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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

By Bruce Byfield on September 28, 2007 (5:00:01 PM)

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On various women's mailing lists, a subscriber has raised the idea of a distribution developed "for and by women." So far, the idea has met with a cool reception. It might even be a troll. However, if such a distro ever gets underway, it would be very much in the spirit of the community, and might give more women the background and confidence to reduce the gender gap in free software.

Also see: Linux distro for women? Thanks, but no thanks

The demand for a women's distro might be slight. Truthfully, it sounds more like a project from the feminist days of the early 1990s than something that would be started in pragmatic 2007. Probably, too, the main purpose wouldn't be the selection of packages, as is the case with Edubuntu -- although possibly mencal or some other menstruation calendar might be on the desktop's default panel. Yet, despite the satirical opportunities in stereotyping, I doubt that a woman's distro would resemble the pink OMG Ponies theme that Slashdot sported for April Fool's Day in 2006.

Still, free software projects are started for all sorts of reasons, not just technical ones. If gNewSense can produce a distro to promote software freedom, or the Ubuntu Christian Edition to introduce free software to the religious, why shouldn't a women's distro exist simply because a group of people want it to?

And if such a distro never catches on, what does that matter? Plenty of distros are one- or two-person hobbies. The strength of free software is that anyone who fulfills the licensing requirements can do what they want with it. The agreement of anyone else isn't required.

More importantly, special spaces for women in free software are still a necessity. If they weren't, there wouldn't be so many groups like Debian Women, KDE Women, or LinuxChix. Whether they encourage more women to become involved in free software may be debatable, but these spaces do support the women already involved in the community.

Let's face it: As Tim Berners-Lee pointed out recently, the male geek culture can be an intimidating place. Hell, it still intimidates me sometimes, since, although I'm male, my degree was in English and communications rather than computer science. You only have to browse the archives of a mailing list for LinuxChix or any other woman's group to encounter horror stories. Experienced, qualified women finding their opinions ignored, women unable to attend a professional gathering without being hit upon, misogynistic slurs -- the list goes on and on (and you'll probably see some examples of such things in the comments about this story). Before you read very far, the wonder isn't that there are a disproportionate number of female geeks, but that those who exist haven't run amok with a chainsaw among their male counterparts. People may boast about free software being open to everyone on the basis of proved merit, but the reality is vastly different if you happen to be female.

As I see it, the benefit of a woman's distro would be largely for the participants. It would be a place where women could learn how to package software or test a distribution for quality without having fear of being derided or distracted from the task at hand by the irrelevancies of gender or mistimed expressions of attraction.

True, women could learn the same skills working in another distro, and might find a teacher -- maybe even a male one -- who would treat them according to their competence. But the difference between working on a small project and a large one is like the difference between being a consultant and a full-time employee. Like a consultant, members of a small project have to learn many things quickly. They take on responsibilities sooner than they would in a large project where, like a full-time employee, they would probably be relegated to minor tasks and support roles at first. By working on a small project, they would gain competence and confidence more quickly. From this perspective, a women's distro might be a quick way to reduce free software's gender disparity. Even if more women weren't attracted to the community, those who were would have a place to develop their skills.

And who knows what else might come from the distro? I'm not a great believer in the idea that women are less aggressive than or interact differently from men. Yet even I have to admit that most of the regulars on free software mailing lists for women are politer and more supportive than the average poster on general lists. Perhaps a women's distro might develop forms of governance that are as democratic as Debian's, but less outspoken or rude. Possibly, too, their supportiveness would lead to more emphasis on documentation and the user experience. Just possibly, a women's distro could teach the rest of the community a thing or two about organization.

Alternatively, a women's distro might do none of these things. But it would be worth the experiment, if enough people cared enough to try it. And I, for one, would wish it every success.

Bruce Byfield is a computer journalist who writes regularly for Linux.com.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?. Because it is dumb!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: unknown] on September 28, 2007 05:59 PM
Gee how about a Distro for African Americans? Or a Distro for White people!
Woman are 1/2 the population of the Earth give or take a few percent points. You can not clump the all together they are all different.
My wife uses Ubuntu and is really good with GIMP.
The very idea that you would need a distro for women is with out a doubt sexist.
BTW as a Christian I find no value in the Christan edition of Linux but at least that was started by a Christan.
Don't you think that an artical about a how Women need a Linux distrobution written by a man is a little... Patronizing?

