Miriam Ruiz
random thoughts on technology and life

{January 31, 2008}   I don’t understand why people keep using MySpace

The Atheist and Agnostic Group (35,000 members) has been deleted again from MySpace because some people find atheism offensive (translation to Spanish). It seems to be the second time MySpace has cancelled the group since November 2007. The Atheist and Agnostic Group was the largest collection of organized atheists in the world. In April, that group won the Excellence in Humanist Communication Award (2007) from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Secular Student Alliance.

{January 24, 2008}   Newer packages for Gnash – Not in Debian for the moment

I’ve prepared newer packages for Gnash, and put them available online (source packages here). I cannot put them in Debian yet, due to license uncertainties. Gnash is GPLv3, and so is Konqueror’s plugin. KDE is a mixture of licenses ranging from GPLv2 only, LGPL, GPLv2 or above, BSD. Nothing GPL3 there anyway, AFAIK. Qt used to be GPLv2 only, and even though it seems to be GPLv2 or above now, I’ve been told that the version in Debian is still GPLv2 only. GPLv3 and GPLv2 only are not compatible, and thus Gnash cannot be legally distributed in Debian yet, so if anyone wants it before this is sorted out, no other choice than getting them from outside of the official repositories. Another possibility would be to package everything but Konqueror’s Kparts plugin for the moment.

{January 23, 2008}   Juegos para la igualdad

El Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer de la Junta de Andalucía ha publicado una guía llamada “Nuevas formas de jugar: Guía para transformar los juegos tradicionales“, que busca usar los juegos para fomentar actitudes no sexistas y no violentas. El texto describe cómo la educación en la escuela influye sobre los roles de género, y cómo se pueden adaptar los juegos tradicionales para fomentar una educación cooperativa y coeducativa que pueda conducirnos a generar una sociedad mejor. A pesar de que desde muchos sectores poco permeables a una visión igualitaria de la sociedad en temas de género hayan criticado la idea, a mí me parece genial. Creo que los juegos y las técnicas de animación sociocultural en general son una herramienta muy potente de transformación social, y usarlas para promover la igualdad, la no violencia y la cooperación me parece indudablemente un paso adelante.

{January 16, 2008}   Sexism? Hostility?

The story seems to have started with Damog supporting sexism and xenophobia in Debian, followed by Bernhard’s comment about that not being tolerable under Debian’s flag. Aigarius replied kinda shocked that stopping verbal abuses and violence would be censorship. AJ clearly explained the reasons why that shouldn’t be tolerated in Debian, but Aigarius seems to keep thinking that poor jerks are being discriminated when they’re not allowed to insult us. Wouter seems to be tired of the whole topic. Am I missing any chapter?

Now my turn: We are on the right way. Since the Debian-Women project started, we have being able to achieve a friendly and non-sexist environment inside Debian, which is something that I’d really like to keep. It doesn’t really mind that a couple of people try to go back to a hostile environment. Trolls just do exist, I guess, but they are not representative of the general feeling of the people inside Debian. Damog, I won’t get the fuck out of here, like it or not. It seems to me that it’s just a couple of you who are happy to be in such an aggressive environment as the one you’re promoting. For what I know, most of Debian people are happy to live in peace. You don’t have social life? You don’t like it? That’s your problem, dude, but don’t ask us to leave ours. I respect you, you know I have always done. I’m just very disappointed with your comment. Really. Making fun of other people’s problems and traumas is simply bullying. I hope you think about it.

For the rest of Debian, keep up the good job. Right now my feeling is that the level of sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, hostility and unfriendliness in general inside Debian development’s world is below the average in the Free Software world. It’s nice to be there, and I’m really proud of belonging here, which is something I cannot say about every group in Free Software. I’d like to keep it that way. Sorry for the aggressiveness in this weblog entry.


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