See: http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22467/1090/. To answer the sensationalist title, no.

I can't believe people are trying to make this an issue. I guess it was only a matter of time before the crap that we deal with in the rest of the world met up with open source.

I have seen several prominent developers on just the kernel that just happen to be women. Many more on large projects like KDE. Great, big deal. They shouldn't receive special privileges, recognition, or anything because of it.

"The strange thing about this episode is that it looks like the FOSS community seemingly doesn't want to know about it."
No shit. This kind of crybaby attitude is why governments and large corporations can't get anything done, too worried about offending people. Most of us FOSS people are here for the goods, not to set up bureaucracy, politics, and political correctness.

This Gentoo developer is spot on: http://steveno.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/mad-gnu-women/. The existence of women's only groups like Debian women are wrong in the first place and harmful. In the same category as Richard Stallman - well intentioned but counter-productive.

Isn't the goal to write and use good software? Gender has nothing to do with that. Neither does race, color, or being the stereotypical guy that spends countless hours hacking away in the parent's basement. Yet we think nothing about laughing at the last. The world would be a better place if people just grew thicker skin.


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