Fernanda G. Weiden

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Fernanda G. Weiden at Latinoware 2008, Fórum do Gnome. Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil

Fernanda "nanda" Giroleti Weiden is a system administrator and a former council member of Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA), and she was a participant in Debian Women. She is an organizer of the Fórum Internacional Software Livre (FISL) and one of the founders of Projeto Software Livre Mulheres (Women in Free Software Project) in Brazil. She was elected the vice president of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) in June 2009.

Weiden, of German and Italian ancestry, was raised in Porto Alegre, Brasil. She was a former employee for Google in Zurich, Switzerland. She joined Facebook in June, 2011, and has relocated to San Francisco;[1] she worked as production engineering director.[2] Being an emigrant, she has advocated for this group to participate in the emigration politics of her homeland.[3][4]

She is an example of cyberfeminism, along with developers such as Alice Wu and Yuwei Lin.[5] In June 2003, Fernanda Weiden and Loimar Vianna founded Projeto Software Livre Mulheres.[6][7]

Weiden was a sponsored Debian contributor;[8][9] she was a member of Debian Women and participated until 2011.[10][11] In 2004, she started a thread complaining about the prospective package hot-babe, which featured drawings of a girl undressing;[12][13] the package was rejected in 2005.[14]

On 16 September 2006, she participated in two panels at Wizards of OS 4 in Berlin; Weiden was one of the speakers in The Future of Free Software, together with Atul Chitnis and Federico Heinz.[15][16] The previous day, Larry Sanger announced Citizendium;[17] later that day, English Wikipedia editor Tobias Conradi started an article about Fernanda G. Weiden.[18][19] She was interviewed about the open source situation in Latin America.[20]

In FISL 6, she caused a good impression to David A. Wheeler,[21] and was interviewed because of her following lecture in LinuxTag.[22] In FISL 12, Weiden managed a course for women about system administration.[23] In FISL 15, she talked about failures in large-scale systems.[24]

Weiden was a founding member of FSFLA,[25] which was announced in FISL 6.[26] She became an administration council member in the founding assembly of FSFLA.[27] She participated in the official launch of the Science, Education and Learning in Freedom project.[28]

She was the vice president of FSFE between 2009–2011. She organized the campaign Document Freedom Day for a couple of years, and was involved in fund-raising activities and to inform people about digital rights management.[29]


  1. "Free Software with a female touch". Fernanda Weiden. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  2. Smith, Ashley (2014-05-05). "May 2014 Developer Events for Facebook and Parse". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  3. Margolis, Maxine L. (2013). Goodbye, Brazil: émigrés from the land of soccer and samba. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-299-29303-1. Retrieved 2014-11-18. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Weiden, Fernanda (2011-05-15). "E se Lula criasse a Secretaria da Emigração?" (in português). Estado do Emigrante. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  5. Bruns, Karin (2007). Reader Neue Medien: Texte zur digitalen Kultur und Kommunikation (in Deutsch). transcript Verlag. p. 234. ISBN 978-3-89942-339-6. Retrieved 2014-11-19. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "Women in Free Software, by Fernanda G. Weiden". Groklaw. Pamela Jones. 2005-09-12. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  7. "Quem somos?" (in português). Projeto Software Livre Mulheres. Archived from the original on 2004-10-14. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  8. "Fernanda G. Weiden". Debian. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  9. "ITP: gnome-doc-utils -- utilities for working with GNOME documentation". Debian BTS. 2004-11-21. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  10. "Contact". Debian. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  11. "debian-women May 2011 by thread". Debian. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  12. Marson, Ingrid (2004-12-14). "Debian group encourages women developers". ZDNet. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  13. Byfield, Bruce (2005-01-07). "Hot Babe and Debian: A test case for community standards in free software". Linux.com. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  14. "ITP: hot-babe -- erotic graphical system activity monitor". Debian BTS. 2004-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  15. "Brazil, the Free Culture Nation". Wizards of OS. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  16. WOS4: The Future Of Free Software (Video). Wizards of OS. 2006-09-16. Retrieved 2014-11-24 – via Internet Archive.
  17. Quality Management in Free Content. Wizards of OS. 2006-09-15. Event occurs at 63:35. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  18. "Fernanda G. Weiden". Wikipedia. 2006-09-15. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  19. "Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Tobias Conradi". Wikipedia. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  20. Deterding, Sebastian (2006-12-01). "'Microsoft loves piracy'". Federal Agency for Civic Education. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  21. "David A. Wheeler's Travelogue: the 6th International Free Software Conference (FISL 6.0) in Porto Alegre, Brazil". David A. Wheeler. 2005-08-25. Retrieved 2015-07-26. Obviously, she's a leader.
  22. Spillner, Josef (2005-06-15). "Vom FISL zum LinuxTag" (in Deutsch). Pro-Linux. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  23. "4Linux e Debian Women ministrarão curso inicial de administração de sistemas para meninas no FISL" (in português). 4Linux. 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  24. Santana, Paulo (2014-05-07). "Especialista ensina lições valiosas para evitar falhas em sistemas em larga escala" (in português). Associação Software Livre. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  25. "Issue #4". FSFLA. 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  26. "Issue #0". FSFLA. 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  27. "Issue #5". FSFLA. 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  28. "Issue #13". FSFLA. 2006. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  29. "Fernanda Weiden". FSFE. Retrieved 2015-07-29.

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