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The GNOME Foundation has admitted 10 interns to its Outreach Program for Women, an initiative that encourages women's participation in the GNOME Desktop Project, one of the two major desktop environments for Linux and UNIX desktops.

The internships are being sponsored by the GNOME Foundation, Google, Mozilla, Collabora, the Free Software Foundation and Red Hat.

The selected interns, their selected projects and their mentors are:

Marta Maria Casetti, London, England - Developer Documentation for Python - Tiffany Antopolski

Taryn Fox, North Carolina, USA - Developer Documentation for JavaScript - Tiffany Antopolski

Monica Kochofar, Mississauga, Canada - Developer Documentation for C - Tiffany Antopolski

Radina Matic, Barcelona, Spain - Documentation - Tiffany Antopolski and Bertrand Rousseau

Barbara Muraus, Maribor, Slovenia - Graphic Design - Jakub Steiner

Fabiana Pedreira Simões, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - User Experience Design - Allan Day

Elena Petrevska, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia - Web Development - Christy Eller and Andreas Nilsson

Ana Risteska, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia - GNOME Shell - Marina Zhurakhinskaya

Riko Yamada, Osaka, Japan - GUPnP - Jens Georg

Anna Zacchi, Mantova, Italy - GNOME Documents - Cosimo Cecchi

An 11th intern is being sponsored by the Software Freedom Conservancy to work on its Twisted project, an event-driven networking engine written in Python.

In addition, of 29 students who were accepted to work on GNOME through the Google Summer of Code, there were five women, all of whom got involved through the outreach programme.

The Outreach Program for Women is organised by Red Hat's Marina Zhurakhinskaya, with help and support from GNOME Foundation executive director Karen Sandler, Rosanna Yuen, a developer and avid computer user, and the GNOME Board of Directors.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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