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ZDNET: She-geeks confess love for Linux

Sep 16, 1999, 14:17 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)

"The first few minutes of the Linux meeting, held in a small room behind a coffee house, were awkward."

"After all, these geeks weren't used to being surrounded by so many women. In fact, most of them worked in settings almost completely dominated by men. A few settled into a dingy couch that looked as if it had been white at one time, others crouched in any space they could find on the floor. Some sat up in stiff plastic chairs pulled together in a semicircle. Then, without fanfare, the inaugural meeting of the Bay Area chapter of LinuxChix commenced -- and a dozen she-geeks confessed their love for Linux..."

"LinuxChix is the brainchild of Deb Richardson, a technical writer and Webmaster at The Puffin Group, an open source consulting firm. The group, which started as a mailing list last spring, has gradually evolved into eight chapters that meet face-to-face in locales that range from San Francisco to Dublin, Ireland, to Melbourne, Australia.

"I knew there were other women out there who use Linux, but they're really hard to find," Richardson said, speaking to ZDNN via telephone from her office in Canada. "This was a way to get them together."

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