The Ubuntu Women Project celebrated InternationalWomensDay in 2010 by conducting a contest to select favorite stories from how women in the Ubuntu community discovered Ubuntu.

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The stories were all inspirational and exciting, but a few were selected to receive "Ubuntu goodie bags" as well as having an honorable mention:

Most of the winners were announced on At Home With Jono Bacon during a special International Women's Day broadcast, the video can be viewed here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5288115. The random drawing winner was announced on Jono's Q&A broadcast on March 10th: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5337809.

All the stories are as follows:

Elvira Martinez "tatica1"

Today my Honduran team mate Diego Turcios shared with me this link to Amber’s blog that excited me to finally write about how I met Ubuntu. I wanted to share this a while ago but I feel motivated about doing it through Ubuntu-women and not just for the sole interest in participating in the contest. I think it will be very interesting to hear how other women became interested in Ubuntu and others may be interested in my experience, specially considering that I am not the “computer girl” precisely.

After nearly 20 years after my high school graduation in Colombia Lycée Français Paul Valery, I found again one of my classmates through Facebook (I guess) Fabian Rodriguez known as MagicFab who after asking him what he was doing today, he mentioned Ubuntu as part of his activities. And I say activities, because Ubuntu is much more than an operating system.

I’ve always liked the world of computer science and unfortunately that was not what I studied, but I learned on my own how to manage, fix, clean my home machines. I could say that the world of computers is my passion and when Fabian told me about this, I knew it was no fluke.

I remember the first thing I said was: Ubuntu what?? How do you eat that?? And then after a brief speach about it and some information he sent to me to read on the subject, dropped his usual phrase, “If you want to install it, I can help you do it now”. Well, two days later, I was harrassing Fabian to help me install Ubuntu after a bunch of questions I had.

Some of my concerns were:

1. If I would be able to use MSN and Skype with camera and audio included.

2. My biggest question was if I could run iTunes on the computer (tool my daughters and my husband use).

3. If Windows had to be removed to use Ubuntu.

4. If I’ll have Office, PowerPoint or Excel with Ubuntu also and if so, would be so easy to use as those.

5. If I was going to be able to install Ubuntu alone, long distance with Fabian’s instructions.

Well, the day I gave a YES myself to Ubuntu, began with a phone call from Fabian from Canada. After downloading into my own computer some files, we start by checking whether they were good and then install it. I remember Fabian told me, don’t install it yet first test it. Then after his explanations that I could partition the computer and leave Windows intact but also have Ubuntu too I said “Let’s do it and install it now”. And so it was, on the phone, with his help, that I installed for the first time in one of my computers Hardy 8.04 and some months later in another Ubuntu 8.10.

When he finally said, “Take a last click and you’re done, finished,” I could not believe it!! First, I had allowed to risk to install another operating system on my computer and two, that I had done through instructions by telephone. That meant that it could be do so easily! That’s how my story began with Ubuntu in June 2008 : D

Months later I bought an Acer Aspire One that came with Linpus and my next challenge was to install Ubuntu on it. It was a laptop (and not a desktop) and needed a version for netbooks so I tried first to fight with LPIA platform with which I ended up frustrated because after installing it did not work and gave me error. Then it was new to me to download an ISO file to my laptop and also install it throught a USB. I think it was two weeks without my computer, sweating and suffering, but with some help of several friends of the Honduran community I finally had Ubuntu on my Acer. I remember I installed 8.10 version which gave me enough slow problems on my laptop, but when I upgraded to 9.10, I was sooo happy;)

From Ubuntu, I further research, looking and learning how to move in the Ubuntu world. As part of that and then again by MagicFab’s suggestions I learned how to participate via IRC in different communities, to tell my experiences with applications in Ubuntu, I dared to start my own blog for the first time telling my experience with the Ubuntu Desktop Course (elearning), learned to use my blog as a tool through which I can inform others about Ubuntu, participating in lists of the communities I belong and learned how to handle wiki, blueprint and documentation pages to share information to others.