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Re: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?. Because it is dumb!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.169.167.212] on September 30, 2007 08:50 PM
Good point. Let's take that a bit further. We'd then need a separate GNU/Linux distro for the following different types of women:



Black American

Black African (one distro per ethnic group--Bantu, Pygmy, etc.)

Chinese (mainland)

Chinese from Hong Kong or Macau

Chinese from Taiwan

Japanese

Korean

Vietnamese

Indian (from India)

Native American (one distro per tribe in North and South America--Sioux, Quechua, Apache, etc.)

White American

White Western European

White Eastern European

White British (IIRC, they don't really consider themselves European)

White Aussie/Kiwi (well, maybe they're close enough to British)

Aboriginal Aussie



...and the list goes on.



Oh, BTW, we'd also need a separate GNU/Linux distro for all those various kinds of men as well.



Me, I'll stick with Ubuntu, thanks. :-)

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Re(1): GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?. Because it is dumb!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.254.26.195] on October 10, 2007 01:51 PM
Yes, and for lesbians:
Lesbix

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you have a problem with someone making a distro that dose not fit you? thats dumb

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.81.125.124] on October 19, 2007 09:38 AM
Freedom means the right to search for what makes you happy even if that something dose not make someone else happy, and they have the right to search for what makes them happy.
"liife liberty and the pursuit of happiness"
you know all the stuff that makes america great
and if it makes me happy then I can make a distribution for dogs or cats or one exclusively for the rainforest treetop tode.
If it makes you happy then you can still compline about it.

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Re: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?. Because it is dumb!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.81.125.124] on October 19, 2007 09:42 AM
Freedom means the right to search for what makes you happy even if that something dose not make someone else happy, and they have the right to search for what makes them happy.
"liife liberty and the pursuit of happiness"
you know all the stuff that makes america great
and if it makes me happy then I can make a distribution for dogs or cats or one exclusively for the rainforest treetop tode.
If it makes you happy then you can still compline about it.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 158.48.133.1] on September 28, 2007 06:07 PM
Sorry, but no. I'm a relatively sensitive guy and all, but I don't suffer from the notion that females are delicate flowers who need our protection.

The solution isn't to create a female-specific development ghetto, but for the community at large to tell those male members who cross over the line to misogyny to take a hike, no matter what their skills or contributions.

Most women I know don't need a sheltered community to protect their fragile selves from big, mean, men. That notion is just as demeaning as the crude comments and puppydog come-ons.

Women don't need their own free software community - they need the community at large to adjust it's f*cking attitude.

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Dumb, indeed!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 162.39.22.237] on September 28, 2007 06:45 PM
As a female sysadmin and long-time OSS user and vocal supporter in my field (I've written articles about and have made presentations at conferences on various OSS topics), I think I can safely say that this is a *really* stupid idea. I bristle at the thought of such a thing.

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Re: Dumb, indeed!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 63.251.108.100] on September 29, 2007 01:40 AM
It goes beyond dumb, but I'm having trouble coming up with just the right word, so I'll attack some of the ideas in the article:

-It would reduce the gender disparity in Free software.
I doubt it. There's a pretty large gender disparity in proprietary software, too, and in IT jobs in general. Unless/until that goes away (and whether it's even a problem is a subject worthy of debate), the gender disparity in Free software won't go away, either. Not even if someone creates a distro for women (and stands by to watch it tank faster than Microsoft Bob)

-Women don't interact differently than men
As someone who is married, the father of two daughters, and who has several very close friends who are women, I find this statement to be nothing short of nuts, and find myself convinced that Bruce Byfield is single, has no daughters, and doesn't have an close women friends. The fact of the matter is that (most) women interact differently both men do, in their interactions with both other women and men. If he doesn't know this, he hasn't spent much time around women. Or maybe he only sees ones in the IT field; in my experience, many (but far from all) of them do interact in a somewhat more masculine way. Neither my wife nor my close female friends are in IT (although one of them is an electronics engineer for a major Japanese company and holds an master's degree in EE).

