Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y During the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Richard M. Stallman of the Free Software Foundation (and the Superfluous Introduction Award goes to...) gave a keynote speech. Said keynote speech raised a few eyebrows in the Free software community because of a number of questionable remarks regarding women in technology. David "Lefty" Schlesinger, member of the GNOME Advisory Board and active in the mobile open source community, took issue with RMS' remarks and decided to call him out on it. The response he got was... Less than satisfying.
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Richard Stallman is a large reason why I no longer push Linux. The Linux community is some type of club where you have to do a weird handshake to get in.

Computers are like automobiles... they serve a purpose. We are automotive mechanics folks, not gods with everyone else being silly women.

Unfortunately I've found this not only in the 'Linux community' but the IT world in general - this alpha male, chest beating approach to computing where anyone who knows less than them are open to ridicule. Its the reason why I didn't continue my career in IT and instead treat it as a hobby rather than something I would do full time. Microsoft is a prime example of this dog eat dog mentality - where people instead of working together and encourage ideas to flourish, they're instead basically put into a situation where it is like a dog fight. Little wonder that products from Microsoft aren't the best ideas but instead ideas pushed by the biggest alpha male (and tending to be the dumbest one at the same time).

Maybe I'm not in the 'mainstream' of thinking, but I don't like competing with my coworkers when it comes to accomplishing a task; I would sooner work together constructively and get everyone's feedback - where as what I find is an attitude by some where their primary concern is climbing the greasy pole instead of working, getting paid and the satisfaction not necessarily through 'promotions' but knowing that you achieved something as a group where everyone played their part.

Edited 2009-07-09 14:58 UTC

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