Today I am part of the community and am in several team where I hope to be able to support as I learn from everyone’s experiences too. I am a member in the communities of Ubuntu Honduras, Colombia, Women, Guatemala and El Salvador. Almost daily I am present in IRC channels of Honduras, Colombia and Women getting feedback and contributing wherever I can. I still can not work actively participate in all these media but try to do when I feel more confident about the subject. English is my third language, so I am kind of shy in the ubuntu-women channel.

Today I know that there is Free Software and Ubuntu exists there with all its benefits over other systems. I also know that although I did not study computers, I can handle and learn thousands of things about it and help knowing others that will benefit too.

Today I belong and work hand by hand with others in the Honduras Ubuntu community, promoting Ubuntu in the country, mostly in San Pedro Sula where I currently reside. With the support Fabian gave me, I revived the group that was practically abandoned and we are trying again today to show people of Honduras that Ubuntu is the best choice when it comes to choosing an operating system. Every day I try to learn more and see how I can support other Ubuntu users here and elsewhere. I am very excited to be part of this team and I love to learn and collaborate with this good cause;)

Since I started being part of this community, I had the opportunity to share with others from other distros like Fedora or Debian. There is little that I have experienced them, but for now I’m only interested in Ubuntu.

My name is Elvira Martinez or tatica1 as I I’m known in the community and my main challenge is to convince my daughters and my husband that Ubuntu is the best choice when we talk about operating systems.

Karen Y. Perez

When I was a little girl i saw my dad studying computer science to eventually working on projects. Like most little girls I admire my dad more than anyone in the world and I always tried to be just like him. I read many books like him, I begged for my own laptop and fell in love with space. Since then my passion for science, math and technology developed. There were moments where I loved chemistry more than physics and times where math was better than astronomy. But, my passion for computers never faded once. Each year I pleaded my dad to teach me how to program because his code was like a puzzle i need to understand. So, every so often he would teach me bits and pieces but only enough to keep my curiosity afloat and have me do my own research. One day I stumbled across one of my dad's Unix books in his library. I didn't really understand much at the time so I tried my very best to read it and eventually I did some research on-line. While doing my research I read about Linux and I saw what the open source revolution was all about. I taught myself as much as I could and I decided to convert my laptop to Linux for the first time in '09. Ubuntu has helped me with my studies in computer science and helped me stay open to new things of course including technologies. The last thing a geek needs is to not want to explore outside of the box. I guess you can say I'm a self pro-claimed fem-geek and I couldn't imagine life any other way. Although, I am no professional yet I do try to talk to other girls and show them how great of an experience using Linux Ubuntu is as well as many other great "geeky" technologies. I hope to one day show young girls that there is more to life than fashion. That you can be as "fashionable" as Barbie and yet be an astronaut.

Jen Phillips

Learning to Fly

Some years ago, I used to travel everywhere by bus. The company that ran it was called Microsoft, and I used the Number 3.1. It generally got me where I needed to be, but it took a bit of an odd route to get there, and it would often stop at seemingly random points. If I fancied a change, I could take my walkman, or a book. It wasn't the most comfortable ride, but it did ok, and I was used to it. After a while, the company decided to upgrade all their busses and change all the routes - and put the fares up. I went onto the Number 95, and everything looked nice and shiny, although I missed my stop a couple of times because I wasn't used to the route. After a while I realised that although the route didn't take the same detours, it took new ones, so I didn't really get where I was going any faster. The busses all seemed to get a bit dingy after a while, too. Still, I had my CD walkman, and it became familiar again.

Eventually, I took the plunge, and got a car. I loved the freedom - I could go where I wanted to go, when I wanted to go. I wasn't constrained by having to have the right money, and I didn't have to stop for the sake of everyone else. It was a SuSE, and it was mine and I loved it. Except, any time anything went wrong I had to ask for help. When the radio stopped working, I had to get someone else to fix it. If i couldn't find a particular stick or button, I had to get someone to show me where it was. It also wouldn't play any of my old CDs. In short, it was frustrating. I tried a couple of other cars, but they weren't any better. I took ages getting my Debian to even start, and somehow had a knack for stalling it before I got to the end of the street. Eventually, I gave up and went back to the bus - the XP route now had air conditioning and contoured seats, and I could cope with the delays (and occasional breakdowns) because it did tend to get me there in the end.

