LinuxCon Shines Light on Developer Diversity Issues

Thursday Sep 19th 2013 by Developer.com Staff
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For the first time ever, you can buy a LinuxCon T-shirt in women's sizes.

At the LinuxCon user conference, Intel developer Sarah Sharp took the stage and called for more coders to get involved in developing for the Linux kernel. "We bring a lot of new people into the kernel and people do one-off patches," Sharp said. "But there really needs to be a way for people to get a larger, beefier project within the kernel and to get some one-on-one mentorship."

Sharp made it clear that she believes the project needs some of those "new people" to be women. She said currently only 1 to 2 percent of those who work on the kernel are women. Over the summer, Sharp said the blunt treatment of coders who work on Linux scares away a lot of good female developers.

However, there were some signs of change at Linux Con. A couple of women are presenting at the conference, and 60 showed up for a Women in Open Source lunch, many more than expected. And, for the first time ever, LinuxCon T-shirts come in women's sizes as well as men's.

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