Apr 262014
 

The GNOME Foundation is an organization that develops GNOME, a desktop environment consisting completely of free software that runs on Linux and other Unix like operating systems.  Recently, the GNOME Foundation ran out of money because of their involvement in the Outreach Program For Women.  According to the GNOME Foundation’s website, “The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) helps women (cis and trans) and genderqueer get involved in free and open source software.”  Karen Sandler, one of the organizers of the OPW, resigned as executive director of the GNOME Foundation just a couple of weeks before the GNOME Foundation revealed it had financial troubles.

People involved with the GNOME Foundation have been trying to do damage control by saying that the GNOME Foundation only administered the OPW.  This is half true.  Because the GNOME Foundation administered the OPW, it was on the hook for paying OPW expenses.  Since the OPW program hired interns, the GNOME Foundation had to pay those interns even though the money that should have been used to pay them had not been collected yet.  The GNOME Foundation ended up providing no interest loans to the OPW which drained the financial reserves of the GNOME Foundation.

What has happened to the GNOME Foundation is a sober warning to any company or organization in the tech industry that believes it needs more women.  If just administering the OPW can give the GNOME Foundation financial troubles, then more of this sort of thing will cause companies and organizations in the tech industry to go bankrupt.  It is also not a coincidence that over the same time that the GNOME Foundation got involved with the OPW, GNOME lost most of its user base.  Clearly, the GNOME Foundation decided that outreach to women was more important than producing good software.  If the tech industry wants to produce good software, it needs to focus on that and not on meaningless outreach programs.

  22 Responses to “The GNOME Foundation Has Become A Sober Warning To The Tech Industry”

  1. Sometimes I think we should just let PC feminism go right ahead – give them enough rope and let them hang themselves.
    Other times I think that what will actually happen is that, like the Roman Empire, we will gradually crumble under the continuing onslaught of PC feminism.

    And then occasionally, I see more and more people becoming MRAs and think there is hope.

    • I sometimes think like that, but when you realise just how deeply entrenched that kind of nonsense in today’s society, if you left feminsm hang itself, it could well hang all of society as well.

  2. I understand an individual falling for “Sweetie pie, can I just borrow $20 till Tuesday? No interest, no collateral, no income stream, I really need the cash … oh hai, it’s Tuesday, can I borrow another $20? Just till Monday week.” – but an incorporated body ‽‽

    • I understand an individual falling for “Sweetie pie, can I just borrow $20 till Tuesday? No interest, no collateral, no income stream, I really need the cash … oh hai, it’s Tuesday, can I borrow another $20? Just till Monday week.” – but an incorporated body ‽‽

      The GNOME project is a nonprofit made up mostly of men passionately devoted to producing software. So I can understand how it might not have the ability to deal with people who don’t give a shit about anything except themselves. Looks like the organization ran headlong into a brick wall on this one.

  3. I can’t tell what part of this I like the most. that feminism demonstrably destroys everything it touches, or that if it doesn’t the entire tech industry will crumble and women will be forced back into their traditional roles in order to survive.

  4. Oh, more lulz:

    “The GNOME Foundation staff and board fell behind in their processes with being overwhelmed by administering OPW.”

    IOW, zillions of conflicting little demands from all the special snowflakes each wanting special treatment or she’d get butthurt and complain to the internet about how patriarchial, misogynistic and homophobic the GNOME project is.

    Oh, and I’ll bet that 90% of the people in the OPW project simply can’t fucking code and were demanding to be hand-held by the admin staff. “Programming is hard – someone must be to blame for this!”

    If they *could* code, they *would* be doing it, and wouldn’t need some sort of special project to make it possible. The very premise of OPW: “helping X, Y and Z get into open-source programming” is ludicrous. It’s open-source.

