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Women at Open Source Community

Track: BoFs (Birds of a Feather)
Date: Monday, July 23
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: D136

Moderator: Sulamita Garcia, Latin America Open Source Strategy Manager, Intel/Linuxchix

Two years ago the FLOSSPOS research showed that just 2% of open source developers are women. We have been talking why that happens for some years now, and we don't want to keep explaining that forever. We want to discuss actions to increase this number. That IT is a field with less female participants is a fact, but even so, the average is 28%, according with the same research. So, how can we make free and open source software movement really free to any gender? The hostess of this BOF are Linuxchix participants, but we invite all other groups which work with female encouraging in FOSS to join us, like Debian Women, Ubuntu Women, Devchix, etc. Linuxchix is a community that is 8 years old now, how can we serve as a base for more specific groups?

LinuxChix is a community for women who like Linux, and for anyone who wants to support women in computing. We are an international group of Free Software users and developers, founded in 1999 with the aim of "supporting women in Linux." Founder Deb Richardson described it as an alternative to the "locker room atmosphere" found in some online technical forums and gave LinuxChix two core rules: "be polite" and "be helpful". LinuxChix is now many things to many people, but it remains primarily a group for supporting women in computing, specifically in Open Source/Free Software/Software Libre computing.