After almost a year of submitting the first draft, my MA thesis is available in a PDF format (sorry, in French only). It will soon be also available as a book format -- if you want a copy, send me your address, and I will mail it to you.
Feel free to download, read, comment -- and please, if you use parts in your own works, quote it properly. To do so, I have left the original table of contents with the right page numbers. The attached PDF has 12 pages more, normally the Introduction should be page 1. If you are not sure, write to me and I will confirm.
Thanks for reading! And twice thanks for commenting.
Just a few weeks ago I was wondering what life after thesis would look like. It was actually a good question, having in mind my actual state ofmind - short-term projects, e-mails to reply to and promissed-and-never-fulfilled old tasks, books for fun and long awaited meetings. So, just to illustrate this feeling, here's Cecilia's, my phd/confused/geeky prototype.
So, there we go. The 11 of January was the birth of my thesis - completed and submitted. Almost 150 pages of work on the topic "Women's Contribution to Free and Open Source Software Development". In French*. Will upload the PDF soon online. For the English speaking readers, will probably have to wait for the articles I will be writing within the year. My idea for publishing a book (in English) will need a more structured research and connections. If anyone has ideas, please let me know :)
I wonder if many people feel like this. You just get up, all filled with enthusiasm, coffee helps making you in form of action. You get in front of your screen, and here it is: distraction, world problems, friends' problems, more things to read... And then you open your chapter and... oufff.. not this again!
I am changing these days. My mind is changing, and my thoughts - with it. I think it is my MA thesis which is changing me. Each day I discover new things around women's contribution to FOSS development, which is sometimes difficult to explain, but is tempting to make it heard by more people. This is why preparing a speech is a birth of a new challenge. It cannot be done months before it is given. And instead of doing my slides in the plane, I kept working on my research. Because the more I advance into the issue, the more what I will talk about will be new.
Working at night, while everyone around is sleeping, is not a good thing. Neither for them, nor for me. And not only this, but thinking about tomorrow's early wake up for FSCONS I start hating the fact I am still here, awake, brain-burning, and ... (in)efficient. If I have been efficient, will be clear another day. I am not even able to detect.
So, I have this belief, that nothing is coincidence, and that if you are searching for the answer, it is right in front of you. Tonight, I open the Phd comics, and here is the ironic answer: