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Tribalism Is the Enemy Within, Says Shuttleworth

July 30th, 2010 07:57 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

climenole points out a post from Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth about internal strife in the free software community. He wrote,
“Tribalism is when one group of people start to think people from another group are ‘wrong by default.’ It’s the great-granddaddy of racism and sexism. And the most dangerous kind of tribalism is completely invisible: it has nothing to do with someone’s ‘birth tribe’ and everything to do with their affiliations: where they work, which sports team they support, which Linux distribution they love. … Right now, for a number of reasons, there is a fever pitch of tribalism in plain sight in the free software world. It’s sad. It’s not constructive. It’s ultimately going to be embarrassing for the people involved, because the Internet doesn’t forget. It’s certainly not helping us lift free software to the forefront of public expectations of what software can be.”

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