Then one day, something quite miraculous happened: someone gave me a pair of wings. In only a couple of lessons, I was flying! I no longer have to wait for the bus, and I don't need a mechanic to come and rescue me any more. If I want different music, I can just pick up a media player and set it going. If I want to dye my wings a different colour, that's easy too. I decide which route to take - I'm not even limited by roads any more. The best thing is that flying feels so natural - like walking only better. I call these wings "Ubuntu".

Lesley Harrison (Etali)

I've been using Ubuntu since the Gutsy release, but I've been using GNU/Linux off and on for a lot longer than that, and I've been interested in computers pretty much all my life, starting with the Spectrum and MSX when I was four years old.

Most of my early Linux distribution experiments failed due to the lack of drivers for my hardware - for example the dreaded WinModem. I still got to play with Linux at work, though, and after hopping from distro to distro over the years I ended up settling on Debian, which is the distribution that Ubuntu is based on.

When I went self employed, I needed an OS for my main server, and that's how I discovered Ubuntu - the VPS company offered just three choices, and Ubuntu was the one that was closest to what I was used to. I ran Gutsy on my server for a while. I was impressed with both the technical aspects of it (stability, performance), and the community aspect - there were lots of avenues for support, aimed at all levels of user.

I had to move my server to CentOS because of some problems with a specific software package on Ubuntu, but I continued to stay in touch with the Ubuntu community, and as the business grew I chose to install Ubuntu on other servers. I'm currently using it on a server for a Multiverse (The MMO engine, not the repository) game development project. The more I used Ubuntu, the more involved I got with the community.

I needed some things that weren't available in the repositories. Installing by hand is easy enough, but to save my own time, and the time of others in the future, I've decided to learn packaging. There's lots of advice on the Wiki, but I had a few specific questions. I logged in to IRC and found that the developers in #ubuntu-motu are very friendly and helpful. I also like to hang out in the bug triaging channel, #ubuntu-bugs, and a channel for people interested in encouraging women to get involved with the Ubuntu community, called #ubuntu-women.

Between IRC, the forums, various mailing lists, and the wiki, the amount of information and support out there for Ubuntu users, developers, and system administrators is amazing. The community is governed by a Code of Conduct, which means that the forums and mailing lists are "safe for work" - considering some of the suprises I've encountered in other communities, it's nice to know I can load up the support forums while in a client's office without having to worry about what kind of Demotivational Posters I'll find in a thread!

Cynthia S. Snider

An old windows gal was i
strongly resistant to change
a glance or two
he baited me
to the sights and wonders
of U-bun-tu

For me a machine he built
dual booted it did
just in case hyperventilation
overtook me!

Now i see
the worry free existence
he had assured me
is mine too
in U-bun-tu!

"jungehexe"

There was no special story about getting to Ubuntu. A usual business informatics student in a small German university I was used to use Microsoft products. The first half stage on the move to Ubuntu came up when the MS Word refused to work properly on my old machine. I switched to Open Office. I liked the idea that, hey, it works and I don't have to pay for it.

Than after some time it came to the stage that Windows in general failed to work proper on the machine. As a poor student you look for diverse solutions. I came up with Kubuntu, as it's GUI was most similar to the environment i was used to. As for system it was clear that I have to begin at the very basics.

But the KDE 4.0 was such a disaster, that I moved to Gnome, because it was basically already more or less familiar system and just another GUI. After some experience I found that Gnome was more fun as KDE. So I stayed.

Seeing the way the Gnome develops, I already began to think of moving to something like Xmonad.. We'll see, it's not decided yet, I just don't like how fat the Gnome is now.

