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Ubuntu Increasing Its Diversity

Feb 12, 2011, 19:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amber Graner)

[ Thanks to Amber Graner for this link. ]

"Matt Zimmerman, Canonical CTO, with help from Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora and Benjamin Mako Hill, leads the effort for Ubuntu to adopt a diversity statement.

"The Ubuntu website states that "we aim to make Ubuntu a wonderful place to participate". We developed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct to set a standard for participants to accept each other in the spirit of cooperation, and have improved it over time to state these principles more clearly.

"It is implicit in our philosophy that these and other Ubuntu values should hold equally true for everyone. I would like to propose that we upgrade this to an explicit statement on behalf of the project...

"...To that end, I would like to propose a diversity statement for Ubuntu.

"—writes Matt Zimmerman on his Blog"

"However, it's more than just a statement. Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community manager has reached out to the Ubuntu Women Project (UW) for ideas on ways to promote diversity at the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS). Bacon in his weekly Community Q&A session this week even discusses various ways to combat the bad behavior that often keeps women from joining projects as well as ideas for ways the community can participate in helping to achieve a more diverse and welcoming community. Today, Bacon held the first of several upcoming meetings with UW team on the topic of "Increasing Diversity" at UDS."

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