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Alice ferrazzi

Website: http://drunkgeisha.blogspot.com/
Email: aliceinwire (at) gnumerica (dot) org

How long have you been using Debian?

Since October 2005

Are you a Debian developer?

No but i hope to be someday!

What areas of Debian are you involved in?

What got you interested in working with Debian?

When i saw Debian for the first time in 2005 i was really impressed by it. Most of all I was impressed by the Women community under Debian

Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

Debian is in continuous evolving and everyone can contribute in it. Don't find fault. Find a remedy! there are a lot of packages only waiting for your "lovin'"!
  • http://wnpp.debian.net/
  • Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which one(s)?

    Unfortunately not.

    A bit more about Alice...

    I'm also a electronic musician, you can find more with search engine! I have start to use computer in 2000 plaing with Descent and learning the basics of M$-Dos. step by step i had learnt always a bit more, and i had learn to adjust my pc by myself when something goes wrong. I always had the passion for new technology. And the Debian community is a fantastic place for learning always more. You are getting your help on the Debian community but you improve also yourself.

    Amaya Rodrigo Sastre

    mailto:aliceinwire (at) gnumerica (dot) org Website:

    http://www.amayita.com/
    Email: amaya (at) debian (dot) org

    How long have you been using Debian?

    Since October 1998

    Are you a Debian developer?

    Yes!

    What areas of Debian are you involved in?

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    I must confess I was encouraged by the guys... Santiago Vila and Héctor García. I never thought I'd be up to it until they showed an interest to sponsor me.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    Be yourself. Take it with a grain of salt. Stay focused on your goals. Debian is a great community. I wouldn't want to give anyone a hard time. I enjoy being a DD a lot. It's a fulfilling experience. Go for it.

        Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which
        one(s)?
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        It's something I have always wanted to do. I started a women
        oriented mailing list for the Spanish speaking some years ago. It
        was a huge failure ;-( Nowadays I am involved with:
    

    • Systers
    • Women and Free Software (Spanish local effort). (Mujeresred-softwarelibre)

    A bit more about Amaya...

        I was supposed to be an English teacher. Or a technical translator.
        Free Software gave me a chance to change my destiny, grow up as a
        person, find new goals and motivations.
    

    Erinn Clark

    Erinn Clark Website: http://erinn.org
    Email: erinn@debian.org

    How long have you been using Debian?

    Since 2003.

    Are you a Debian developer?

    Yes.

    What areas of Debian are you involved with?

    Packaging, the Debian Women Project, torturing my sparc64 with d-i tests.

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    Initially, it was the community. What keeps me with Debian is its integrity and commitment to freedom and technical excellence.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    Certainly. Rule number one: Don't be afraid. The Debian community has acquired a bit of a reputation, and it is always wise to observe before one jumps in head first, but do not be put off by the mailing lists. There are a great many friendly and helpful people to be found. Find a subsection of Debian that you can be a part of which will value your contributions. Participate on the Debian Women mailing list. We will certainly be able to find you many things to do that you might not have thought of yourself. Likewise, look at the involvement page for ideas on how to get started.

    Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which one(s)?

    Yes, LinuxChix occasionally.

    A bit more about Erinn...

    Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am,

    And wild for to hold, though I seem tame.</i><br>
        -- Whoso List to Hunt, Sir Thomas Wyatt
    

    Fernanda G. Weiden

    mailto:erinn@debian.org Website: http://people.softwarelivre.org/~fernanda/
    Email: fernanda (at) softwarelivre (dot) org

    How long have you been using Debian?

    Since the 22nd of November of 2003.

    Are you a Debian developer?

    Not yet.

    What areas of Debian are you involved with?

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    Its adherence to principles and the development model. Also, it feels good taking part on the creation of something I use daily.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    Do not be intimidated is the first advice, but mainly, have people know about your work and do not let anyone diminish it. Something I've been noticing since I started working with womens groups inside the Free Software community is that many women are there taking part, but just a small number of them expose their ideas. Give priority to that. having an opinion, even if it is not the brightest, is better than having none or hiding it so nobody knows about it. Any idea is a bright idea when people around you get to know it.

    Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which one(s)?

    Yes! I am one of the founders of PSL-Mulheres (Projeto Software Livre Mulheres). We work on projects to increase digital inclusion of women, assist feminist NGO's and social groups with understanding and using Free Software.

