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Name: Val Henson
Member since: 2002-02-28 04:42:34
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I've switched to, if not the dark side, at least the grey side. I'm working on the Solaris kernel for Sun Microsystems. It's pretty exciting, I hope to learn a lot about operating systems and continue working on Linux in my spare time.

I used to work on PowerPC Linux for Synergy Microsystems . I maintained the Gemini port, which runs on most of Synergy's embedded PowerPC boards.

In my spare time, I help out at LinuxChix , where I'm teaching Linux kernel development to women. See, I got tired of asking, "Are any other women working on the Linux kernel?" and hearing, "Well, Pauline Middlelink wrote the ipmasq code a few years back." So I decided to create some female kernel developers. It's going quite well, so far.

My pet project is currently the TCP/IP Drinking Game. If you know anything at all about network protocols, submit a question and your name will be immortalized forever (or as long as the TCP/IP Drinking Game is played).

Cool stuff I've done in the past: I wrote a Linux netapp - if "wrote" is the correct word. In the process, I fixed a bug in the 2.2.17 tranparent proxy code. That was really fun, mucking around in net/ipv4/. I write bits and pieces of Linux network drivers and I suspect I'll end up doing that forever. My very first kernel project was making Linux 2.1.130 use soft irqs on the Alpha. When I was done, it didn't crash, usually. Needless to say, I didn't submit the patches. Oh yeah, and I fixed a bug in one of the xscreensaver hacks, xjack. I found it while I was converting it to print "All work and no play makes Val a dull girl," but I didn't submit that part of the patch.

Looking for a mentor?

If you're female, interested in computing, and looking for a mentor , you may want to contact me (see my webpage). Maybe I won't end up mentoring you after all, but I can at least put you in contact with other women interested in mentoring. If you're interested in working on the Linux kernel, please contact me.



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