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Do women matter in FOSS projects?

That's a question that needs to be asked after the Debian GNU/Linux project garnered headlines earlier this month over an offensive mailing list post that had at least two women considering whether they would continue their involvement in the project.
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In February this year, Debian developer Russell Coker wrote an inoffensive post titled “An obstacle for women in the IT industry.” But he ended up attracting so many comments from people who were offended by it, that he took the entry off his blog.

A number of people gave Russell a roasting about his post. Self-styled open source advocate Pia Waugh made a number of patronising comments about the post which took as its starting point an entry in a Lenovo salesman's blog. Of course, when real women are offended and say so, people like Waugh go missing.

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