The most funny part with my Ubuntu stories actually is not the switching to it, but getting a boyfriend with the help of it ;). I had Feisty there and I've managed to buy a new printer, namely Brother AIO. It was not really good supported at that moment but I even succeeded in getting it to work till the Jaunty came. I failed to fix it after update, there were something with the rights to use the usb-ports and it was all too complicated for me at that point.

My current boyfriend I knew through my work, where he was telling a hell of stories about Linux and Ubuntu. So I asked him for help. And NO, it was not a story of he coming by and fixing it and a great sex afterwards. It was something of the following in an ICQ:

- OK, have u any idea of ssh-tunneling?
- Nope
- OK, do the following in you terminal...

ICQ, Skype, ssh-tunnels, than the problem was fixed and we chatted till the early morning.. and than chatted the next night and so on..

Since than I've got a couple of my friends to Ubuntu. And now even practice my "distance administration" skills on some of them...

As for him, he says that he was impressed that I already had Linux BEFORE we met.

PS: A propos, after helping one girl to fix the problem with her Fedora, I've just felt how much more friendly is Ubuntu to the not very experienced in system administration people as me. But that's another story.

Christine

well, not the very spectacular kind of story of finding to ubuntu... ;)
was just using suse and debian linux now and then beside windows, because of my studies and because i saw it by friends. 
and ca 2 to 3 years ago saw ubuntu at a friends computer, tried a little, fell in love and use it since as main OS.
bought my mom a laptop and installed it with ubuntu for her, so another woman is using it ;)

Erica Myers

Never fear, Ubuntu is here!

I discovered Ubuntu during a weeklong war with a virus-infected computer. My husband's laptop computer contracted it's virus after we allowed our neighbors to connect their laptop to our wireless router. (We were just trying to be nice and figured there was no reason they should have to purchase their own internet service when we all live in the same building.) Lesson learned. I'm still a proponent of free internet access for the average household -- especially ones with children.

I spent about a week diagnosing and treating my infected computer, but needed a better solution for the future. I did NOT want to repeat this experience! Adding to my frustration, I kept thinking that if my husband were using a Macintosh computer like me, I wouldn't be worrying about whether our personal information had been compromised or when I last logged on to our bank accounts. I was able to recover all my data, so the plan was to completely wipe the hard drive -- even write zeroes to it -- and start over with a freshly-installed and virus-free operating system. Simple, right? Sigh.

As it turns out, we purchased this laptop with Windows XP pre-installed about 5 years ago. I found the manufacturer's recovery (OS) disk, but couldn't use it because my hardware (the laptop) was newer than the recovery disk's version of Windows XP. Some of the drivers for my laptop's components were missing from the disk. Important drivers, like the one for the hard drive! I dug out another Windows XP disk -- a retail version -- and had the same issue! I was ready to toss the laptop and force my husband to convert to a Mac, but couldn't bear the thought of wasting a perfectly good computer just because WINDOWS wouldn't cooperate.

Options? Well, I could purchase yet another copy of Windows -- this time Windows 7, and all my problems would be solved. Well, until the next virus. And there will always be another virus. It's just a matter of time. I also felt that I had given enough of my hard-earned cash to Microsoft over the years.

And just then, it hit me. I remembered reading about having a Linux LiveCD handy for data recovery when facing a virus. I remembered Linux to be an operating system for the super-techie people who could get their computers to work with a command line. I do fancy myself a bit of a techie, but I was sure Linux was out of my league. Nevertheless, I Googled it and found Ubuntu.

The Ubuntu website instantly caught my attention. It didn't look cold and complex like I expected. It was promoting Ubuntu 9.10 and the screenshot graphics looked sophisticated, but friendly. As I began to read the Ubuntu promise and the philosophy behind open-source software, I was hooked! If I could learn how to use Ubuntu, I could teach my husband and viruses would be something other people had to worry about. The only problem was that one of the programs that my husband used for work required Windows. If there was no Mac version, surely there would not be a Linux version. But maybe we'd find something similar that would run on Linux. I didn't want to give one more penny to Microsoft, so we took the plunge into the world of Ubuntu!

