Sage Sharp

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Sage Sharp
Born1985 (age 37–38)
Other namesSarah Sharp
Known forLinux kernel contributions
SpouseJamey Sharp[1]

Sage Sharp (formerly Sarah Sharp) is a software engineer who has worked on the Linux kernel, including serving on the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board for two years.[2]

Sharp began working on the kernel in 2006 as an undergraduate at Portland State University, and later through an Intel undergraduate research grant.[3] Sharp's contributions to the kernel include writing and acting as a maintainer for its USB 3.0 driver.[4][5] In 2015, Sharp recommended that the Linux project adopt a code of conduct for Linux developers; Linus Torvalds adopted a "code of conflict" instead.[6][7] Sharp stepped down from direct work on the kernel on 5 October 2015, citing the abrasive communication style and "abusive commentary [on submitted patches]" of the maintainer community.[4][8][9][10]

Sharp was a volunteer co-coordinator of the Outreachy project,[11] and led a team contributing to the Linux kernel for the project's June 2013 internships.[12] Through their consultancy Otter Tech LLC, they work with Outreachy in a paid capacity, providing code of conduct enforcement training and incidence response workshops.[13][14]

Sharp won the first annual Red Hat Women in Open Source Community Award in 2015 for "efforts in improving communications and inviting women into open source communities"[15] and the 2016 O'Reilly Open Source Award for accomplishments in the open source community.[11]

Sharp is non-binary and uses the pronouns "they" and "them".[16]

Early years[edit]

Sharp grew up in Rainier, Oregon,[17] and attended Portland State University as an undergraduate. While at Portland State University, Sharp worked on the Linux kernel for senior elective credits.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Me – Sage Sharp". Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  2. ^ "The Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board election results []". Archived from the original on 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ a b Cloer, Jennifer (25 June 2012). "30 Linux Kernel Developers in 30 Weeks: Sarah Sharp". | The source for Linux information. Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  4. ^ a b Gold, Jon (5 October 2015). "Linux kernel dev Sarah Sharp quits, citing 'brutal' communications style". Network World. Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  5. ^ Sharp, Sarah (22 October 2013). "[Tech-board-discuss] Standing for the Technical Advisory Board - Sarah Sharp". Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  6. ^ Cohen, Noah (2018-09-18). "After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 2020-02-20. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  7. ^ "The Woman Bringing Civility to Open Source Projects". WIRED. Archived from the original on 2020-05-11. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  8. ^ Sharp, Sage (5 October 2015). "Closing a door". Archived from the original on 2020-11-28. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  9. ^ Sharwood, Simon (6 October 2015). "Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse". Archived from the original on 2020-03-29. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  10. ^ "The Culture War Comes to Linux". Motherboard. 2018-09-26. Archived from the original on 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  11. ^ a b "Outreachy's Sarah Sharp Wins O'Reilly Open Source Award - Software Freedom Conservancy". 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  12. ^ "Open Source Interns Outperform Industry Heavyweights In Linux Kernel Contributions". 2013-11-15. Archived from the original on 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  13. ^ "Outreachy Progress: 2018-12". 2019-01-03. Archived from the original on 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2021-11-10.
  14. ^ "Code of Conduct Enforcement Training". Otter Tech. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Women in Open Source Award". Archived from the original on 2020-03-22. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  16. ^ Sharp, Sage (2017-10-24). "Binaries are for computers". Archived from the original on 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  17. ^ McMillan, Robert (19 July 2013). "Why this hacker stood up against 'verbal abuse' in Linux land". Wired. Archived from the original on 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2017-10-14.

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