-The implied idea that because there are groups such as LinuxChix, KDE Women, and Debian Women, a women's distro is needed.
If that were so, doesn't he think that maybe - just maybe - at least one of those groups would have started their own distro?

All in all, the idea that a women's distro is somehow necessary is just whack. Sure, a group such as LinuxChix could do a distro if they want, for the purpose of teaching women Linux users about package building, project management, or whatever, but at the end of the day, that distro will still have KDE or GNOME or XFCE (and/or other window managers or desktop environments) and pretty much the same packages as any other distro. It will be based on Debian or Arch or Gentoo or Linux From Scratch or whatever. A "women's distro" isn' going to be as different from a "men's distro" as women's clothes are from men's clothes (and lest anyone say that's just a matter of color and style, let me say that as the husband of a designer and boutique owner, the differences are greater than that), unless someone actually does do an "OMG Ponies" theme <g> (I can agree with him at least on that point).

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Re(1): Dumb, indeed!

Posted by: Jeremy Akers on September 29, 2007 02:03 AM
Not that I disagree with you on your overall point, I do take issue with an attack you made on Bruce:



"Women don't interact differently than men As someone who is married, the father of two daughters, and who has several very close friends who are women, I find this statement to be nothing short of nuts, and find myself convinced that Bruce Byfield is single, has no daughters, and doesn't have an close women friends."



Now, lets take a look at what Bruce actually wrote:



"I'm not a great believer in the idea that women are less aggressive than or interact differently from men. Yet even I have to admit that most of the regulars on free software mailing lists for women are politer and more supportive than the average poster on general lists."



It doesn't sound like he's saying women DON'T interact differently than men, just that he's not a 'great' believer in the idea. When someone says they are not a great believer in something, they are not saying they disagree with it, just that they don't staunchly believe/follow the idea as some others might. He even further clarifies his position in the sentence IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the sentence you are attacking, saying that he admits there IS a difference in responses on mailing lists for women vs general lists. Did you not read that far?



Overall, I agree, I think it's a bad idea. BUT, I will concede that Bruce makes some good points, and if someone wants to waste their time to create such a distro, well, it's no skin off my back. However, time will tell if it happens. The thing about the internet, is you might have 1,000 morons proclaim something as a good idea, but it takes at least one person who's smart enough and willing enough to actually put the idea into place to agree with the idea before it will ever take off. ;)



-Jeremy

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Re(1): Dumb, indeed!

Posted by: nanday on September 30, 2007 02:43 AM
/Bruce Byfield collapses on floor, laughing at how many wrong guesses can be compacted into a single paragraph.

- Bruce Byfield ("nanday")

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Re: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Jeremy Akers on September 29, 2007 12:26 AM
Finally, an anonymous poster I can agree with. You hit the nail on the head.

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Re: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.113.27.13] on September 29, 2007 05:26 PM
"but for the community at large to tell those male members who cross over the line to misogyny to take a hike, no matter what their skills or contributions."

You, quite frankly, should be executed. In the past free/opensource software was completely about merrit: one's political or social views did not matter, only the code did. Now the opensource movement is a leaky shell of it's former self and DOES kick out men who are anti-feminist / anti-women's rights (Debian has done this) regardless of their great contributions to the platform. The opensource movement is now becoming yet another worthless 'human rights' project more and more aimed at appeasing women's demands, and it is losing men for that. This in the next UN, Unicef, etc. Remeber: in the world of human rights women and girls are human and men are people that need to be chained down so the women and girls can become more human (IE: men are not seen as human but just evil)

[Modified by: Lee Schlesinger on September 30, 2007 10:16 AM]

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NEWSFORGE: PLEASE DELETE COMMENTS FROM ABOVE USER

Posted by: Jeremy Akers on September 30, 2007 06:52 AM
The comment advocates executing the commenter, and the referenced website contain messages of hate, advocating the death/execution of 'Feminist Women'.

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Disagree w/ removing the comment, but the ref'd Web site is nuts

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.169.167.212] on September 30, 2007 08:35 PM
It's pretty obvious that the word "executed" as used in that comment was hyperbole. Discourteous, and certainly not what I'd say, but still hyperbole.



