New course: Tools for participating in Free Software

A new course is about to start on the courses list: tools for participating in Free Software. The first part of the course will briefly cover tools like bug trackers and mailing lists, and the second part will cover version control. See the announcement and the course webpage for more information.

Software Freedom Day

September 10th 2005 is the second annual Software Freedom Day, a global activism day for grassroots efforts to educate the public about Free and Open Source software. You can see if anything is happening in your area by visiting the SFD teams listing.

Women interested in getting involved in Free and Open Source communities and development may be particularly interested in the SFD activities being run by women's groups:

New website section: LinuxChix for researchers

I've created a new section of the LinuxChix site: LinuxChix for researchers. It has two aims: to help researchers working on "women in Free Software" and related topics, and to help us help them by getting them to work with existing research rather than attempting to create it from scratch. (Linux chix have been asked to take part in a number of very similar surveys over the years).

Does anyone have any entries for the bibliography?

LinuxChix DNS outage

LinuxChix had a DNS outage for about 12 hours ending at about 0800 UTC on June 2, which would have meant that anyone trying to connect to any "" server would have gotten a "host not found" error or similar. It's been fixed now, but allow a little bit of leeway in the next few hours in case timeout magic attacks us. If there are any further problems after that, please notify the IRC channel or the volunteers list.

LinuxChix SETI@home team

Jessica Smith has started a LinuxChix SETI@home team for anyone interested in donating clock cycles to the search for extraterrestrial life.

LinuxChix Brazil national meeting

LinuxChix Brazil is holding their 3rd LinuxChix Brazil National Meeting in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais on April 30 and May 1.

LinuxChix Brazil is one of the most successful LinuxChix chapters, and LinuxChix Brazil members now comprise 15-20% of numbers at Linux events in Brazil. This year, besides lectures about Clusters, Linux Distributions, GCC optimization, Zope and other, in a total of 22 presentations, the National Meeting will have small courses about Subversion, Emacs and LaTeX, multimedia software and Perl.

LinuxChix Africa

Anna Badimo and Dorcas Muthoni have founded a LinuxChix Africa chapter. Their press release describes their goals as:

The aim of the African chapter is to help toward building the critical mass of Linux skills among African women, and to advocate for the use of Free and Open Source Software for the many community development challenges being faced by Africans, especially African women.

Perl course starting

Dan Richter is running an updated version of the Perl course on the courses mailing list. To receive lessons, join the courses list and be sure you're receiving the "Perl" topic.

He writes that "the course is structured to allow you to choose your time commitment. If you put in more time, you'll get more out of it. If you don't have much time, that's okay, you'll still get the basics."

In memory of Dawn Marie

LinuxChix would like to express our sympathy to Carla Schroder whose partner Dawn Marie died in early March after a horse riding accident.

Archive problems fixed

There was a bug in the LinuxChix Mailman installation that caused people trying to view the archives to see this error:

Bug in Mailman version 2.1.5

We're sorry, we hit a bug!

Please inform the webmaster for this site of this problem. Printing of traceback and other system information has been explicitly inhibited, but the webmaster can find this information in the Mailman error logs.

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