"The message in question was posted on November 23 by developer
Josselin Mouette to the list meant for important announcements for
"One of the women in question, Miriam Ruiz, who became a
developer in 2004 by joining the Debian Women project, told iTWire
she had not resigned and did not plan to do so because it would
send the wrong message, "that this kind of behaviour is a winning
strategy. I don't want to be sending that message. Secondly, I
don't want to flee leaving behind all the people - users and
developers- that are somehow depending on my work, some of whom
have been supportive."
"Sources say a second developer, whose identity is unknown, has
mentioned the possibility of resigning.
"Ruiz, who looks after 27 packages, said Mouette's post imitated
the style of certain kinds of spam, made a joke meant to offend
some people and reduced women to sexual objects."