As for the referenced web site, that's a different matter. I just read it. I am definitely *AGAINST* feminism; hatred of men is not something I will *ever* condone (that's what feminism has become, unfortunately). But I have to agree with your disapproval. That guy's over the top. Might as well be Hitler, given the venom spouting from him. What a nutcase.



Now, that said, as a black man, I would put this question to you, that I've asked elsewhere: Do you also agree with and support a Linux distro "for blacks"? I can tell you, black folks are a very small minority in the various tech fields, including Linux/FOSS. And I really would like to read your answer.



My take on this is, no, there shouldn't be any "women's distro" or "blacks' distro" or any other such nonsense. Right now, to write this, I'm using Debian Etch, a wonderful distribution. I use Ubuntu and Red Hat at work, both also wonderful distributions. Last I checked, I wasn't asked to "tick the EEOC checkbox" as a precondition to using and enjoying any of these distros (gosh, even Windows doesn't ask that!). It wasn't even suggested. Probably wasn't even thought of by the distro makers!



Perhaps I could've seen an argument for GNU/Linux distros based on *language*, but with the amazing work done in i18n and l10n, even that's not needed. I use both Ubuntu and Debian in Spanish, and I demo Fedora in Russian.



Someone else said that it was a sorry reflection on Linux.com that this actually made not one, but two articles here. As a racial minority in my country (the USA), I have to agree. This is just silly.

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Re: Disagree w/ removing the comment, but the ref'd Web site is nuts

Posted by: Jeremy Akers on October 01, 2007 05:02 AM
"It's pretty obvious that the word "executed" as used in that comment was hyperbole. Discourteous, and certainly not what I'd say, but still hyperbole. "



Maybe, but I doubt it. After reading his website, I think he's quite serious. On his blog, he advocates starting a revolution and executing everyone who he labels as 'anti-mens rights', which includes pretty much everyone.

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Re(1): Disagree w/ removing the comment, but the ref'd Web site is nuts

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.188.247.104] on October 01, 2007 09:55 PM
We already agree that he's nuts.



Now, would you care to answer my question? :-)

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 12.15.238.50] on September 28, 2007 06:46 PM
I am not sure why the current distros available cannot already be for women? Is there some specific software women can use, or would prefer to use instead of men? I'm just not sure I see the reasoning for a distro for women. I thought the current distros were for everyone.

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Re: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 193.242.104.20] on October 01, 2007 07:35 PM
The author has written idea about menstruation calendar as desktop wallpaper.
I would absolutely not used it. Perhaps it would be interesting for author of this idea, but my menstruation belongs to me, not for any stranger.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.6.127.43] on September 28, 2007 07:14 PM
How about...Let them do what they want. We have the choice to use it or not, just like the 500 other distros I don't use.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.62.105.144] on September 28, 2007 08:35 PM
Truthfully, I was expecting a "OMG Ponies!" type of opinion, and was nicely surprised. Being female in a technical job, the last thing I want is one more way to have my skills shunted away from "the big boys" - i.e. "here you go sweetie, a Linux distro just for you!". The points you make are food for thought, however. Thanks for providing a different viewpoint.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?: Strange comments

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 129.130.53.174] on September 28, 2007 09:14 PM
Some of these comments are weird. Maybe there are some women who would like such a thing. Maybe they are feminists. Maybe they are the blond wing of the female gender and don't like getting beat up on mailing lists. Maybe it would be good for gay men and women. But whatever the case, if a group likes something specific that doesn't appeal to everyone, why not? That's how we got all of our other distros.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 96.228.169.147] on September 29, 2007 12:57 AM
The entire premise of the post, (both viewpoints) is juvenile and moronic. It's sad to see Linux.com has become the Jerry Springfield of tech sites. I remember a time when you could actually get useful information at this site. Now it's nothing but vitriolic opinions and the occasional tidbit of good tech advice. Surely, there are far more interesting and informative things to discuss than this. This is an affront to your readers' intelligence.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 4.159.89.190] on September 29, 2007 01:13 AM
What's wrong with Barbie Linux?

