[Off Topic] HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux

Mai maix25 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 28 13:44:18 UTC 2005

On 6/28/05, Chanchao <custom at freenet.de> wrote:
> t> http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/Encourage-Women-Linux-HOWTO.html
> What a terrible article..... To summarize it: "Men are the problem".
> It goes on and on about not doing this or that, not making sexist
> jokes, not taking the keybaord away from a women when helping them but
> just explaining the answer.. Jesus.

Certainly, who writes this article present several points in which I
do not agree:
"3.3. Don't call people bitches", "3.1. Don't tell sexist jokes"...
Those points seem to me subjective, too many feminine maybe ;), and
obtain the opposite effect.

But....Your summary "Men are the problem" is very radical, and
excludes an interesting point: "3.15. Don't criticize too much", this
is the base to give confidence to a novice.

I have had experience dictating classes of AIX, HPUX and Linux, and my
students, (men and women), always responded better to my explanations
"of low profile": more explanations less critics, that those where,
intention, I show a high profile, watching at the rest of mortal poor
men who NEVER had compiled kernel...Jesusl!! ;)

> If anything, the best way to get more women into Linux (or at least
> women of the type writing articles like that one) would be to actively
> try to exclude them. And suddenly they'll be on the front row of Linux
> conferences. :)

You are in the dark side...
> Also I think a classy, stylish and well designed comfortable look and
> feel (like you-know-what-company-with-a-partly-consumed-
> piece-of-fruit-in-its-logo) would go a long way to win women over.
> (Again, if that's a goal in itself.)

Completely in discord with you, the women who I know, and myself,
looked for that our machines are efficient in which is that do, we did
not wait for a pink interface with "hello kitty" or the superpowerful
girls :p  .....but sure, who no enjoy watching the skin tux of amsn :)
and the splash of Ubuntu in startup / shutdown ?

Still more, like administrators, prefer run level 3 in my servers :)

Resume: To transmit knowledge and to encourage the use of certain
technology are not a easy work, for that reason it is good idea to
optimize it, and take advices....
> Cheers,
> Chanchao
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Is not so terrible the article, since it allows us to debate these ideas, right?


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los hombres la ignoran" G. Bernard Shaw

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