by Sam Ramji on October 25, 2007 09:14pm
It’s taken awhile, but without further delay – we’re excited to post Sam’s discussion with Allison Randal that took place at this year’s OSCON event in Portland, OR. Allison discusses the importance of participation in the open source community and her perspective where Microsoft sits relative to the principle that everyone deserves to participate.
From her biography on the O’Reilly site: Allison Randal is the Program co-Chair for O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention and Energy Innovation Conference. Her first geek career was as a research linguist in eastern Africa. But eventually her love of coding drew her away from natural languages to artificial ones. Allison is the architect of Parrot (a virtual machine for dynamic languages), on the board of directors of The Perl Foundation, and founder and president of Onyx Neon. She co-authored Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials, and has edited various O’Reilly books on dynamic languages including Perl Hacks and Programming PHP.