Being part of a free software community

Hi all! My name is Victoria Martínez de la Cruz and I’ve been selected for the Outreach Program for Women 2013 internships organized by GNOME and other FOSS projects.

The main goal of this first post is to introduce myself and let you know, briefly, what are you going to find in this blog.

About me

Well, as I told you, my name is Victoria, I’m 23 years old and currently I’m living in Bahía Blanca, Argentina.

I am a student of Bachelor of Computer Science at Universidad Nacional del Sur and in my free time I love to catch up with the latest tech news, writing in – blog shared with Germán, my bf :) – and, if we have a good weather, walk and enjoy outdoors.

Universidad Nacional del Sur

I’ve been enthusiast of free software from long ago and with time I’ve been learning and getting more involved with this incredible philosophy.

This interest for FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) projects has been increased even more with the opportunity given by GNOME folks, the Outreach Program for Women 2013

Thanks to them now I’m not only a fan and occasional contributor, but I’m really happy to say that I’m part of a free software community.

The blog

The main purpose of this blog is to keep you updated with my experiences and the accomplishment of my work during the internship.

On the other hand, I’ll be publishing some guides so you can, if you want to, involve too, and a lot of interesting information about free software and cloud computing.

¿Why cloud computing? Well, that’s what remains to tell.

Outreach Program for Women 2013

This round of the Outreach Program for Women was supported by GNOME, OpenStack, JBoss, Deltacloud, Fedora, Mozilla, Open Technology Institute, OpenITP, Wikimedia y Tor, all free software organizations.

Part of the application process involved picking one or more organizations of interest and making one little contribution to a chosen project, with the guidance and support of an assigned mentor.

For my application, I chose GNOME and OpenStack.

OPW Logo

At the beginning, I picked GNOME because it is my desktop environment of choice since always. GNOME has been part of my learning and I was really attracted to work and be part of its great developers community.

But, on the other hand, I’ve always been captivated by networking stuff, and the idea of working on a cloud computing project seemed tempting and challenging.

Even though I didn’t have much knowledge on the area, with the help of Julie – my mentor -, Anne – OPW OpenStack coordinator -, Anita and Lau – also applicants for OpenStack – I could made my contribution and postulate for OpenStack too.


OpenStack is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) cloud computing project. Broadly, this software provides tools for creating and offering cloud computing services that executes over standard hardware.


More details about OpenStack, its installation, the various components that make it up, and a lot more, will be part of my next posts.

Coming next…

Besides technical issues as I mentioned, I’ll also tell you about my contributions – for GNOME and for OpenStack -, and what I’ve learned during the application process for the internship.

Although its a personal experience, it surely can be helpful for finding how this communities work and check how to start contributing and being part of them.

And, if you want to know about something in particular, don’t hesitate in letting me know.

Thanks for reading :)


Comments (2)

  1. Congrats on your internship! Do you have a twitter/IRC? I’m fairly new with GNOME too, and would like to hear someone else’s experiences.

    • Hi Hashem!

      You can reach me on #opw at, my nickname is vkmc

      It would be a pleasure to learn by your side and exchange some experiences!

      And there are also a lot of cool people that would love to help you too :)

      Thx for leaving your comment!

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