Video footage of the January *2008* LinuxChix miniconf now available

The video footage of the January *2008* LinuxChix miniconf (ie, the one
that was held a year ago at linux.conf.au 2008 in Melbourne) is now
available online.

Talks with available footage are:

- Heroes (Pia Waugh):
http://conf.au.linuxchix.org/heroes-presented-pia-waugh
- So you want to be a sysadmin (Joh Clarke):
http://conf.au.linuxchix.org/so-you-want-be-sysadmin-presented-joh-clarke
- Not-common-enough code optimisations (Jacinta Richardson):
http://conf.au.linuxchix.org/not-common-enough-code-optimisations-presen...

She's Geeky unconference-- Bay Area, USA

Join us as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Bay Area Girl Geek
Dinners and kick-off of She's Geeky unconference with a Bay Area Girl Geek
Dinner on Thursday, January 29th, 2009. For Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #3,
we are going "no-host" and asking everyone to chip in $20 for dinner.

You must buy your ticket online by 3PM on Tuesday, January 27th -- NO
WALK-IN REGISTRATION.

The first 200 women to register at
http://bayareagirlgeekdinner3.eventbrite.com/ will receive a Bay Area Girl
Geek Dinner mug! Everyone will get Girl Geek Dinner schwag -- registering

Southern California Linux Expo

Adapted on January, 2008 from: http://scale7x.socallinuxexpo.org/

SCALE 7x, the premier Open Source Community conference in the southwestern United States, returns to the Westin LAX Hotel, site of the 6th Expo!

For 2009, the main weekend conference at SCALE 7x has been expanded. In addition to the three main tracks, a Beginner's track and a Developer's track have been added.

SCALE will be February 20th - 22nd, 2009. Mark your calendars!

ShesGeeky: A Women's Tech Unconference

She's Geeky
She's Geeky is a great unconference for and by women in technology.

There's still time to register for the conference in New York City on December 5th to 7th, 2008!
And there will be a SF Bay She's Geeky on January 29-31. A Linuxchix discount code is available (see the grrltalk mailing list for details) and there are even cheaper rates for students, and scholarships available for those who need them.

For more details, go to ShesGeeky.org or check out the detailed PDF flyer.

LinuxChix is a media sponsor for this excellent women's unconference ... check it out if you can!

Sydney, Australia: upcoming LinuxChix events 31st October and 8th November

There are three upcoming AussieChix events in Sydney. Please check them
out and let us know if you're coming along. RSVP email addresses are
available at the links.

Pre-SLUG meetup, Friday October 31:
http://au.linuxchix.org/content/linuxchixaussiedevchix-meeting-sydney-li...

Portrait session in Centennial Park, Saturday November 8:
http://au.linuxchix.org/content/sydney-chix-portrait-session

Movie night, Saturday November 8, following the portrait session (you
can choose to attend either or both of the two events):
http://au.linuxchix.org/content/sydney-movie-night-0

Ten easy ways to attract women to your free software project

The gender inequality among developers and supporters of free software is stunning. Less than 2% of us are women, according to studies conducted for the European Commission. Why? The evidence says we’re driving them away. There are even some pretty good published guidelines on how not to drive them away. What’s missing is a practical implementation strategy: here I present ten relatively simple changes in how you run your project, to make it more attractive to would-be contributors—especially women. Read the rest here

Portrait: LinuxToday managing editor Carla Schroder

Carla Schroder says she just "kind of wandered into" her current life as a free software advocate and well-known IT journalist. "I don't have much in the way of formal education. But I've always been mechanically inclined - your classic ripping things apart and figuring out how they work. I think that makes open source a natural fit for me."

Schroder didn't study computers or programming in school...

Read the rest of the story.

Portrait: Michelle Murrain lives the open source lifestyle

Linux.com has a wonderful article about our very own Michelle Murrain:

http://www.linux.com/feature/143264
"Michelle Murrain is a great example of what the FOSS community is all about. She's complicated: she calls herself a "scientist turned technologist turned theologian turned writer," all blended into one person. She's also an active supporter of and contributor to open source software projects. She's not a developer, however, and Murrain would really like to see more space for people like her, with different gifts to share, in the open source community."

LinuxChix-India aims at free software access for women

BANGALORE: With a name like LinuxChix-India, you might think its mission is trivial, but their goal is serious: creating equal access for women to enter the world of technology.

Archana Raghupathy of Chennai started LinuxChix-India in 2005. It is the Indian chapter of the global women techies' network Linuxchix.org, and "tries to empower Indian women to use, develop and contribute to the world of free and open source software (FOSS)."

Globally, LinuxChix is a community for women who "like Linux and Free Software" and for women and men who want to support women in computing. Its members range from novices to experienced users and include professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.

It also works to bring together women around India involved in various FOSS projects, foster participation and share knowledge in a geeky world where males usually dominate...
read the rest of the article

Tina Gasperson - Jewelry Artist

Our own Tina Gasperson has been recognized for her jewelry-making:

"Did you go to school for this trade or was it something self-taught?"

"I taught myself the actual craft of putting the jewelry together, mostly from reading books, online articles, and watching cool YouTube videos; then trying the basic functions myself, practicing over and over again to learn the right touch with the wire, to learn how to wrap a loop just so without nicking it all up, to figure out the right amount of pressure to put on the wire to make it bend smoothly without angles. The whole thing started when I decided it would be a great idea to hand make 50 tiaras for a women’s conference - and I had never worked with wire before and had no clue what I was going to do."
http://www.theexpressionist.com/2008/08/04/tina-gasperson-jewelry-artist/

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