On Monday 24 July 2006 17:04, Máirín Duffy <duffy(a)redhat.com> wrote:
Karlie Robinson wrote:
> Máirín Duffy wrote:
> and am somewhat involved in Linuxchix . I
>> agree with Jeanette and think we should try to strategize how to get
>> more women involved!
> Personally, I had a very cold reception from the chix last year.
> We were opening up our Developers Portal  and asked if we could be
> listed in their "contributing to Linux"  (FYI it took us 10 months of
> sales to top $3000 for our developers including PCLinux and Knoppix,
> GoblinX, and on and on)
> The person who responded to my emails left me feeling very put off and I
> didn't bother going back.
Yeh, I say 'somewhat involved' because I've tried to help and to
contribute but I usually end up getting involved in long, drawn-out,
pointless flame wars. :) It is somewhat disorganized though, but the
right person to talk to probably would have been Mary, and I'm guessing
based on your description she is *not* the one you talked to. :)
Anyway sorry to hear you had a bad experience. :(
Hopefully we can avoid those kinds of experiences in this program. ;-)
I really do hope that we can coordinate our work in a lot of areas with some
of the other FOSS Women groups, including GNOME Women and eventually
LinuxChix. I can also see great opportunities in working with Debian Women
and Ubuntu Women. Even PostgreSQL and Apache's Women groups would be good to
work with. Perhaps we can benefit from the lessons they have learned, and
perhaps they can pick up some new ideas and learn how to be more friendly
from us. The Fedora Community has a decent track record of being a friendly
community, and that's something we can all help to advance. I'd also be open
to pooling resources with the other groups to advance our common goals.
Focusing on that point for a moment, have any of you had poor experiences with
the Fedora Community? In what areas is the Fedora Community lacking in a way
that this program might be able to fix?
I'd also like to address the idea of mentor programs. Ubuntu Women has a
dedicated mentoring team for women. The Fedora Project has the Fedora
Mentors Project, which is not targeted in any particular way. Would it help
to create a smaller mentor program within Fedora Women (which would also be a
smaller women's program within Fedora Mentors.) Unfortunately, we don't have
the budget for a program like GNOME's Women's Summer Outreach Program, but a
mentoring program would provide a similar service, just without the extra
Patrick "The N-Man" Barnes
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