Allison Randal

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Allison Randal
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Occupation Programmer, Author
Employer SUSE
Known for Parrot, Perl

Allison Randal is a software developer and author. She was the chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine, a member of the board of directors for The Perl Foundation,[1] a Director of the Python Software Foundation from 2010 to 2012,[2] and the Chairman of the Parrot Foundation.[3] She is also the lead developer of Punie, the port of Perl 1 to Parrot. She is co-author of Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials and the Synopses of Perl 6. She was employed by O'Reilly Media. From August 2010 till February 2012, Randal was the Technical Architect of Ubuntu at Canonical.[4][5]

In 2009, Randal was chair of O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON).[6] She was elected a fellow of the Python Software Foundation in 2010.[7]

She is currently a director of the Open Source Initiative[8] and was its president between 2015 and 2017, taking over from and handing back to Simon Phipps.[9][10] She also serves on the Open Stack Foundation board of directors.[11]


  1. ^ "The Perl Foundation". 
  2. ^ "History of PSF Officers and Directors". Python Software Foundation. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Foundation - Parrot VM". 
  4. ^ "New Job, New Blog". 20 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Randal, Allison. "Allison Randal: Open Source Strategist". LinkedIn. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Allison Randal". O'Reilly Radar. 
  7. ^ "PSF Membership Roster". Python Software Foundation. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "OSI Board Changes 2014". 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  9. ^ Phipps, Simon. "Handing On The Baton". Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Randal, Allison. "Transitions in Leadership". Open Source Initiative. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Board of Directors". Open Stack Open Source Cloud Computing Software. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 

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