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Portland Linux/Unix Group: Contending With Our Culture of Discouragement

Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01
1900 Southwest 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

Take the stairs or elevator to the lower level and head East, though you will quickly lose orientation. Look for room 86-01 and note that the parking garage also provides access from a level below for $6, up from $1.50 or so. :(



Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting

Who: You!
What: Contending With Our Culture of Discouragement
Where: PSU, 1900 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

The Free Software/Open Source community appears to be at a crossroads.

A brave woman declared that "enough is enough" with the disturbing statements of a pivotal figure in the community and it rightfully cost that figure a number of prominent positions. Remarkably, she wasn't the first woman to challenge a foundation leader this year and help usher them to the door.

Responses to such confrontations have ranged from false narratives to the proposal of morality-enforcing licenses for software.

One theme however, is the chilling effect that disturbing, and at times unlawful behavior in the community causes, and the efforts to content with it. Why participate in communities with these issues? This passive discouragement is often combined with direct discouragement and countless forms of divisiveness.

Yet we press on, and work to resolve these bugs, one by one.

This meeting will be an open forum to share your experiences with discouragement in the free software/open source community. Trolls need not attend but will be educated by a panel of experts if they do.

ATTENTION! Thanks to a new security policy, attendees will need to enter through the 1900 SW 4th entrance by 8PM, just North of the 1930 SW 4th entrance adjacent to Hawaiian Express, formerly Taco Del Mar:


Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Ride shares to the Lucky Lab available

PLUG is open to everyone and does not tolerate abusive behavior on its mailing lists or at its meetings.