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Personally, I breakdown my approach in to "technical" and "non-technical" classes of people, rather than men or women. I've found that gender really doesn't make a difference, when talking computers. I've found that the technical experience of the person I'm talking to dictates the path of the conversation.
PC users have the same concerns and frustration, whether they're a man or a woman. My wife enjoys working with our home PC much more, now that we've switched to Linux. She mentions it to her friends and co-workers, and talks about the same things I would talk about if I were to discuss the matter with a male co-worker of mine.
Security, stability, flexibility, free / low cost software.... it all seems to be the same issues no matter what the gender.
What makes a women any different than a man when it comes to these types of decisions? There are too many factors and levels to play out but really it doesn't matter, do it the same for all people. Give it to them technically and if they got an face of misunderstanding, break it down further and into more simple terms in a way they can understand.
I talk to my girlfriend in geek and she'll flat out tell me afterwards, I didn't understand one bit you just said. So I make my approach differently until she tells me.. ahh.. now I get what your saying.
Women are no different than men though, it just really depends on their own knowledge. My dad for instance, "what is this linux?"... "windows XP, never heard of it! Dad, your running XP you nitwit.."
Originally posted by SharpyWarpy
Doesn't make any difference. Talking about it only widens the gap, leave the girls alone and let them decide for themselves.
I'm not sure I understand the purpose of this question. Suppose you were to substitute a different OS, eg, How would you promote Windows to women? That's as baffling as the original.
In the marketing arena, the only successful way to promote something is to demonstrate to the customer that it either does something better than its competitors, or that it will fulfill a customer need which currently is unmet. Whether that customer is male or female is irrelevant. -- J.W.
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I installed Mandrake on my gf's imac while she was out of town. When she complained, I refused to reinstall mac OS and gave her a couple of Linux books to read. Now she's as linux savy as any other non-professional linux user.
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male or female doesnt make a difference.
It depends on the individual and there desire to learn,change,have fun and be apart of open source.
too many women are clueless about computers, let alone Linux. There's just too much peer pressure. No one's going to point and stare when a man tells a crowd that he compiled his own kernel. But for women, it's different. In order for more women to be interested in Linux, Linux has to lose the geeky image, which I don't foresee any time soon.