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Ubuntu user, community volunteer and documentation author/fixer-upper. 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. We are looking to work with a group of students to create teen-friendly documentation for these systems. In addition to my hands-on work I have also been active as a 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. 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.)

Full Circle Magazine, Ubuntu Women column

  • Making Change Happen - a five-part series in Full Circle Magazine
  • The Code of Conduct Issue 15, page 27

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)

  • Author and coordinator for http://tldp.org/ (retired from position)

Current Projects

  • Reviewing the DocBook section of the Style Guide.

  • Reviewing the Accessibility section of the official documentation.