Re: women in debian
i've managed to make my mother switch to linux in summer. i installed
everything for her and explained her the basics. i made the machine dual-boot
(win and linux) and i'm glad to say that she never booted win since linux was
installed. she really had the will to make the step to linux. she is very
interested in knowing more, and when there are problems i try to explain the
reasnons. e.g. some time ago my brother missconfigured her mail-client to use
sendmail on localhost. since the computer is being masqued, mails did not go
out. i explained her the important parts of the smtp protocol, and she was
glad to know _why_ things did not work as they should.
well, she is just a linux _user_, and it will take some time to show her the
benefits of e.g. the command-line. she is really interested to know what
happens "behind the scenes", but she is much to busy to expore the system on
anyways. she really learned to make her everyday-work with linux. she konws
how to kill hanging apps, how to open strange documents, and well, she has
her ways to get help (my brother, or if things are more complicated, myself).
i'm still waiting before i make the same steps with my father, because i feel
that it will be much more difficult to make him "move". he is used to his
envirnonment, and even changes make him worry.
i don't really think this is gender-specific, in this case... it's just
p.s. this was not really "women in debian", rather "people with linux" :)