Not many people are able to say that they’ve taken out a patent. Lynne Jolitz (homepage) has three (here, here and here, since you asked). But that’s just the start of it. Lynne Jolitz invented 386BSD, an OS also known as Jolix. Aside from the achievement itself, it introduced something we all use in our offices all the time – role-based security. The amount of access you have to a system and the amount of things you can do can be varied based on what you need to be able to do. That means more secure systems and less accidents – anyone who has accidentally used sudo when they didn’t mean to will know what I mean.
That, though, is only the half of it. The great bulk of Jolitz’s work has been in the open-source realm. Not just that, but she actually makes money out of open-source, having started up a few companies that have been, ahem, more than just a little successful.
It seems to me that the best person, given that this post is for Ada Lovelace Day, to talk about women in technology might be Lynne Jolitz, in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle: Paving the way for ‘systers‘.
More on Ada Lovelace Day here.