This past week, articles about women and open source have just been pouring out all over the Web and the press – especially in France. What’s going on, are things finally starting to change?!
Here are just some noticeable examples of what has appeared these past few days:
Not only does this mean that free software is finally considered as something that can interest women in general, but it also shows that it is coming to a more general public. I really like the fact that this information is now available to all, and considered as something important to know about.
Tristan Nitot is even interviewed in this article, and explains how free software works, and how it is different from proprietary software. Hurrah for Tristan and for showing all women how much Mozilla and FLOSS rock!
“Free software is making progress. Here is yet another example: it is featured on an entire page of today’s number 1,304 of… magazine!” (“Le logiciel libre avance. Preuve supplémentaire, il a droit aujourd’hui
à une pleine page dans le numéro 1 304 du magazine… Femme Actuelle !”)
In his article, Thierry notes how very few women are involved in free software, especially compared to proprietary software. But he also states that women have started to react. For example, several FLOSS women – Deborah Nicholson from the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Stormy Peters from the GNOME Foundation, and Hillary Rettig, Free Software activist – have recently organized a ” mini-summit “ around the women in free software issue, on September 19th.
The list of all her articles can be found here.
So it’s been a busy week for women in open source, and that’s exactly what we want it to be like more often.