Do women matter in FOSS projects?
When will women be taken seriously in the FOSS community? 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.
A brief bit of background, developer Josselin Mouette made some offensive comments on the debian-developer-announce mailing list in November. Messages from this list are not limited to developers and go out to many of the other Debian mailing lists.
Mouette followed this up with an even more offensive post on his own blog - and this, as is usual, was published by Planet Debian, which aggregates blog postings from developers.
The strange thing about this episode is that it looks like the FOSS community seemingly doesn't want to know about it.
Apart from iTWire, there wasn't a single story about it by any other site.