Remember how last September in a keynote speech at LinuxCon, Mark Shuttleworth (Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator For Life of the Ubuntu Linux project) made a series of comments including one about how “us guys” in the Linux community have trouble “explaining to girls what we actually do”? At the time, I posted an open letter to Mark, saying,
Iâ€™d like to invite you to think about the message youâ€™re sending to women in the Linux community, and, if you didnâ€™t mean to convey the message that weâ€™re technical illiterates and hard to educate, consider apologising publicly.
So, I’m glad to be able to report that the other day, in the comment thread on a post about “tribalism” on his own blog, he offered an apology after prompting by MÃ¡irÃn Duffy and Carla Schroder:
I apologize unreservedly to all offended by my poor choice of language on that or other occasions.
Better late than never! I know that several Ubuntu women I’ve spoken to are pleased and relieved that Shuttleworth finally apologised, even if it’s not a textbook apology. So, thank you, Mark. I hope you’ll continue listening to the women in your community, and think about the effects of your words in future.