Who runs LinuxChix?

LinuxChix is too big a task to be done by any one person. This page lists the many, many volunteers who run the mailing lists and manage the various sections of the website, help with the server, and run the real-world, face-to-face LinuxChix chapters.

How can I help with LinuxChix?

Linuxchix is entirely volunteer run, and we can always use more help!

You don't need advanced technical skills to help out.

We need volunteers for all sorts of roles like,

- answering email queries
- administering the email lists
- screening messages that were filtered as spam
- Keeping linuxchix.org content up to date

Of course, we also have lots of roles for volunteers who do have technical knowledge like,

- Assist in development
- Help us with system administration
- Assist with design/media needs
- Run an online course.

The best way to get started is to,

1. Join the volunteers email list, where you can contact all LinuxChix.org volunteers.
2. Specify your interest area and request for a website account to use the "Volunteers: log in" link in the left navigation.
3. Familiarize yourself with the existing roles - Maintaining LinuxChix page.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Welcome to LinuxChix

LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux and Free Software, and for women and men who want to support women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.

See About LinuxChix for more information, and Join LinuxChix to join.

LinuxChix coordinators

LinuxChix normally has three lead volunteers, known as the Tres Chix.

The Tres Chix are the lead LinuxChix volunteers, the authorities that approve (or don't) new projects under the LinuxChix banner, and the ones who lay down the law when contentious issues come up. They are also ultimately the people responsible for screwups and problems. They are elected by popular vote among the LinuxChix community.

The coordinators can be contacted at coordinator@linuxchix.org

Currently there are only two active Tres Chix (yes, that means we're really Dos Chix).
The current coordinators are Akkana Peck and Carla Schroder.

Past coordinators

Past LinuxChix coordinators were:

LinuxChix admins

Who takes care of our various sysadmin duties? What are those duties, anyway? Who ya gonna call when things go wrong? This page attempts to keep track of that.

Server admin

If the server just plain isn't answering, DNS goes bad, the disk fills up, etc. These people have login access. Other jobs that require admin access: editing the mailing list archives, adding or viewing mail aliases, upgrading software, changing Drupal CSS (?).

Mailman admin

The site-wide password for mailman. Add people as admins for specific lists, add new lists or remove/rename existing ones or change Mailman configuration.

(Clytie is also a mailman developer but isn't a LinuxChix mailman admin.)

IRC server admin

Ban people from the server, restart the server, or change server parameters.

IRC channel ops

Lots of people have ops on specific channels, like #linuxchix.

Drupal admin

Change Drupal parameters, edit users' permissions, or create special content beyond what normal content editors can create.
(And by the way, what categories of content require this level of access?)

Site CSS

Fix problems in the website's CSS (this may take sysadmin login permission).

Moodle admin

Fix Moodle problems.

Add content in Drupal

Lots of people can add content in Drupal: anyone with "Content Admin" privs in Drupal.

To get the list of all Content Admin users, go to Administer->User Management->Users and limit it to Role of Content Admin.

The current list is: gayathri, Carla, Noirin, Terri, RobynManning, kjh, akkana, katie, Lili, valoriez, lilandra, joh, pearlbear, webchick.

Add or change feeds in live.linuxchix.org under Drupal

I think people with Drupal admin access can do this -- anyone else?

Mail aliases

Only people with server access can read or change these. We need to know what they are and who's on them. So far, we know about:

coordinator, coordinators
Sulamita, Akkana, Carla
Akkana, Brenda, Chris Madrone, Katie, Kathryn, lilandra, Angela Byron, Michelle Murrain, Penelope Leach, Robyn M, Gloria W, Terri (admin), Valorie (admin)
lilandra, katie@hoteldetective.org
goes to the sysadmins (pl) list

Contact form recipients

We have several contact form categories, which go to different addresses. To see the latest list, Administer->Site Building->Contact Form. The current list is:

