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Women in FOSS: men need to do more, says senior dev

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A long-time member of the FOSS community believes that men need to do much more about increasing the participation of women in the community and improving their experience of being part of the community.

Russell Coker, a Debian developer and Linux consultant, told iTWire that some recent material he had noticed online indicated that when women spoke out about issues of discrimination, they tended to be attacked more than men who made similar statements.

The abysmally low numbers of women in the FOSS community have been a matter of concern for some time now, with a number of sexist incidents at various conferences over the last two years adding to the focus on the issue.

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re: Women in FOSS

What a load of crap. That's like saying the NBA needs to do more so that average height middle age white men can play more.

It'd be fine if women actually just wanted equality, but they don't, they want special treatment.

Affirmative action has been proven over and over not to work, so why do they think that making special accommodations for the wilting flowers of womanhood will?

There's plenty of great women in every field, and every one of them just does their job and doesn't whine about not being "equal".

Ironic how all the whiners (regardless if it's sex, religion, age, race, etc) are the middle-of-the-pack wanna-be's (or worse) that would NEVER EVER be top of their field (not because of how they are treated - but because they don't have the brain-sweat or skills to make it so).

Proof if ever needed...

What a load of garbage, you really have no clue do you? Wanting to improve female participation in FOSS beyond the current 2% is hardly special treatment, it's common sense. What a loser. It's guys like you that are the problem. What are you so scared of you react like that?

"What a load ... "

We have all heard that "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This is true if one who learns to fish has access to fish-filled waters. There are many places in this world (Scotland, El Salvador for two) where land owners keep locals from fishing because of no trespassing laws.
Many people, no matter how skilled and knowledgeable, are kept from employment because of the owner of the firm has a vision of who is eligible to work. If one doesn't fit the "look," nothing in your CV will help.
It is interesting how the one's shut out of jobs, food, homes are just listed as lazy or lacking, instead of finding out if their claims have some justification!

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