Today, my husband is happily running Ubuntu on his laptop and telling all of our family members to get it. He's even bragging to me, a longtime Mac fanatic. I am continually amazed at the amount of help and support available for Ubuntu newbies. Even more amazing -- to me, at least -- is that I've been able to find Linux versions or simple workarounds for every piece of software that we previously thought we needed Windows for -- even that one favorite program. I'm sooooo jealous! But don't tell him ... or my Mac!

Caterina Brigandi

My name is Caterina, I'm 23 years old and I'm a student of computer science at university.
The first time I saw a Linux distribution was in high school. But I discovered and used Ubuntu the first year of university. 
Since I was very curious to try it, I installed it because I needed for some college courses. 
Since I installed Ubuntu (in 2006) I have not stopped using it, leaving Windows (which now only use in VirtualBox, for some special needs).
So now are 4 years that I use Ubuntu every day, and I'm happy. I have it on my laptop, and also in the desktop that uses my dad. Then my sister now uses it in her netbook. Well, Ubuntu has impressed everyone in my house :)
Since using Ubuntu I also appreciated more and more the world of open source in general.

What else to say.. I'm glad to have discovered Ubuntu, I would like to know before.. but as they say.. better late than never :)

Olga Liberchuk

I am a student in the University of Victoria in British Columbia. One day I decided to go to the university library to work on my History project. I could not find material for my research project for a long time, and as a result I stayed in the library for over four hours. Of course, one has to go to the bathroom and so I did- on that long and dreary day. In one of the stalls, right next to “Susan is a bitch,” there was a rather interesting message that said “Ubuntu- the best things in life are free.” When I went back to my desk, I was looking for any reason to procrastinate and I decided to look up what “ubuntu” meant. I attributed the word to a newly discovered egalitarian society somewhere in the middle east. Or, I though to myself, it might be a spiritual word, something like Karma, Dharma or Sangha. When google came back with almost 50,000 results, I clicked on the first one, the one that led me to the official ubuntu website. I was surprised to read that there exists an alternative operating system to Windows. I was way off. I got lost in words like “open source,” “Canonical,” and “core applications.” I took a mental note that “ubuntu” is “something to do with technology, computers and 'not Windows'” By the time I came home, “ubuntu” was filed away far back in my mind; it was the least of my worries.

After a few months, I was looking for a baby laptop that I could easily bring to my lectures, one that would fit hassle free in any of my colour chosen bags. At the time, Dell came out with their small laptops that had an option with the kind of an operating system it came with, and one of the choices was with “ubuntu.” A word that, thanks to the bathroom stall, I vaguely knew what it meant. I decided to buy that laptop since it was in my price range. I liked Dell, and apparently I was now supporting an 'open source' (which I had no idea what it meant, but as it said on the ubuntu website, it was something free and something that was 'open' to everybody that I was able to use). Since I got my baby Dell laptop, I could not be happier. I looked up what big words such as open source, core applications, alternative operating system, and Canonical meant. Now when I bring up those words in a conversation it makes me look smart and I love seeing boys scratch their heads when they realize that some girls also like gadgets, and technology. Since I started using ubuntu, I also installed it on my PC because I am happy with the 'unblocked,' fast, virus free operation system. I would like to take this moment and thank ubuntu, because indeed, “the best things in life are free.”

Simona Šiūšytė

How a girl met Ubuntu 5.04

It all started in the year 2005. I was still using my first grumpy computer and was actually quite happy about it. The thing was that I really enjoyed trying new things in Windows and was excited by new programs, new versions of them and even new skins. Well, but how did I get to try a new OS?

Shortly said, I met a guy. First we spoke on-line which led to the evening when he reinstalled my Windows and lost all my data by accident. We got along pretty well after that. One other day he found some mysterious OS, which was so easy to get and not that difficult to use either. Since I was not that attached to my poor amount of new data so much, I let him install it. What a joy that was! Not that there were a lot of new things to explore, but that everything was free. Without any sense of stealing I was just downloading lots of programs and trying new ways of dealing with documents, photos, movies music files, etc.