    A bit more about Fernanda...

    I work for IBM as a developer at their Linux Technology Center installed at UNICAMP, a university of the State of São Paulo. I became involved with Free Software in 1997. I still haven't finished university, although I've started two university courses, already: mathematics, and computer science, bit I'm planning to start (and finish, this time) a technology-related course real soon now.

    Hanna Wallach

    mailto:fernanda (at) softwarelivre (dot) org Blog:

    http://join-the-dots.org/
    Work: http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/hmw26/
    Email: hanna (at) join-the-dots (dot) org

    How long have you been using Debian?

    Since April 1999

    Are you a Debian developer?

    Not yet; I plan to enter the New Maintainer process within the next couple of months, however.

    What areas of Debian are you involved with?

    My primary contribution to the Debian project is packaging. I currently co-maintain one package and have just filed an ITP (Intent to Package) for another.
    I also take an active role in couraging others to use Debian. I believe that one of the most important ways to support the growth of a project like Debian is to encourage people to find out more and, if interested, get involved. Over the past few years, I have initiated both formal and informal discussions about Debian with a variety of individuals, and helped run several Debian installfests.

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    Debian has one of the most active and interesting developer communities of any Linux distribution - it was this that originally drew me to the project.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    Think about what you'd like to contribute to Debian, and what you hope to gain from your involvement. On a more practical level, help fix bugs, take over orphaned packages, check the WNPP (Work-Needing and Prospective Packages) regularly, and do read the Debian mailing lists - they're all a great way to learn more about the Debian community and ethos.

    Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which one(s)?

    I'm part of the Women@CL project, a Cambridge-based initiative that provides local, national and international activities for women engaged in computing research and academic leadership. I'm also a member of CISters, an informal group of graduate women in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Computer and Information Science.

    A bit more about Hanna...

    I got my BA from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, after transferring into the Computer Science Tripos from Engineering during my second year. Since then, I've completed an MSc at the University of Edinburgh, where I specialised in neural computing and learning from data, and have started a PhD in Cambridge's Inference Group. When not working on my PhD, I spend an inordinate amount of time drinking coffee, playing with computers, contributing to the Debian project, and updating my blog.

    Helen Faulkner

    mailto:hanna (at) join-the-dots (dot) org Email: helenmlfaulkner (at) debian (dot) org

    How long have you been using Debian?

    Since about 2000. I'm not exactly sure - it seems like a long time ago. My housemate foisted Debian on me for his own amusement, and it grew from there...

    Are you a Debian developer?

    Yes.

    What areas of Debian are you involved with?

    • I'm packaging several useful and/or funny KDE panel applets as well as a little thing I wrote myself (kdoomsday) and labplot (a great scientific plotter). I may take on a couple of others soon.
    • I'm active on the Debian Women mailing list. I'm interested in seeing Debian become a community that is more varied and more accessible to groups that are currently under-represented.

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    Mainly I'm really interested in how it all works. I enjoy learning how to package things, how the system is put together, etc. And I like volunteer work.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    Just do it. It's not as scary as you might think. Get into the Debian Women mailing list and ask people, read the information on the website, join us on IRC. There are a lot of friendly and helpful people about.

    Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which one(s)?

    Nope.

    A bit more about Helen...

    I'm a physicist with an interest in technology and programming. When I'm not being those things I'm into music, sailing, dogs and whatever takes my interest at the time. I've done volunteer stuff in all of those areas and others. In my experience you get back more than you put in, if you are prepared to take time to help other people out in a way that you enjoy.

    I like the ideals of the free/open-source software movement, not to mention the excellent software you get to use! I would like to see more women involved in that world, and Debian specifically, because I know women have a lot to contribute.

    Margarita Manterola

    mailto:helen_ml_faulkner (at) debian (dot) org Website: http://www.marga.com.ar/blog
    Email: marga (at) debian (dot) org

    How long have you been using Debian?

    I started using Debian around 2000. At first I was just a simple user, but with time I grew more involved, first reporting bugs, then submitting patches, and by 2004 I started maintaining packages.

    Are you a Debian developer?

    Yes. I became a Debian Developer on November 13th, 2005.

    What areas of Debian are you involved with?

    I maintain some packages but not too many, I particularly enjoy doing QA: I've done quite a lot of NMUs to fix RC bugs in packages that were not fit for a release.
    Also, I've been very actively involved in the organization of several DebConfs, particularly for DebConf8, which took place in my country, Argentina.

