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Breaking down geek stereotypes in open source

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I nominate open source particularly because even by tech industry standards, this is the hardcore stuff. When I tell other IT people I work for a Linux company even they sometimes get the haunted look of somebody about to be bombarded with a bunch of stuff they don't know or care about. I really like it though. I like the passion people have. I like that innovation and progress are the big markers of success, and that good ideas are going to naturally work their way to the top. This sort of natural selection shouldn't be limited by who can produce some geek cred. I know it's worn like a badge of pride, but it shouldn't devalue other social structures, especially feminine social structures, in the process.

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Heard of the GNOME Outreach Program for Women? Learn more today.

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Marie Nordin is one of the OPW interns for the Fedora Project. She is the visual designer currently in charge of badge design for Fedora Badges, an open badges based web application that helps to encourage contributors in the Fedora community by awarding them with badges for their efforts. (For example, Marie is the proud recipient of the "Pixel Ninja" badge for her work on the Fedora Design team.) I interviewed Marie, and she shared how she came to open source, what open source projects she's currently involved with, and her advice for other young women interested in getting involved.

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OpenDaylight Developer Spotlight: Hugo Trippaers

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OpenDaylight is an open source project and open to all. Developers can contribute at the individual level just like any other open source project. This blog series highlights the people who are collaborating to create the future of Software Defined-Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

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Richard Stallman on How He Started GNU

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Dr. Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation’s founder, talks about the dawn of days in the GNU project

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My Nerd Life: Too Loud, Too Funny, Too Smart, Too Fat

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If there is only one message you take away from reading this, let it be this: Linux and FOSS do not need more glamorous elite uber-rockstar coders. We need more ordinary, dedicated individuals from all walks of life contributing however they can. Just plain ordinary people with whatever they have to offer.

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World Domination Versus Freedom

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Dr. Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation’s founder, explains the perception that popularity alone — not level of freedom — counts when it comes to free/libre software

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Richard Stallman talk on Free Digital Society in Tvm on Jan 16

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To commemorate the occasion of GNU completing 30 years and SPACE 10 years, the free software community in Thiruvananthapuram is also organising an exhibition on free software and free knowledge on Education Freedom Day, which falls on January 18 at the Museum. The exhibition will focus on free software and free hardware for education and privacy protection. Various free software projects like Fedora, WoMoz, and HackerSpace will be part of the exhibition.

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Happy GNU Year: Richard Stallman Talks About His First GNU Programs

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Dr. Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation’s founder, explains how GNU programs were developed and released in the early eighties

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Creating GNU on UNIX

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Dr. Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation’s founder, explains how the GNU project started

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