White Men-Dominated Fedora OS To Hire A Diversity Advisor
Fedora, an operating system based on the Linux kernel, is facing a odd problem that is lack of diversity. So the Fedora Council has decided to hire an advisor with the aim to make the operating system’s community diverse.
The work station announced via an article on its magazine: “To make Fedora a more diverse community, the Fedora Council (our new governance and leadership body) has an open position for a Diversity Advisor, and we need your help to find the perfect person for this role.”
Fedora OS is “open source” that entitles anyone from anywhere to contribute to its maintenance and development tasks. However, when the whole benefaction for Fedora comes entirely from white population and by male, then this becomes a sign of discontent and makes Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller write:
“Increased diversity is crucial to the future of open source. A range of contributors from varying backgrounds brings broader experience to the table, which makes for healthier projects — and ultimately better software.”
Fedora’s initiative for hiring a diversity adviser is quite interesting and praiseworthy. More interestingly, it is hiring the advisor in a volunteer position. Fedora has requested for help in searching the best person for the post.
The adviser will be tasked to ensure representation of diverse population in Fedora Contributor and user communities. In addition to this, the advisor will be supposed to work for giving equal contribution to male and female because the Fedora doesn’t want to be known merely as a guys club. The advisor will act as point of contact for “Fedora’s participation in third-party outreach programs and events.”
“This is not a token role; it carries full participation in Council consensus for any and all project issues relevant to diversity,” says Miller.
If we observe affairs of open source systems over the years, we realize that lack of diversity has remained a grave issue. This has sometimes instigated controversies. Such a controversy was exampled once by Linux founder Linus Torvalds when he said he didn’t care about diversity. His sentence “I don’t care about you; I care about the technology and the kernel—that’s what’s important to me,” led to a serious backlash. The Linux Foundation kinda sorta had to issue new “code of conflict” that proclaimed “personal insults or abuse are not welcome.”