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Why Debian (Women)?

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Hello again everybody :)

Time I had another cuppa...

But to the gist:

On 23/04/2005, at 4:34 PM, Helen Faulkner wrote:

What do you think is different about Debian or Debian Women that makes
you feel more welcomed here compared with other places?  What are we
doing right and wrong in that, do you think?  I would like to have
Debian Women as welcoming as possible to the "right" kind of person (ie
people who are genuinely interested in Debian and in increasing the
participation of women in Debian), so comments about that are always

What has been different here ... I was actually invited to participate. Everywhere else I have blundered into the translation situation. Christian is a great co-ordinator: he interested me in the job, gave me all the information I needed (most of which he and others had evidently spent a lot of time and effort preparing for everyone involved), and helped me out whenever I needed it. God only knows when he sleeps. :D He may not get to, until I have my svn working...

So that was the start. I started looking around at Debian. I was then very impressed by the standard of the Debian .po files. Somebody has, or a number of people have spent a lot of time and effort in producing really well-checked and well-set-out .po files, and that helps the translator so much. For once, I felt not completely alone in the job. I have some support from the other two active translators on my team, but we're spread very thin, so it has been an isolated task.

What I read about Debian helped me understand why my son, a notoriously demanding and hard-to-convince person, is so enthusiastic about Debian. You not only have an ethos, you live it. There are certainly people elsewhere trying to create positive change in OSS, but here there seem to be more of them working together. At least, that is the impression I get at this stage. I find it encouraging.

Then Christian emailed me about this group, and asked me to join. That was another, and very welcoming act, and I appreciated it very much. Like the translation info, the Debian Women info online is well-set-out and easy to access; it's also personal, which is something the OSS arena tends to lack, and a critical element for women, in my experience. We are very good at networking and supporting each other, so any isolated or impersonal arena disempowers us significantly.

If there's one thing disability teaches you, it's a fundamental appreciation for life in any form, but particularly life that makes the most of what it has. Debian in general, and Debian Women in particular, appear to be good example of that: "it's not the cards you're dealt, it's how you play the game".

from Clytie (vi-VN, team/nhóm Gnome-vi)

Clytie Siddall--Renmark, in the Riverland of South Australia

Ở thành phố Renmark, tại miền sông của Nam Úc
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