Who Are LinuxChix
LinuxChix is an international community for women who like Linux and for supporting women in computing. The membership ranges from novices to experienced users, and includes professional and amateur programmers, system administrators and technical writers.
LinuxChix is a community for women and for anyone who wants to support women in computing. We are an international group of Free Software users and developers, founded in 1999 with the aim of “supporting women in Linux.” Founder Deb Richardson described it as an alternative to the “locker room atmosphere” found in some online technical forums and gave LinuxChix two core rules: “be polite” and “be helpful”. LinuxChix is now many things to many people, but it remains primarily a group for supporting women in computing, specifically in Open Source/Free Software/Software Libre computing.
Deb Richardson started LinuxChix because she was tired of seeing new users being browbeaten for asking “stupid” questions. She was tired of seeing people respond to perfectly valid questions with “RTFM”, or “we’re not a Linux help channel”, and other such not-terribly-useful things. She wanted to attempt to create a more hospitable community in which people can discuss Linux, a community that encourages participation, that doesn’t allow the quieter among us to be drowned out by the vocal minority.
The international community of LinuxChix has been continually active for over nine years and its forums have attracted over one thousand members worldwide. In addition, it has over fifteen active regional chapters. The Los Angeles Chapter of LinuxChix was established in 2002.