Mila Perez, six months old, is OpenStack’s newest contributor. She offers words of encouragement for newbies.

BOSTON — At just six months old, Mila Perez is already an OpenStack contributor. Superuser ran into the budding programmer at the Women of OpenStack lunch during the Summit Boston.

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Working with dad Mike Perez, she recently co-authored a patch that removed deprecated binary code from Nova. He says while it’s too early to chart her course as a programmer, working with OpenStack is teaching her valuable lessons about participating in the open source community.

“If I can do it, anyone can,” Mila gurgled as her dad moved for a diaper change.

So far her biggest obstacle has been not drooling on the key board. “She gets excited about simplifying OpenStack,” Mike, cross-project developer coordinator at The OpenStack Foundation, adds.