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Diversification [ branched from Re: conflicts in the gnu project now aff

From: Todor Kondić
Subject: Diversification [ branched from Re: conflicts in the gnu project now affect guile]
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 06:10:45 +0000

On Friday, 18 October 2019 17:09, pelzflorian (Florian Pelz) <address@hidden> 

> On Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 11:29:35AM +0000, Todor Kondić wrote:
> > You know, there is a big IT department within our institution and telling 
> > them I will base some serious work on technologies such as GNU Guile and 
> > Guix did raise a few eyebrows (those not raised are probably the cause of 
> > their proprietors not being informed enough).
> > […]
> > Couple of notes:
> >
> > 1.  Are there any ladies on these lists? I am dying to hear from them
> > 2.  Related to (1) ... a brief look at the maintainers who signed the 
> > Joined Statement gives an impression that it leans heavily to the 
> > politically Western hemisphere; just a comment, maybe food for thought
> > 3.  The RMS scandal was brought to my attention by a female coder colleague 
> > who previously knew nothing of RMS's, or FSF's or GNU's work in the "Open 
> > Source Community"; another nibble for thought
> There have been few contributions from women,
> e.g.
> (I do not know what its status is), but I believe bringing GNU Guile
> to professional use could help diversify. Thank you for that!
> Regards,
> Florian

Hi Florian,

Thanks for the kind words.

The problem of diversification goes way beyond the eccentric, or repugnant 
(choose at your leasure) views of certain prominent members of our "community".
I've set up my workflows around Guix, git(lab) and a customised Emacs 
installation (instead of R Studio). My small team of science students (majority 
female, various cultural backgrounds), never previously exposed to a GNU system 
to such an extent, managed to get a handle on it quite impressively.

But, I doubt any of them would find it natural to take a step further and 
participate in GNU itself (ugh, now I sound like a preacher of a new age 
religion). To my knowledge, interaction within GNU communities is still mostly 
mailing lists and IRC. This _not_ my students' natural digital habitat. I am 
probably not saying anything new, though ...

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