[Techtalk] Women's Linux Distro (could it become reality?)

Miriam English mim at miriam-english.org
Fri Sep 28 03:12:57 UTC 2007

Carla Schroder wrote:
> On Thursday 27 September 2007 12:49:35 pm Bethany Seeger wrote:
>> I guess what I'm not clear on is what would make a distro gear toward
>> any one sex?  
> ...the conclusion was "nothing".
>> I'm not looking for a flame here, I just don't understand the need for a
>> distro for women by women and am curious as to why some might want one. 

I think it's the wrong question.

I don't think a distro by women would *necessarily* be better or worse 
or even different from any other -- it could well be 
better/worse/different/same, but I doubt sex would have much to do with it.

It is a great chance to learn and an opportunity to question the 
underpinnings of all we simply accept. How much do we put up with, just 
thinking, 'Oh well, this is just what we have to deal with using any OS' 
when it isn't necessarily true. If we work only on existing distros then 
little will change.

I'm not saying we should drop existing distros (I enjoy using most of 
the OSes on my machines) but I think questioning things and looking at 
things differently is a worthwhile thing to do... even if we never 
actually build anything. At the very least it might just lay the 
groundwork so someone can build on that.

Questioning what we take for granted is extremely difficult. Avoiding 
obstacles we can't see is nearly impossible... especially if we never 
even try to see them.


	- Miriam

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