu boxes for high school students who cannot afford to buy their own computer. In theory my "day job" is involves developing and deploying Drupal; however, I do a lot of other things related to FOSS as well. For example: I have also been active as a college and business lecturer and conference speaker. Topics have included how to really get more women involved in open source, database migration for Drupal, and how to deliver presentations. My laptop sports all the requisite stickers (Ubuntu, VW, Farmers Feed Cities! and Creative Commons). A longer list of presentations (including links to videos, slides and handouts) is available from my personal site.


I have been using Debian-based distributions as my primary operating system since 2003. My trials with the 2.4 kernel and ACPI led me to write supporting documentation on how to patch and compile a kernel, which were later included in The Linux Documentation Project. (I'm sure the recent xkcd comic, Cautionary, was about me.) In 2006 I started ordering Ubuntu CDs for my mum's bookshop cafe (she had one of the first free wifi hotspots in her small, rural community). She gives out approximately two CDs a month and has learned to be an advocate for FOSS software herself. In early 2007 I made the switch to Ubuntu myself.

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Ubuntu Women

  • Wrote the first draft of the project's Road Map.

  • Active on the mailing list and in the IRC channel (as time permits, of course).

Other contributions

  • Organized HICK Tech, a rural technology conference in Owen Sound, Canada. Included Ubuntu CDs in the give-away bags. Received a sponsorship from Pearson Education to give away five copies of The Official Ubuntu Book.
  • Speaker at several conferences on the role of women in open source (and how we need to change our focus towards world domination of FOSS) -- including OSCON 2008, LugRadio Live (San Francisco and Wolverhampton); also technical presentations on database migration for Drupal, podcasting, and general talks for small businesses on how to take advantage of the Internet. A longer list of presentations (including links to videos, slides and handouts) is available from my personal site.

  • Author and coordinator for The Linux Documentation Project (retired from position)

Current and Future Projects

  • Review the DocBook section of the Ubuntu Style Guide.

  • Review the Accessibility section of the official Ubuntu documentation (integrated desktop help).
  • Identify and work with a group of local high school students to create teen-friendly documentation for the STARS systems (and contribute this documentation back to the Ubuntu).
  • Continue to advocate for, and implement, "alternative" marketing strategies (in addition to the usual suspects) through community volunteerism and public speaking engagements.

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