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Interview with PyCon Publicity Coordinator: Catherine Devlin

Mar 07, 2011 GMT

Amber Graner is doing a series of interviews with PyCon 2011 organizers and volunteers. Today she posted an interview with Catherine Devlin over on her Ubuntu User blog -- PyCon Personality: Catherine Devlin.Let us know if you have suggestions for other FLOSS women we should interview!
Women who inspire

Mar 04, 2011 GMT

Amber Graner, Leigh Honeywell, Ruth Suele Last weekend at SCaLE9x, I participated in the annual Weakest Geek competition, along with Pete Graner (Ubuntu kernel manager), Rob Spectre (Boxee developer), Don Marti (2010 Weakest Geek, defending his title), Kurt von Finck (Chief Community and Communications Officer at Monty Program), and Leigh Honeywell (SCaLE9x keynote speaker). Congratulations to Leigh Honeywell, the 2011 Weakest Geek! I also want to thank Leigh for giving me my only correct answer during the Weakest Geek competition. Thanks for the sisterly love!March is Women's History Month and NPR is launching a mini-series about women...
Geeky Valentine's Day Roundup

Feb 14, 2011 GMT

I have nothing against Valentine's Day, but I also don't go crazy for the holiday, either. Tonight, my husband and I will go bowling, just like we do every Monday night. I even splurged and sent him a gift as unique and fun as our relationship (I'm sure he'll love his new Madagascar hissing cockroach at the Bronx Zoo, named "Jud"). So, in honor of Valentine's Day, I give you a geeky romantic roundup: Open Source is for Lovers Map Your Valentine Geekiest Marriage Proposals of All Time How do we love Linux? Counting the many ways US Patent Illustration Cards for your geek sweet on Valentine’s Day 10 Valentine’s Day...
Education: Open source as an alternative 'study abroad' experience

Feb 07, 2011 GMT

Red Hat's Mel Chua searched under "why study abroad" and then tweaked the results to create this clever "why contribute to open source" article. Be sure to check out the Teaching Open Source site for more articles and resources on open source and education.
ROSE Blog Interviews: Barbara Irwin, Loads of Linux Links Maintainer

Feb 07, 2011 GMT

Recently I received an email from Barbara Irwin, a Linux user since 1997. After 30 years in the library business, Barbara retired about nine years ago. "After retiring, I was looking for a useful and interesting project in Linux and/or open source," she says. "As it happened, a neat project literally fell into my lap via my local LUG, which I had been participating in," she adds. The neat project is website called Loads of Linux Links. Barbara says that the database was started by a fellow VLUGer, who gave it up when his job required him to be overseas. Now Barbara maintains the site in her spare time. "The purpose of the Loads of Linux Links project is to...
Interviews: Anne Østergaard and Carla Schroder

Jan 27, 2011 GMT

The Fellowship of Free Software Foundation Europe site has an interesting interview with Anne Østergaard. According to the interview, Anne is a former Vice Chairman at GNOME, heavily involved in political lobbying, and fights for changes in software patents and copyright. "Until we have spread the fundamental freedoms of Free Software further there is little chance that we can make individuals understand the importance of being in control of your own life, and being the one to decide from case to case with whom you want to share information on matters you consider to be of a private nature," she says. Anne also discusses sharing private information on Facebook and the risk of...
Linux Training: Learn at your leisure

Jan 18, 2011 GMT

Jennifer Cloer sent me a link to a recent Linux.com story about Deborah Wazir, who says that her Linux skills helped her land a job. Deborah tells Jennifer, ""I bought some Linux-based magazines with Live CDs of various distros, bought a book on Ubuntu, borrowed an old laptop from my son, downloaded VMWare and Red Hat, and just started installing the OS. It was a lot of fun!"Deborah also says that she'll be taking advantage of Linux Foundation training courses this year. For those of you are are interested in passing the LPIC-1 exam or learning Monitoring with Nagios, check out our new online training options: http://academy.linux-magazine.com/And if you want to learn how...

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