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    The free software philosophy. I liked that it was developed by a community instead of a company, and that my contributions could be accepted if they were worth.

    Also, the magic of apt-get and the immense repository. I usually have this perception that if something is not in Debian, it's not worth using it.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    Look at the list of bugs and try to find the fix for one. There are lots of easy ones.

    Meike Reichle

    Meike Reichle Website: http://www.alphascorpii.net/
    Email: meike@debian.org

    How long have you been using Debian?

    I started collecting first linux experiences somewhen in the mid to late 90s, when a friend of mine put linux on his machine and showed me what it could do. I was quite fascinated but couldn't try it out myself since I didn't have a computer of my own (Computers used to be classical boys toys at that time.) and fiddling with the family 486 was a total no-go. When I started studying at the university in 2001 I finally bought the first computer of my own. Working on the University's Unix terminals quickly got me hooked on *nixes. From 2001 to 2004 I on and off tried several different distrubutions (Mandrake, RedHat, Gentoo, even Solaris x86), but none of them fully convinced me. In 2004 I finally switched to Debian and have never looked back since then.

    Are you a Debian developer?

    Yes, since 2008.

    What areas of Debian are you involved with?

    I maintain packages and am one of currently three delegated Debian Press Officers. Besides my press work I do a lot of travelling to represent Debian at all kinds of Linux and Free Software events, usually by staffing/organising Debian booths and giving talks on all things Debian and Free Software related. I am, by now, also somewhat of a debian-women veteran :)

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    I tried a few other Unix and Linux distributions before I finally ended up with Debian. After using it for some time I decided that I liked the project so much that I wanted to be a part of it. I started off by reading and writing on mailing lists and irc and then got more and more involved until I finally applied for a developer account myself.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    Don't be shy. Don't give up after the first failure, nor after the second or third. Debian and the people in it sometimes need some time to get acquainted with, but it's definitely worth it! I guess the best way to go is to find a niche that fits your interests and begin working there, getting more and more involved in the whole project as times goes on.

    Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which one(s)?

    I am subscribed to several mailing lists at technixen.net, a German platform for women in different areas of computing. Also I am a Cyber Mentor and have by now acquired something like a reputation for giving "Non-Dogmatic Women in IT Talks".

    A bit more about Meike ...

    I've got a Master's Degree (Magister) in Information Sciences and work as Project Manager at an embedded Linux company.

    In my spare time I like crafting and all sorts of DIY activities. I read a lot (mostly SF), like to listen to music (mostly ska, punk and blues), love to travel and always enjoy meeting fellow Debianists at the places I travel to.

    Miriam Ruiz

    http://www.cybermentor.de/ Email: little_miry@yahoo.es

    How long have you been using Debian?

    For some years now: I started using Potato. It has only become my main system for the last year and a half or so, anyway.

    Are you a Debian developer?

    No, not yet, but I maintain some packages for Debian. I'd like to enter NM process as soon as I can.

    What areas of Debian are you involved in?

    Mainly packaging, writing some documentation and translating a few things. I'm also quite involved in teaching other people how to package things for Debian and trying to get more girls into the Free Software World.

    What got you interested in working with Debian?

    It's not the first time I have given a bit of my time to a Free Software Project, but I've never been as involved in one as I am in Debian. What I value the most is the freeness of the project as well as the community around it. I think that the most important part of Debian is its social side, both in its development and in its goals.

    Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

    First of all, enjoy what you do, or do things you enjoy. Second, don't let anyone scare you, Debian is a big community in which most of the people are very nice and kind, even though there might be some trolls around sometime. You'll have to learn a lot and go through a bunch of documents, so be patient, Rome wasn't built in a day. If you ever have doubts, just ask. Finally, if your English is not so good, try to improve it as much as you can. At the moment English is the main language in which Debian is developed.

    Are you involved with any other women in technology group? Which one(s)?

    Yes, I've joined some other groups like LinuxChix, Systers or ChicasLinux, and I'm very involved in a new group we're creating called Alixa.

    A bit more about Miriam...

    I'm a Spanish girl who's always, since I was very little, has been interested in computers and technology. I also like reading a lot, my favourite books are "Momo" by Michael Ende (yes, the author of "The Neverending Story") and "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Apart from that I like a lot being with my friends, travelling and learning things.