Stormy Peters

Stormy Peters is an information technology industry analyst and prominent free and open source software (FOSS) advocate, promoting business use of FOSS. She advocates as a consultant and conference speaker. She co-founded, and was later appointed as executive director of the GNOME Foundation. She previously worked for Mozilla,[1] and Cloud Foundry.[2] As of June 2018 she works for Red Hat[3][4]

Peters's birth name is Robyn; however, she has not gone by that name since her childhood.[5]

Stormy Peters
Stormy Peters, GUADEC 2008
Stormy Peters at GUADEC 2008
Robyn Peters
OccupationInformation technologist
EmployerRed Hat
Known forfree and open source software advocacy


Peters completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in computer science at Rice University and initially worked as a software engineer for Hewlett-Packard in their Unix development team.[6]

In approximately 1999 Peters was managing the HP-UX desktop development and became aware of the GNOME project when the team decided to provide GNOME on HPUX. Peters had a role in explaining the Open Source business and intellectual property models to Hewlett-Packard management. She later founded the Hewlett-Packard Open Source Program office.[7] In 2000 she became one of the founding members of the GNOME Foundation Advisory board.[8]

In December 2005 Peters became Director of Product Management for OpenLogic, an Open Source services company.[9] In July 2008 Peters left OpenLogic and became the executive director of the GNOME Foundation.[8] Her role was in coordinating with sponsors, business development and marketing.[7] In November 2010 she left to Mozilla.[1] Since August 2011 she has been a member of the GNOME Board of Directors.[10]

Peters has given keynote talks to many Open Source conferences including the Open Source Business Conference,[6], the 2008[11] and 2009[12] GNOME.Asia summit in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City respectively, and the Ohio Linuxfest in 2010.


  1. ^ a b "Changing Roles". Retrieved 2011-09-12.
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  4. ^ "Stormy Peters | LinkedIn". Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. ^ Varghese, Sam (2008-02-05). "Stormy by name, not by nature". IT Wire. Archived from the original on 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2009-05-01. Her real name is Robyn but she hasn't been called that except for a while when she lived in Spain as a child.
  6. ^ a b "The OpenLogic Management Team: Stormy Peters, Director of Community and Partner Programs". OpenLogic. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  7. ^ a b Bhartiya, Swapnil (2008-07-15). "A Storm In The Computing World: Stormy Peters". Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  8. ^ a b "GNOME hires Stormy Peters as Executive Director" (Press release). GNOME Foundation. 2008-07-07. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-09.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "OpenLogic Hires Open Source Expert Stormy Peters as Director of Product Management" (Press release). OpenLogic. 2005-12-07. Archived from the original on 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  10. ^ "About the GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-12.
  11. ^ "GNOME.Asia Summit 2008 conference website". Archived from the original on 2011-08-10.
  12. ^ "GNOME.Asia Summit 2009 conference website". Archived from the original on 2010-06-16.

External links

GNOME Foundation

The GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Orinda, California, United States, coordinating the efforts in the GNOME project. (often abbreviated as lca) is Australasia's regional Linux and Open Source conference. It is a roaming conference, held in a different city every year, coordinated by Linux Australia and organised by local volunteers.

The conference is a non-profit event, with any surplus funds being used to seed the following year's conference and to support the Australian Linux and open source communities. The name is the conference's URL, using the uncommon second-level domain

Ohio LinuxFest

The Ohio LinuxFest (OLF) is an annual technology conference and expo held since 2003 in Columbus, Ohio. The event is dedicated to discussion and development of the Linux kernel-based operating systems and other free and open-source software and hardware projects.

It is a three-day event that includes classroom training, presentations, and workshops. The main conference is held on a Saturday, during which there are multiple tracks of presentations, including tracks dedicated for commercial speakers or career development. A day-long exposition floor permits attendees to make contact with a number of companies and non-profit organizations who share an interest in open source software.

OLF is held in the Fall, usually in September. It attracts about one thousand attendees. Due to the organizers' core belief that "Open Source Means Open To All", there is no charge for basic registration.

Peter T. Brown

Peter T. Brown was the Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) from 2005 until early 2011. Having come from a business management and finance background, he began working for the organization in 2001 as a comptroller, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2005 after the departure of Bradley Kuhn. He was replaced by John Sullivan. He has since joined the Software Freedom Conservancy as a director and treasurer. He is from Oxford, England, and has worked in the past for the BBC and the New Internationalist.

He became an American citizen in August 2017.

Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) is an organization that provides a non-profit home and infrastructure support, including legal services, for free/open source software projects. The organization was established in 2006, with the help of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). As of June 2018, the organization had over 40 member projects.

Southern California Linux Expo

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is an annual Linux, open source and free software conference held in Los Angeles, California, since 2002. Despite having Linux in its name, SCALE covers all open source operating systems and software. It is a volunteer-run event.

The event features an expo floor with both commercial and non-profit exhibitors, as well as 3 days of seminars on the topic of Linux and Open Source software. Sessions and presentations cover a broad spectrum of topics and technical levels.

SCALE grew out of a series of LUGFests put on by the Simi Conejo Linux Users Group in the late 90s. There were four of them, held every 6 months at the Nortel development facility in Simi Valley, California. They ended when Nortel closed that facility in 2001. Subsequently, members from SCLUG, USCLUG and UCLALUG organized to create a more regional event, which they named the Southern California Linux Expo.

Companies, organizations and projects represented at SCALE include Linux-based projects such as Debian, Gentoo Linux, the Fedora Project, KDE and GNOME, other open-source operating systems including NetBSD and FreeBSD, software projects such as Django, open-source database systems such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, other open-source applications such as Drupal, Inkscape, MythTV and The Document Foundation, activist organizations such as the Software Freedom Law Center and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, major technology companies such as IBM, HP and Sharp, web companies including Google, Facebook and eHarmony, and internet projects including and OpenStreetMap.

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