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What would the difference be?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 61.68.177.245] on September 29, 2007 05:18 AM
Can someone please tell me what on earth this distro would have different from any other GNU/Linux distro other than different artwork?

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.212.46.25] on September 29, 2007 11:30 AM
It's amazing, and a little sad, that this somewhat bizarre idea have lead to two (!) articles on Linux.com. The person who started it all on the mailing list has been marked as a troll on pretty much every list (s)he is on and the idea it self has been quite unanimously dismissed. Also the same poster starting off (atleast on the Debian Women list) by posting a link to a very sexist blog before posting one single message about this women distro idea. Afaik no one took it seriously or even started nibbeling on the bait.

I do know how hard it can be to fill the pages on a slow news day but come on...

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The pink desktop would be a real turn-off for me

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.38.16.27] on September 29, 2007 11:44 AM
It's Not April 1st, is it?

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Some potential ideas for the prospective distro

Posted by: schwim on September 29, 2007 03:48 PM
You could have an activation key for the OS on a test strip that you had to urinate on. It would only display the activation key upon detection of estrogen in the urine.



In all seriousness, I think it's a spectacular way to add a little bit more segregation to our community. The freedom is there to create any distro you would like, but if your goal is to promote linux, then I would humbly suggest that this is not the way to go about it. If your goal is to create a community based on the very sexism that you seem to want to overcome, then you should push forward with all of the resources available to you.
[Modified by: schwim on September 29, 2007 03:49 PM]

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.203.150.239] on September 29, 2007 09:39 PM
THIS IS STUPID...is their a special version of windows Xp or vista JUST FOR WOMEN?

if not..why is it being tried here..are linux devs' saying women can't handle linux?

That would seem a real idiotic advertising campaign ;)

sheesh!

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.77.140.3] on September 30, 2007 01:42 AM
It might be a good idea to let a woman start such a distribution. I pity the man who, no matter how sincerely, tries to tell a woman what she wants, in a computer, an operating system, or anything else for that matter.

Glenn

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.215.138.222] on September 30, 2007 02:50 AM
Why does a distro have to be about men or women? I think this thread shows why there are groups for women... to save them from the minority of outspoken self-righteous mediocre trolls. Lord knows the "women who do not code and are useless (and dislike men)" don't want to be subjected to more ignorance than necessary. Typically I have found the people that are most outspoken about any group's "worthlessness" are trying to compensate for their own shortcomings. Get out of Mommy's basement and learn to get along with humanity.

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Re: GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.113.27.13] on September 30, 2007 04:07 AM
I've done more free software programming then I've seen any of the debian women do in just one little console videogame (GPC-Slots 2).

It's been three years since debian women came into existance. All they have done is kick anti-feminist men out of debian and help deny new non-feminized men from joining the project. They have 0wn3d debian.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.142.216.72] on September 30, 2007 04:21 PM
I don't know why I even read this article. It reminded me of a WKRP in Cincinnati episode when Johnny Fevers asks "What do women want?". Les replies "Tupperware". What do women want anyway? Has anyone asked?

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GNU/Linux distro for BLACKS?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.169.167.212] on September 30, 2007 07:44 PM
Mr. Byfield,



Blacks are a very small minority in the IT world. Would you advocate a GNU/Linux distribution "for blacks" the same way you're advocating one "for women"?

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But what would we call such a distro?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.83.23.153] on September 30, 2007 08:56 PM
Vaginix?
Labinux?
Vaguntu?
Feminix?
Punanix?

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Re: But what would we call such a distro?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 81.156.12.52] on October 01, 2007 01:25 PM
So obvious: Gynux

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.47.119.35] on September 30, 2007 09:02 PM
And now...Log for girls

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.181.170.202] on September 30, 2007 11:04 PM
Of course there should be a distribution for women. However, the thing goes deeper than that.

There should be special hardware with circuits implementing female logic, approved by the National Organisation for Women.