Nowadays, after having to make several breaks from Ubuntu while changing computers, I still enjoy the chance to be updated with new features so often. Every minor version update is like a new pair of shoes or 3 bars of chocolate for me: addictive it may be, but at least provided sincerely by the community for your own comfort. Thank you for that!

Rosica Stoianovsca / Росица Стояновска

Six months ago, after a long search for a stable, flexible and complete Linux distribution my husband found Ubuntu, and finally we have what we need. Easily reject Windows, because whenever had to handle it I feel stress and frustration and inconvenience to work with him. Ubuntu gives me everything I need and I no longer use another operating system.
Very glad that you organize this campaign, not for reward, but rather to have the opportunity to express their views on Ubuntu. I which watched with disbelief on the computers already gladly sit at the computer and this gives me an incentive for further progress. I am a student of theology at the National University, now with Ubuntu I can show a whole new world of their colleagues, to impress my educators with professional and understandable presentations and in the evening to get in touch with my distant family.
Ubuntu is available and fully developed Linux distribution, as if handled it is a real satisfaction and I am completely happy that you have.
Thank you and best wishes to the entire team to further successes and new ventures.

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Преди шест месеца, след дълго търсене на стабилна, гъвкава и пълноценна Linux дистрибуция съпругът ми откри Ubuntu и най-сетне имахме това което ни трябва. С лекота отхвърлих Windows, защото винаги, когато се е налагало да боравя с него чувствам напрежение и не удовлетворение, както и неудобството да работя с него. Ubuntu ми дава всичко от което се нуждая и вече не използвам друга операционна система.
Много се радвам, че вие организирахте тази кампания, не заради наградата, а за това, че имам възможност да изразя своето мнение за Ubuntu. Аз, която гледах с недоверие на компютрите вече с удоволствие сядам пред компютъра и това ми дава стимул за по-нататъшно развитие. Аз съм студентка по богословие в националния университет, сега чрез Ubuntu мога да покажа един нов свят на своите колеги, да впечатля преподавателите с професионални и понятни презентации, а вечер да се свържа с далечното си семейството.
Ubuntu е достъпна и напълно разработена Linux дистрибуция, като да боравиш с нея е истинско удовлетворение и напълно съм щастлива, че ви има.
Благодаря на вас и целия екип с пожелание за по нататъшни успехи и нови начинания.

Rachel Bicha

I discovered Ubuntu because my husband got interested in Linux. He introduced me to it. At first I wanted no part of it because I was quite happy with Windows and didn't want to learn anything new. It took me some time to wrap my mind around the fact that there could even be more than one operating system. Plus I used Windows at work and thought if I used something different it would just confuse me. But finally I agreed to try it. At first I didn't like it because it wasn't like Windows. He tried to set it up for me to be as close to Windows as possible, but I still didn't like it. For a long time I wouldn't use it, but then finally I gave in again. The reason was because I was trying to use Windows 7, and I didn't like the way it organized saved files. I couldn't get it to do what I wanted it to do. I explained what I wanted to my husband, and he told me I could do what I wanted on Linux. So I let him put Ubuntu on my computer, and he showed me how to save files and organize the folders. He was right--it was way better! I had more control and could organize folders in ways that made sense to me. After this I let him show me how to use the operating system. I discovered the second workspace feature. It was great! It is ironic that I find it so useful, because when my husband initially showed it to me I thought it was stupid. If not for my husband I probably would have never even heard of Ubuntu. Even if I had, I wouldn't have used it. I'm not one to try new technology unless people I know are already using it and can help me with it. With my husband I have "tech support" right in my house. That has made a big difference in my feeling comfortable with using Ubuntu.

