My name is Maciej and I study Global Studies at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Currently I'm preparing to write my master thesis in which I want to investigate free and open source software community using global civil society's theories. Therefore I would like to ask the FOSS community members, both developers and users, to help me with my research. Your motivations of using this kind of software is the key to my study. Although vast majority of FOSS community are men I believe that women's opinions can contribute to valuable findings in this study. Therefore there are very important to me.
I would like to create few virtual focus groups in which motivations of using FOSS would be discussed by the interviewees. The place would be Google groups (I hope not too many people will object using this platform, but this is the easiest way to conduct a survey...).
We'd like to encourage all women in the Linux community to submit a proposal to speak at LinuxCon, the industry's premiere Linux conference. While our CFP has closed officially, we still have it open to receive
last minute submissions.
Here is Cathy Malmrose's tale of how Zareason, her independent Linux hardware company, was born of chaos and Compiz Fusion:
"When you have a chaotic, non-routinized environment, creativity can often flow unchecked, or at least not-too-terribly-hampered by the marketing or finance department.
"One of the most beautiful aspects of LinuxLand is that, in its chaos, a wild creativity can spawn sweet and enduring projects. One of those projects, Compiz Fusion, was sparky enough to help me enter LinuxLand which in turn helped me build a hardware company."
Follow along as I to try to express my gratitude and share a little about each of these women in hopes that you too can understand, appreciate, and come to admire these women and why I consider these women my mentors In, Near, and Around Ubuntu.
Akkana Peck (akk) - I had the opportunity to meet Akkana at OSCON last year though we had talked/chatted in IRC prior to that. Akkana is an excellent public speaker and funny as heck too! Anyone who can make me laugh and understand GRUB a little more in under 5 minutes is awesome in my book. (side note - Her mom is cool too!!!)
She's Geeky is coming to the Bay Area! January 29-31 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
Are you a woman? Are you a Geek? This event is for you! We invite women from a diverse array of technological fields and those doing technology within non-technical fields. It's a great "unconference" and a great chance to meet up with fellow geeky women, learn from them and share your own areas of expertise.
We are really pleased to announce She’s Geeky DC. It will be Friday and Saturday November 13 & 14th, 2009 at NCLR, 1126 16th Street, N.W.
Register Here http://shesgeekydc.eventbrite.com/
We have an amazing DC based organizing team Andrea Baker, Kety Esquivel, Allyson Kapin, Amy Senger, Shireen Mitchell along with the She’s Geeky home base organizers – Kaliya Hamlin & Heidi Nobantu Saul
Who is invited?
Are you a woman? Are you a Geek? This event is for you. We are invite women from a diverse array of technological fields and those doing technology within non-technical fields
The Washington, DC chapter of LinuxChix will be gathering at 7:00 p.m.
on Monday, 16 November 2009 at Ten Ren's Tea Time in College Park,
Maryland. No RSVP necessary. See http://dc.linuxchix.org/ for more
on our chapter.
Seattle WA USA LinuxChix Meeting:
Tuesday November 10th, 2009
Starting at 6:00pm PST :-)
Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
1005 E Pike St
Seattle WA 98101
This is the last meeting we have scheduled, so the topic will include
scheduling future meetings and discussing what topics we would like to
address in 2010.
Join us and let us know what you'd like to get out of the community!
we'll talk geek and grrl! this has included desktop options, scripting
fun, how to interact in very male environments.
Elizabeth is a longtime Linuxchix member, and is the first-ever women elected to the Ubuntu Community Council. Congratulations, Elizabeth!
The newly-elected council will serve a two-year term:
Benjamin Mako Hill
Debian-NYC is beginning a series of Debian Workshops, designed to
introduce new contributors to the free software community. These
workshops are designed for people with a good technical background,
but aren't yet well connected in the Free Software community. As
such, we thought it would be good to advertise this event to this
list. Please forward this announcement (and site below) to NYC-area
women who would be interested.
Our first workshop will be on October 15th. It will be on the basics
of dealing with Debian packages: getting source, bugfixing/locally