An administrator at Google’s Linux administration said she was “awkward” to be asked to leave the organisation.

The Linux community was “not a welcoming place”, said Linux Administrator for Microsoft, Matt Green.

She told the ABC’s AM program that the first few months after joining were a bit like “being at an audition”.

“The staff had no idea what they were getting into and they were kind of confused and a little bit apprehensive,” Ms Green said.

“They were really trying to learn from each other and make sure that they were doing the best job possible for the company.”

The organisation’s new Linux manager, Julie Dickson, said she hoped to bring a more collaborative and transparent workplace.

But she said that her first few weeks at Google were a “tough slog”.

“The way that we’re structured in Linux, there is a lot of collaboration between the different projects, so that was a bit of a tough slog,” she said. 

Ms Green said she had never had to make a change to her job, although she said she often felt like a “second-class citizen”.

“I felt like I had to work a lot harder and I was trying to be a little more of a professional and get my feet wet and be more professional and more involved with the whole team,” she told AM.

Ms Dickson said she worked at Google from October 2016 until January 2017.

Google’s Linux team is still growing, with new Linux projects in the works.

‘I don’t think we’ll ever do anything without our volunteers’Ms Green added that she would not consider leaving the organisation, but wanted to see “the whole Linux community grow”.

She said the organisation’s future depended on how the Linux community responded to the announcement that Ms Dickson would be leaving.

“We need to get more people involved, we need to have more open discussions, we also need to be more transparent and we need a more open workplace,” Ms Dinson said.

“I think that is the most important thing.

We need to grow the Linux ecosystem.”