Fernanda Morales

I left a typical university career design, leading to custodial know just tools, the usual. Whenever I heard about Linux, I imagined a black screen with code, with no "window" for a designer hand metiera. A year after graduating went to work in a free software company and the first thing asked in the interview was "using Linux?". Respodí I only had heard something, but could learn. 

My first hit was made icons in gimp. I acknowledge it cost me quite effectively transplanted the chip. After so much time using the same herrmaientas and the same interfaces, the change happened very quickly. The first thing that "trans" was the code editor, in fact I adore quanta, fits me too. Then came my total commitment to gimp, it occupies almost everything. So much so that now I have taught some workshops at different events, the latest being the meeting of Talca Linux, while helping to increasingly more people in my area know the benefits of free tools and not a change as "traumatic" .

If it had not reached that sticks, I think things would have been somewhat different. From there I have been involved enough in the whole issue of free software, along with Alvaro Barahona am in charge of marketing for the community group ubuntu-cl. Until now I am the only woman in the active members of the community, a curious thing because every time there is an event "strangely" the booth where girls are more filling than others. What happened in my first event: the Flisol 2009. All approached the booth where they were knowledgeable about six and I and everyone I came to ask my jajaja. It came just integrated into the community without knowing practically nothing, but it was funny. Arguably parti almost as promoter and then evolved into an integral jajaja.

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Salí de una universidad típica de la carrera de diseño, lo que conlleva a saber sólo herramientas privativas, las de siempre. Cada vez que escuchaba hablar de Linux, me imaginaba una pantalla negra con código, sin ninguna “ventanita” para que una diseñadora metiera mano. Al año de egresar entré a trabajar en una empresa de software libre y lo primero que preguntaron en la entrevista fue ”¿usas Linux?”. Yo sólo respodí que había escuchado algo, pero podía aprender.

Mi primera pega fue hacer iconos en gimp. Debo reconocerlo: me costo bastante “transplantarme” el chip. Después de tanto tiempo usando las mismas herrmaientas y las misma interfaces, el cambio no se dio muy rápido. Lo primero que “transé” fue el editor de código, de hecho adoro quanta, me acomoda demasiado. Luego vino mi total entrega a gimp, lo ocupo practicamente para todo. Tanto así que actualmente he impartido algunos talleres en distintos eventos, el último fue el encuentro Linux de Talca, además de ayudar para que cada vez más más personas de mi área conozcan las bondades de las herramientas libres y no sea un cambio tan “traumático”.

Si no hubiese llegado a esa pega, creo que las cosas habrían sido algo distintas. Desde ahí que me he involucrado bastante en todo el tema del software libre, junto a Álvaro Barahona estoy a cargo del grupo marketing de la comunidad ubuntu-cl. Hasta le momento soy la única mujer dentro de los miembros activos de la comunidad, cosa bien curiosa ya que cada vez que hay un evento “extrañamente” los stand donde hay niñas se llenan más que los otros. Fué lo que paso en mi primer evento: la Flisol del año 2009. Todos se acercaban al stand donde eran unos seis entendidos y yo, y todos me llegaban a preguntar a mi jajaja. Venía recién integrandome a la comunidad sin saber prácticamente nada, pero fue chistoso. Podría decirse que parti casi como
promotora y despues evolucioné hasta integrante jajaja.

Wendy Bienvenu

I discovered Ubuntu through my dad, he worked with computers for 25 years. 
We have a whole computer room now.
We find computers at the dump for free, strip them and do cool stuff.
Some of the computers have dual operating systems. We are both lefty geeks.

Record of votes: There were 70 voters registered and 55 vote sets were validated by email tokens.

Story author

Votes

Elvira Martinez "tatica1"

28

Karen Y. Perez

22

Caterina Brigandi

19

Olga Liberchuk

18

Jen Phillips

17

Erica Myers

16

"jungehexe"

15

Fernanda Morales

12

Lesley Harrison (Etali)

10

Rosica Stoianovsca / Росица Стояновска

9

Simona Šiūšytė

8

Wendy Bienvenu

7

Cynthia S. Snider

4

Christine Fraunhofer

2




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