  5. A comment recently in the Daily Telegraph from speedofdark •

    Blair’s government actually was successful in introducing much of the infamous Frankfurt School agenda.and just for Hodges sake I will show the key points of that programme again, below:

    To further the advance of their ‘quiet’ cultural revolution – but giving us no ideas about their plans for the future – the School recommended (among other things):

    1. The creation of racism offences.
    2. Continual change to create confusion
    3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
    4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
    5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
    6. The promotion of excessive drinking
    7. Emptying of churches
    8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
    9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
    10. Control and dumbing down of media
    11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

    One of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of ‘pansexualism’ – the
    search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women. To further their aims they would:

    • attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
    • abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
    • abolish all forms of male dominance – hence the presence of women in the armed forces
    • declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’

    Munzenberg summed up the Frankfurt School’s long-term operation thus: ‘We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks.’

    Does this look familiar?

    • Do you have any documented evidence from original sources written by the Frankfurt School that they believed any of this?

      • “They” didnt believe anything

        They were responsible for drawing up the plans to create todays marxist liberal socially engineered society

        Various groups tried socially engineering various countries using the exact above methods, prior to implementing it on a global scale

        The jews who control the courts & the media, introduced radical feminism into ww1 germany

        Prior to that, various groups posing as radicals & socialists tried to introduce radical feminism into medieval europe

        The Frankfurt School & Tavistock, are 2 of the more well known think tanks

        Pretty much everything we see or hear is socially engineered by hundreds of think tanks

        Dynasties & the super rich, no longer conquer countries

        They socially engineer them

        • If you want records & documents by these societies & U.S governments own documents officially stating they follow the policies laid out by think tanks such as the Frankfurt school

          Alan Watt has probably the most thoroughly documented records & official government wide evidence on the net

          Also if you look at the handbooks & guides by most agencies such as MI5, the FBI & CIA, theyre filled with guidelines from socially engineering think tanks on marxism etc

        • @PMAFT apologies for the incoming wall of text lol …

          The Frankfurt School were a group of Marxist Jewish intellectuals

          The institute’s first director, Carl Grünberg, set it up as a center for research in philosophy and the social sciences from a Marxist perspective.

          After Max Horkheimer took over as director in 1930, the focus widened.

          Leading members, developed a version of Marxism known as “critical theory.”

          They formulated influential aesthetic theories and critiques of capitalist culture.

          Later they had a role in the formulation of postwar sociological theory. After their period of exile, the institute returned (1949) to Frankfurt, where Jürgen Habermas became its most prominent figure.

          See M. Jay, The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research 1923–1950 (1973, repr. 1996); R. Geuss, The Idea of a Critical Theory: Habermas and the Frankfurt School (1981); R. Wiggershaus, The Frankfurt School (1994); T. Wheatland, The Frankfurt School in Exile (2010).

          Read more: Frankfurt School | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/society/frankfurt-school.html#ixzz30EPChCal

        • And none of this is an original source written by the Frankfurt School saying that they had a unified political agenda to do things like “destroy the family”. Given that never had a unified theory or any political agenda in the US, I think it’s safe to say that everything that’s attributed to the Frankfurt School is bunk. Plus, Frankfurt School conspiracy theories are anti-MGTOW shaming language so we should distrust Frankfurt School conspiracy theories on that basis alone.

        • & this …

          Political Correctness

          The Adorno-Benjamin analysis represents almost the entire theoretical basis of all the politically correct aesthetic trends which now plague our universities.

          The Poststructuralism of {{Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault,}} and {{Jacques Derrida,}} the Semiotics of {{Umberto Eco,}} the Deconstructionism of {{Paul DeMan,}} all openly cite Benjamin as the source of their work.

          African-American Studies Department has procured a ban on {Othello}, because it is “racist,” or how a radical feminist professor lectured a Modern Language Association meeting on the witches as the “true heroines” of {Macbeth}.

          These atrocities occur because the perpetrators are able to plausibly demonstrate, in the tradition of Benjamin and Adorno,

          That Shakespeare’s intent is irrelevant; what is important, is the racist or phallocentric “subtext” of which Shakespeare was unconscious when he wrote.

          The reasons given are pure Benjamin. It is not that these modern writers are better, but they are somehow more truthful because their alienated prose reflects the modern social problems of which the older authors were ignorant!

