Vesperman is retiring from her position due to health concerns, Gardiner told Linux.com. Vesperman has shared publicly her battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Gardiner lives in Australia and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University. She recently participated in a panel interview at ABC.net's Triple J youth radio station, along with Mark Pesce and Jeff Waugh, to discuss the "inter-blog harassment of Kathy Sierra" and possible solutions for "cyber-bullying." Of her involvement in female-dominated online communities, Gardiner says, "We find that we get a lot of misogynist material ... occasional violent threats. Generally, you don't have recourse to that kind of thing."
LinuxChix describes itself as a "looseknit, casual" group, with regional chapters operate in countries all over the world. In addition to attending local meetings, LinuxChix members can take courses online. Some of the current studies include a class on learning to use the GIMP, a course entitled "Tools for Participating in Free Software," and "Linux Commands."