Chapter inquiries:
General inquiries:
Media inquiries:
Submit news item:
Website feedback:

Mailing list admins

Admins for specific mailing lists -- take care of spam, approve postings, etc.
##Carla is curious how many of these are still active- I see a number of unfamiliar names

linda at meridian-ds.com, terri at zone12.com, valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com

listpig at earthlink.net, terri at zone12.com, linda at meridian-ds.com, michelle at murrain.net

sujita at anandamarga.net, terri at zone12.com, valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com, betjohns at gmail.com

Courses (anyone on this list can also add new course topics)
suzo at spin.net.au, lists at tuxtina.de, terri at zone12.com, laylaa+linuxchix at gmail.com, amk.sorsa at gmail.com, michelle at murrain.net

terri at zone12.com, valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com, linda at meridian-ds.com, chris.madrone at gmail.com

lists at tuxtina.de, terri at zone12.com, valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com, linda at meridian-ds.com, wynke at stack.nl, michelle at murrain.net

buffarama at gmail.com, rmanning at adam.com.au, scumparty at gmail.com, terri at zone12.com

terri at zone12.com, svaksha at gmail.com, shuying at gmail.com, clytie at riverland.net.au, valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com, michelle at murrain.net

jenn at linuxchix.org, dancer at linuxchix.org, karen at linuxchix.org, terri at zone12.com, sujita at mimos.my

terri at zone12.com, hb1921 at hotpop.com, svaksha at gmail.com, valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com, tanja.pislar at gmail.com, johnston at biochemistry.ucl.ac.uk, juliesloan at mindspring.com, suzo at spin.net.au, plunkett at gmail.com

meredydd.luff at googlemail.com, terri at zone12.com, joulie at gmail.com, juliesloan at mindspring.com, lists at tuxtina.de

rmanning at adam.com.au, listpig at earthlink.net, terri at zone12.com, rudy at grumpydevil.homelinux.org, linda at meridian-ds.com, wynke at stack.nl

terri at zone12.com, wynke at stack.nl, megan at columbia.edu, valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com, betjohns at gmail.com

Email lists

Mailing list volunteers are responsible for both moderation duties (preventing spam from reaching the list) and list owner duties (making sure that the lists continue to fufill their role).

Thanks also to Piglet, Valorie Zimmerman and Terri Oda for doing a lot of moderation duties over all the lists.


See the chapter listing.


One of the activities of LinuxChix is to run online courses on a variety of subjects. Courses are run on the Courses mailing list; subscribe to that list to participate. New courses may also make use of our Moodle setup on http://courses.linuxchix.org/

Some courses are held using Moodle, at http://courses.linuxchix.org/, where we also have a selection of archived courses.
Others are held on the courses mailing list; subscribe to that list to join an ongoing course.

Current courses

C for Absolute Beginners, run on the courses mailing list, starting on Sunday Feb 5, 2012.

Starting a new course

Any linuxchix member is welcome to run a course. Courses can be as long or as short as you want, but you might want to check out the archived courses to get an idea of what's been run in the past. That doesn't mean you can't do something different, but it does give you an idea of what's worked before.

Typically, the first thing to do is to determine if there's enough interest by asking on the mailing lists. Either the grrltalk mailing list is usually the best place to ask and discuss things before your course starts, since not as many people subscribe to the courses mailing list unless there's a course they want to take. If there's enough interest, send a message to the volunteers mailing list to make sure that the admins for the courses mailing list can set up a subject tag for your use, and the Moodle admins can set up a new course for you. Announce your new course to the announce mailing list and give people a few days to subscribe and/or familiarize themselves with Moodle, then start posting lessons and running your course!

Some hints: shorter lessons are easier for people to fit into their spare time, so try to make at least your first few lessons fairly short. And if you want feedback and/or discussion, don't be afraid to ask for it!

