This BOF featured Erinn Clark from the Debian Women Project

The Debian Women Project

  • The original idea: Get more women involved in Debian, especially in technical parts of the project.
  • Provide a starting point for women, who want to get involved in the Debian project
  • Currently: 8 women involved in the Debian project, (~9 women have ever been Debian-Developers)
  • Problems addressed:
    • It's hard to get into the Debian Project (even if you're a man) => might scare off women very likely

    • Women who were interested in development, were rejected for many different reason
  • Motivation of the Project: Can we make a difference?

Women & Open Source Software in general

  • Distinction between technical and non-technical work
  • Most women are involved in non-technical parts of a project
  • Example: OpenOffice.org-Marketing project - mainly driven by women

  • Cultural problem: technology unfortunately is often considered a male thing

Women & Ubuntu

  • Why are there no women involved in Ubuntu development? It's a case of scale of the project!
  • Major Plus: Ubuntu is newer than Debian
  • This means: We can do everything to not run into the problems other projects face(d)
  • First Part of this philosophy: Code of Conduct
    • Whether it works, has still to be proved (so far, so good)
    • If there is something like Code of Conduct, "unsocialiced people" are more likely to not show up in the Ubuntu project
    • Adaption of behavoir:
      • Most people on mailing list and irc act according to the Code of Conduct
      • New users first watch and then act the same way
    • Meetings on IRC tend to be more like a true conversation

Possible actions to take

  • Docs should be more precise, more documentating the "process" of doing something (esp. bug reporting, because it's an important task and the task with the most cryptic docs)
  • Women shall be more "visible": encourage all female users you know to get involved!
  • Encourage women to go to conferences (or sponsor them!)
  • New project: a question day
  • Learning together, mentoring on a local scale (local teams)
  • More social events
  • Adding something more specific about sexism into the Code of Conduct
  • Use gender-neutral language in any language
  • Encourage women to use female nicks on IRC
  • There should be a doc on how people can help the project
  • Go to schools, attract young people to Ubuntu
  • Promoting Ubuntu in Cybercaf√©s
  • A ubuntu-love / ubuntu-family mailing list
  • Something similiar to debian-jr
  • Marketing targeted at female customers: Use it, even if you are a woman

WomenInUbuntu (last edited 2008-08-06 16:24:47 by localhost)