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.

The "Makers" Group Goes Live!

LinuxChixxors have formed a new group called "Makers" for chixxors who are exploring DIY electronic and other projects. We'll talk Arduino and other microcontroller boards, RaspberryPi and other single board computers, sensors, robots, drones, 3D printing, and anything else people are interested in. Whatever level you are at, whether it be a total beginner, or have been doing this for years, you're welcome to join in. Subscribe to the mailing list and join us in the #makers channel over on LinuxChix IRC.

Are Women Leaving the Tech Industry in Droves?

Sue Gardner, the former executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, says yes, and offers her insight in her Op-Ed piece in the LA Times, Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves.

Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?

That's the title of a TED talk given by Dame Stephanie Shirley. Billed as the "most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of", Dame Shirley started a software house in England in 1962. Her talk is educational, inspiring and humorous and well worth the 14 minutes you'll spend.

A short Ideas piece, How Dame Stephanie Shirley Upended Tech World Sexism in the 1960s is worth the read and contains a video of a December 2013 TED talk by Megan Smith on women in tech history. Remarkable!

Our Terri Oda's whimisical slide deck hits the news stands!

Our fellow LinuxChix, Terri Oda made a mischievous slide set explaining why biological differences has nothing to do with mathematical ability and in turn does not account for the genders account for the low numbers of women in software! Scroll and read more here: http://www.fastcolabs.com/3008216/tracking/minding-gap-how-your-company-...

Congratulations to Terri!

Computing skills boot camp in Boston June 24-25

On June 24-25, 2013, Software Carpentry will run a computing skills
boot camp in Boston for women in science, engineering, and medicine.
With three rooms and six instructors, it will be one of the biggest
events we've ever done. This boot camp is open to women at all stages
of their research careers, from graduate students, post-docs, and
faculty to staff scientists at hospitals and in the public and private
sectors. Registration is only $20; to sign up, or find out more,
please visit the registration page at

Joseph Reagle on the gender gap in geek culture

Is geek culture sexist? Joseph Reagle, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Northeastern University and author of a new paper entitled, “Free as in Sexist? Free culture and the gender gap,” returns to Surprisingly Free to address geek feminism and the technology gender gap.

A #tbldownunder tip jar for Pia

A year ago, when Pia thought it might be cool to bring Tim Berners-Lee to Australia for linux.conf.au 2013, she didn’t foresee quite how much work the project would involve...
But in addition to her time and energy, Pia also put up a large sum of her own money to see the project through, hoping that late sponsorship agreements would cover her risk.

Happy Birthday Alan Turing!

Let's celebrate Alan Turing's 100th birthday by writing a piece of code, breaking a piece of code or just reading up on his various inventions. The BBC is celebrating with publications that celebrates Alan. Read more here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18541715

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