Yet another male perspective on women in free software
Posted Oct 4, 2007 9:50 UTC (Thu) by tajyrink
Parent article: Yet another male perspective on women in free software
The article was great. A little side-track, but I'm also frustrated by the lack of non-technical messages coming from the free software world. The reason I like Ubuntu is not just the sleekness and polishness (Fedora and openSUSE do better in some/many ways, not least with the system configuration tools), but the fact that it's not just "hey whee source code to the latest kernel", but "we're building a more equal world where people help each other and do stuff for the common good". Plus the Code of Conduct that may come to rescue whenever someone is being an idiot on the forums / mailing lists.
That's also the biggest reason I think that "free/libre software" is somewhat better term than "open source" (I might think other wise if MS starts touting its "reference license" as "open source"). Open source is purely technical, and most people would be more interested in the freedoms free software gives them than the one fact that the source code is open. Of course for the technical of us, we mainly want the freedoms regarding the program itself, but I think there are much wider subjects that could be utilized in eg. marketing free software. Well, maybe someone will. Dell? Maybe marketing could even use new terms like "free computing", "libre tech"...
This is of course partly related to the topic, since statistically women are more interested in non-technical stuff. But not really related to the topic, since I wouldn't ever state this is the reason for the problem, since that would be concentrating on statistics / single aspects and missing the point.
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