A sampling of past Courses

Beginning Programming in Python
Akkana Peck
Spineful Living
Carla Schroder
Akkana Peck
Tools for Participating in Free Software
Mary Gardiner
Linux Commands
Carla Schroder
Devdas Bhagat
C programming
Mary Gardiner
Isabelle Hurbain
Kernel Hacking
Val Henson and Sonja Krause-Harder
Programming Basics
Sonja Krause-Harder and Karen Hall
Raven Alder and Katie Bechtold
Basic Networking
Unix File Systems
Meredydd Luff
Dan Richter
Using PostgreSQL
Michelle Murrain

See all archived courses.

Using PostgreSQL

This course is a course in the use of the database management system, Postgresql. Although much less popular than its cousin, MySQL, it is, in fact, more robust, more powerful, and often faster. We'll cover installation, server administration, command-line client use, as well as connections via web and ODBC and other topics.

This course is designed for people who are beginner to medium on database management systems, but are fairly comfortable with the command line, and feel comfortable installing and configuring software.

Advanced MySQL users who just want to get a feeling for Postgresql are welcome, as well, but there are definitely weeks you'll want to skip (like the weeks reviewing SQL, for instance.)

The course will start on November 19th, with lessons and exercises posted at the beginning of the week.

Subscribe to the courses list to join (topic [Postgresql]) if you aren't already on it: http://mailman.linuxchix.org/mailman/listinfo/courses

Also, there will be a moodle page: http://courses.linuxchix.org/course/view.php?id=5

Website credits

These pages list the website credits for linuxchix.org. Please see About LinuxChix for more information about LinuxChix and Who runs LinuxChix for more about its volunteers.

Web page maintainence

Front Page: position open
Chapters Katie Bechtold
Courses Course managers
Website Reviews: Jacqueline McNally
LinuxChix Live: Laylaa
Who runs LinuxChix: the Tres Chix and its volunteers
General: Valorie Zimmerman, Michelle Murrain, Akkana Peck

Website leads

The current heads of the website (www.linuxchix.org and subpages) are:


The head of webpage content is Akkana Peck.

She is responsible for deciding what webpages we need or want. She is responsible for ensuring that the website volunteers keep the website up-to-date and usable.


Brenda Wallace and Angela Byron are responsible for technical management of the website. They maintain and and update the Drupal installation, and are the people who help website volunteers with technical problems.


You can contact the website leads and volunteers by using the contact form and choosing the Website Feedback category.

LinuxChix logo


The current logo used on our webpages is called "Robotux" and was designed by Colin Adams at the request of Val Henson. It is licensed for use under the CC Attribution Share-alike license.

Present and past LinuxChix logos are intended only for use promoting LinuxChix (for instance, at conferences and other LinuxChix related events, or on t-shirts). If you intend to use the logo or need a high-resolution version of it, please ask first, using the contact form.

LinuxChix volunteers can access the high resolution versions of Robotux and past LinuxChix logo files here.

Web page design and building

Original 1999 website

Deb Richardson

Zope website (2001–2007)

Jenn and Dancer Vesperman

2006 new website design

  • Specifications, information architecture review: Chris and Amy
  • Design prototypes: Chris and Terri Oda
  • Initial prototype: Jen-Mei Wu and Gloria W

2007 Drupal

  • Content: Laylaa, Mary Gardiner, Michelle Murrain, Valorie Zimmerman, Akkana Peck, Morten 'Doc' Nielsen, Katie Bechtold
  • CSS Ninja: Laylaa, based upon open source template from Syndicateme with help from Kathryn Hogg and Akkana Peck
  • Drupal: Angela Byron and Brenda Wallace
  • Mailing lists integration: Brenda Wallace
  • Moodle: Penny Leach
  • Moodle+Drupal single sign on: Brenda Wallace and Penny Leach
  • QA Tester: Cristina Radulescu
  • Sysadmin: Mary Gardiner, Dancer Vesperman and Joh Clarke