[aur-general] "tower-girls"

Peter Lewis pete at muddygoat.org
Sat Jun 26 06:13:40 EDT 2010

On Saturday 26 Jun 2010 at 01:42 Ng Oon-Ee wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-06-25 at 17:47 -0400, Andrew Antle wrote:
> > > I've always been quite proud that the free / open source software
> > > world has
> > > projects like these:
> > > 
> > > http://women.debian.org/home/
> > > http://community.kde.org/KDE_Women
> > > http://live.gnome.org/GnomeWomen
> > > 
> > > I know the comments were just supposed to be a bit of fun, but
> > > perhaps they
> > > highlight that something like wouldn't be a bad idea in Arch too.
> > > 
> > Patches welcome :) , preferably from women actually involved in Arch,
> > not pseudo-politically-correct males trying to make themselves feel
> > better.

Absolutely, it would be rather odd and pointless if an Arch-women project were 
to be started by men. In the absence of any women (really are there none?), of 
course no patches will be forthcoming.

But please don't assume you know my motivation for mentioning these projects. 
I'm not "trying to make myself feel better", I'm just pointing out that it's 
rather a shame in my view that Arch doesn't have a (more active) female 
component to the community, and was wondering why that was. As evidenced by 
the links, it's not that "women don't like linux".

> +1000. I haven't actually seen any females on the forum/IRC/mailing list
> (though to be fair names from some cultures are androgynous to my eyes).
> Recently on this list someone posted up linuxTag photos, there were more
> signs of Microsoft than women in those pics.
> I think this conversation has exhausted its lifetime though to be fair.
> Back to the TU application!

And you may think that this conversation is irrelevant or off topic or 
whatever, but in my view any healthy community engages in a bit of self-
reflection from time to time. Most importantly in this is identifying barriers 
or perceived barriers to participation.


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