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
BornRobyn 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.
  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.

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