          Students are being taught that language itself is, as Benjamin said, merely a conglomeration of false “names” foisted upon society by its oppressors, and are warned against “logocentrism,” the bourgeois over-reliance on words.

      • Unfortunately for PMAFT who thinks everythings a conspiracy theory, the Frankfurt School is well documented

        A quote from academia.org

        http://www.academia.org/the-origins-of-political-correctness/

        What is “Political Correctness”? by William S. Lind

        “Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Wilhelm Reich, Eric Fromm and Herbert Marcuse – “FROM THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL” to name the most important – – had to contradict Marx on several points.

        They also said that the working class would not lead a Marxist revolution, because it was becoming part of the middle class, the hated bourgeoisie.

        Who would? In the 1950s, Marcuse answered the question: a coalition of blacks, students, feminist women and homosexuals.”

        & then theres this …

        You want proof?

        Heres a lecture by Herbert Marcuse himself over at counterfem…

        Even counterfem covers this shit, EVERY SINGLE MRA knows this shit except for you …

        http://counterfem.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/herbert-marcuse-lecture-at-stanford.html

        AAAND A PDF OF Herbert Marcuses own lecture FROM THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL …

        http://platypus1917.home.comcast.net/~platypus1917/marcuse_marxismfeminism.pdf

        Seriously PMAFT quit being so fucking clueless, not everythings a conspiracy, jesus fucking christ …

        Some choice quotes to prove my point …

        “Feminist socialism will have to develop its own morality, which will be more, and other, than the mere cancellation of bourgeois morality”

        “Women must become free to determine their own life, not as wife, not as mother, not as mistress, not as girl friend”

        • From books written by the Founders of the Frankfurt School …

          “Following Karl Marx, the School stressed how the ‘authoritarian personality’ is a product of the patriarchal family—it was Marx who wrote so disparagingly about the idea of the family being the basic unit of society. All this prepared the way for the warfare against the masculine gender promoted by Marcuse under the guise of ‘women’s liberation’ and by the New Left movement in the 1960s.

          They proposed transforming our culture into a female-dominated one.”

          & this shit RIGHT HERE!!!

          “In 1933, Wilhelm Reich, one of their members, wrote in The Mass Psychology of Fascism that matriarchy was the only genuine family type of ‘natural society.’ ”

          “Eric Fromm was also an active advocate of matriarchal theory.

          Masculinity and femininity, he claimed, were not reflections of ‘essential’ sexual differences, as the Romantics had thought

          but were derived instead from differences in life functions, which were in part socially determined.’ ”

          His dogma was the precedent for the radical feminist pronouncements that, today, appear in nearly every major newspaper and television programme.””

        • None of these are an original source showing that the Frankfurt School had a unified political agenda to promote feminism. Members of the Frankfurt School like Theodor Adorno were hated by feminists. Adorno had problems with feminists disrupting his lectures and public appearances.

          The Frankfurt School conspiracy theory is nothing but (de facto) anti-MGTOW bullshit from tradcons.

  6. The islamic & muslim arm of Marxism & radical feminism ..

    “Yet philosophy and logic as understood today are in large part a credit to Islamic civilization.

    We hear today about the “Frankfurt School” of philosophy, for example – but there was once a “Baghdad school” under the Abbasid empire. There was a Granada school. There was [tenth-century Abbasid philosopher] Al-Farabi’s seminal work of political philosophy, The Ideal State. There was Al-Kindi, Averroes, and Avicenna. “

  7. The greatest irony here is that if we allow feminism to run rampant it will crash head-on into other PC ravages like unbridled latino immigration to Canada and USA, african/indian/paki immigration to Europe/Australia/NZ and the implementation of Islamic courts in the named regions. The inherently atrocious ways that third world cultures treat women will not only delay “feminism progress” in the west, but it will cause them to re-direct their frustration at the local middle/upper class European-descent men and lash out at them for the bane of PC.

  8. I’ll bet Ms Sandler chalked that up on her resume and went on to a higher profile tech executive job with even higher pay and lots of good ideas about building outreach to women and GBTLMNOPQ.

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