Localhost: Mindy Preston

Title: Library Operating Systems: from Localhost to Remote Guest

Abstract: Interfacing with lower-level systems using familiar abstractions, rather than alien ones, is a thing of joy – in testing, reasoning, modification, and participation. Library operating systems allow application programmers to approach operating systems programming in a way that's comprehensible, documentable, testable, and hackable with everyday tools. The end result is a whole virtual machine, easily run locally or as a remote guest in a public or private cloud, which is nonetheless smaller than many base container images. Let's democratize systems hacking!

About Mindy: Mindy Preston (yomimono on the Internet) runs https://somerandomidiot.com, an embroidery and feelings blog that swerved hard into functional programming and never fully recovered. She is a core team member of the MirageOS project and a member of robur.io, a nonprofit collective developing robust digital infrastructure.

Mindy is an alum of the Outreachy program, Recurse Center, and the University of Wisconsin, and aspires to be the world's best cat stepmom.

Small bites and drinks will be served by AppNexus.