Women Who Code Open Source Workshop


I’m mentoring at the Open Source Workshop #3 given by Women Who Code. There’s a special OPW focus today, because the application period opened yesterday. The most popular topic so far has been IRC; how to choose and set up a client, how communities use it, and sorting out the initially confusing tangle of clients, networks, and channels. (Networks’ web clients, helpful as they may be, can add to this confusion.) It’s been productive; lots of attendees are interested in getting started with open source, whether they become involved with OPW or not.

There’s one more workshop coming up, on October 4. This one will be held at Brightroll in San Francisco. If you’re interested, it’s not too early to RSVP.

Women Who Code SF: Open Source Software (4 of 4)

OPW Round 9 Begins Today

If you, or someone you know, has been considering applying for a Gnome Outreach Program for Women internship, now is the time! The application period for Round 9 starts today. Participating organizations so far are the Linux Kernel (of course); Evergreen; Mesos, Aurora, and Pants; and X.org. See the announcement and instructions at the OPW site. If you’re interested in working with the Kernel (even if you’re not pursuing an internship), the OPW Intro page at Kernel Newbies is the place to start.

Good luck!

My LinuxCon Talk

I delivered my talk, “Hacking the Kernel, Hacking Myself” at LinuxCon on Wednesday. This is the third time I’ve delivered it, and it’s getting better with practice. The best speeches aren’t written in stone and delivered once; they evolve over multiple deliveries. I’ve tried to show what the OPW program, my mentor, and the Linux foundation have done for me that helped me the most. This time, I brought in some new material about how to support someone who’s seeking to become part of the community.

I was amazed at the response I got. I had quite a few people approach me to tell me not only that they enjoyed the talk, but how the picture of outreach and support that I painted was meaningful to them.

My slides don’t make much sense without the accompanying talk, but if you’d like to see them, here they are.

I’m Back, With Tasty Presents for You

Hello my readers,

I’ve been gone for awhile, but now, I’m back. I’m here at OSCON, and I’m so happy (and tipsy) that I just have to share it with you. In fact, I’ve got something wonderful to share with you–a ticket to Linuxcon North America! I ended up with an extra one, so the first person at OSCON who comes to my office hours at 2:30 tomorrow–or, failing that, my talk on Thursday at 11:50–and says “Linux Rocks!” gets the ticket! So if you’re having a good time and don’t want it to end, get yourself another round!

Here’s my talk.

And of course, we’re long overdue for a spider (or two). Here’s a little romance. Enjoy.