Exciting personal news!

1:15 am news, speaking

As some of you know already, I’ve got good news – I’m pregnant! I’ve put off blogging about it, as I hate sharing personal information online (yes, I really hate talking about my heart condition but I feel like it’s worth it to underscore the importance of software freedom). It’s time that I informed the whole GNOME community though, so that you all know what’s going on. I’m due in September, which means that I’ll be pretty pregnant at GUADEC.

If you do the math and count back, you’ll notice that I was extremely busy during my first trimester with loads of travel and major projects. Luckily, I felt great so it was easy to work whole-heartily on stuff I feel so passionately about. For some reason, the past month hasn’t been as easy so there have been times that I’ve struggled to stay on track for GNOME. While I’ve been forced to cut down on my travel during this time and turn down talks that I would have loved to give, I’m definitely planning on going to GUADEC. I’m also going to try to make it to OSCON, but I’ll have to see how my health is. I don’t think I remember seeing any pregnant speakers at other free software conferences, so I wish I could go to more.

I thank you for your understanding and support, and will do my best to put in that extra effort through the rest of my pregnancy.

On a geekier note – I’m excited to bring another free software and GNOME user into the world!

20 Responses

  1. RubenV Says:


  2. Mattias Bengtsson Says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! πŸ™‚

  3. Alberto Ruiz Says:


    By the way you should consider the possibility that your daughter/son may not like GNOME, she/he might like other Desktop Environments… you should love him/her anyway!

  4. karen Says:

    excellent point! Though, this little one will by default be using what we use for a while – they start to code at 6 months, right? πŸ™‚

  5. Baptiste Mille-Mathias Says:

    Hey Karen, good news.

    (I don’t think you’d remember we saw each other on the GNOME booth of FOSDEM this year)

    Congratulation. I hope you the best for you and your baby. Having some rest in the last trimester is important, so don’t try to do too much things :).

    Baptiste (who’s should be father again next week)

  6. Chris Says:

    Awesome, congrats!

  7. Jeff Says:

    Wow, congratulations!

  8. StΓ©phane Says:

    Congratulations Karen! I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚ !

  9. Brandon Holtsclaw Says:


    You’ll enjoy every minute of it, even if the enjoyment comes years later when looking back at all the little things πŸ™‚


  10. Sean Tilley Says:

    As a regular reader of Planet GNOME, I just wanted to wish you congratulations! That’s really exciting! πŸ™‚

  11. Miguel de Icaza Says:


  12. Sumana Harihareswara Says:

    Best wishes for as easy a pregnancy and birth as possible. πŸ™‚

  13. Trevor Rollins Says:

    Stallman doesn’t care:


  14. Jon Says:

    It’s funny because it’s true πŸ™‚

  15. Lucas Rocha Says:

    Congrats, Karen!

  16. Julita Inca Says:

    Congrats Karen, I like your geekier note! D:

  17. Dave Neary Says:

    Hey! I’m behind the times, just saw this. Congratulations! Hopefully I’ll run into you at OSCON before the Big Day.

    Take it easy on the air travel – I don’t think having an international baby over the Atlantic would be much fun.


  18. Sri Ramkrishna Says:

    Congratulations, Karen! You’ll make a wonderful mother!

  19. Rob Taylor Says:


  20. Gervase Markham Says:

    Awesome news πŸ™‚ Parenthood is wonderful.

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