Before that we will not have peace.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not? 'cause it's a bit racist and SO stupid

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.18.14.2] on October 01, 2007 01:40 PM
computers are made for humans
why think girl would love something wrote for less able people with tons of shiny glitter shi*?
I'm according with the black guy ( Disagree w/ removing the comment, but the ref'd Web site is nuts).
it's simply ridicoulous.
a distro for cats should make more sense... different interfaces, different ways to interact with users... but I think I can use a pc as you, guys!
That's just "politically correct" bulls*th, nothing more, nothing less... I don't want to be "protected" I just want to be considered as I'm: an human.
Seems me more "ethic" release distros for old pc (common in poor countries) or localized in other languages than english. Isnt the only way to speech in the world... and in 3rd world is not as spread as in USA.
Coding not BLABLABLAing, and if a girl (or a guy) wants something more "cute" can personalize GNOME or KDM or else to do that without the need of a distro.
Thats what i think
associazione.sinapsi (at) gmail (dot) com

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The "black guy" agrees with you

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.188.247.104] on October 01, 2007 10:10 PM
I'm that black guy, so I'm glad that we agree on this. Thanks!



Here's one that did make sense, and that's the GNU/Linux distro in Extremadura, Spain. It's basically a hack of Debian, geared for that region's specific needs. Same for Red Flag Linux (China)...or has that morphed yet into Asianux? I seem to remember some talk about that a couple of years ago.



Here's another: Edubuntu, an educationally-oriented hack of Ubuntu. Same for K12LTSP, which is an educational hack of Fedora/CentOS. Both of those make PERFECT sense. Same for Knoppix (live CD's)--very useful Debian hack.



If anything, the folks who need to be "protected" are the MS Windows users. :-) They're scared of anything that looks like "that black-box DOS prompt--AAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!" That's where something like KDE or GNOME comes in handy, be those persons male, female, white, black, green Martian, red Vulcan elephant (assuming red Vulcan elephants can use computers), or otherwise.



Hmm...come to think of it, it'd actually be quite interesting to meet a red Vulcan elephant that knew how to use a computer. Probably the most "logical" elephant you'd ever meet! (har har) Oh, and being an elephant, of course its memory would be nonvolatile. :-D

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.245.124.66] on October 01, 2007 11:38 PM
Disclaimer: I'm another guy, but - It's easier for me to imagine a forum or some kind of discussion group by and for women being useful than a particular linux distro. Package managers, desktop environments, etc. tend to be about technical issues, whereas the phenomenon the author discusses around gender tend to be social.

Having said that, Gentoo, like almost all the other distros, is one whose forums I wouldn't bother worth. Even assuming one never gets sucked into it, the infighting creates too much noise to signal.

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GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.158.10.57] on October 03, 2007 12:58 AM
Given some of the comments here it would appear that alot of folks are using a distro called "Jockitchnix" or maybe just plain "Shortsinaknotnix"

If a group of folks want to create a distro for whatever reason or purpose why the hell not? "Free as in freedom" applies to everyone.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 209.74.48.98] on October 05, 2007 03:15 PM
Yeah Right
[Modified by: Anonymous on October 14, 2007 03:58 PM]

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have u forgot linux is freedom by william r robinson

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.81.125.124] on October 19, 2007 09:53 AM
Freedom means the right to search for what makes you happy even if that something dose not make someone else happy, and they have the right to search for what makes them happy.
"liife liberty and the pursuit of happiness"
you know all the stuff that makes america great.

and if it makes me happy then I can make a distribution for dogs or cats or one exclusively for the rainforest treetop tode.
If it makes you happy then you can still compline about it.

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linux shuld alwayes be by difault customisable for spacific needs and any distro shuld not be shuned

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.81.125.124] on October 19, 2007 10:16 AM
linux shuld alwayes be by difault customisable for spacific needs and any distro shuld not be shuned.
they all promote the freedom of linux.
linux for mothers,
linux for doctors,
linux for scools,
linux for sports fans,
linux for handycaped,
linux for kids under 5,
linux for kids 5 to7,
linux for girls 8 to 12,
linux for boys 8 to 12 etc...
linux for construction workers
linux for banks
linux for tv
linux for robotics
safty linux
linux for drafting
linux for math students
linux for english
linux for woodshop
linux fo welders
linux for whatever
which ever distro acomplishes this level of easy customization will be the one on top.
just select your prefrence tabs and install

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