Fake Linux fork pokes fun at feminism and diversity

In today's open source roundup: A fake Linux fork mocks feminism and diversity. Plus: How to customize Xfce, and MakuluLinux 2.0 Cinnamon released

The ToleranUX fake Linux fork

Open source has come under fire by some recently for lacking enough diversity. Now some jokesters have responded by creating a fake Linux fork that pokes fun at feminism and diversity in software development.

Sam Machkovech reports for Ars Technica:

On Friday, following comments made by Linux legend Linus Torvalds about diversity in the open source development community, a new Linux fork went online at Github, apparently to mock diversity advocates. Dubbed ToleranUX, the fork, created by a one-day-old Github account called The Feminist Software Foundation, was announced with a lengthy diatribe full of over-the-top mockery of feminist and diversity movements within the tech sector.

The fork's introductory text included a quote from Shanley Kane, founder of tech and culture essay publisher Model View Culture, that expressed disapproval of Torvalds' statements made at an Auckland open source conference on Thursday. Having no affiliation with the anonymous FSF group, Kane searched for the group's origins and found its creators discussing the joke fork at the image board site that resembles the likes of 8chan. (Kane declined to comment to Ars about this story.)

More at Ars Technica

You can get more information on the ToleranUX GitHub page:

ToleranUX (like UNIX, but with more Toblerone and Tolerance) is the world's first UNIX-like operating system kernel that adheres to the 21st Century modern tenets of Equality, Inclusiveness, and Tolerance. ToleranUX is created to revolutionise the Toxic Meritocracy that permeates the FLOSS (Free, Libre, and Open Source Software) world that has proved itself to be the crux of divisiveness, the cause of the gender imbalance in IT, and the bane of True Equality.

As did GitHub remove the problematic "Meritocracy" rug from their office, so now do we literally pull the rug from under the tyrannical and Patriarchal feet of Linus Torvalds. In light of the continued reign of Linus Torvalds as the immature, unprofessional, quick-to-anger, non-inclusive, white, cisgendered and male project leader dictator of the (in)famous Linux kernel, the Feminist Software Foundation has forked where no feminist has forked and reclaimed the software bits to all people.

This is the world's first operating system kernel by FEMINISTS, for FEMINISTS. Women and gay men with internalised misogyny/homophobia who are here to concern troll and sealion are not welcome.

More at GitHub

toleranux linux fork large Image credit: GitHub

Speaking of Linus, I had some thoughts of my own to share about him and the brouhaha associated with his recent remarks:

Being nice all the time means being fake. Nobody – not a single one of us – is nice all the time. We’re human beings and we have moods that change frequently. If one attempts to be nice twenty four hours a day, seven days a week then that person is putting up a false facade of niceness. It’s simply impossible to be nice all the time. I’d much rather deal with an honest and crabby person than a phony person anytime.

I’m not a programmer, but if I was dealing with Linus and he went nuclear on me, I’d return the favor and shoot my own thermonuclear warheads right back at him.

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How to customize the Xfce desktop environment

Xfce is a great desktop environment, but you can make it even better by customizing it to fit your preferences.

Gary Newell at About.com walks you through customizing Xfce:

I recently released an article showing how to switch from Ubuntu to Xubuntu without reinstalling from scratch. If you followed that guide you will either have a base XFCE desktop environment or a Xubuntu XFCE environment.

Whether you followed that guide or not this article will show you how to take a base XFCE desktop environment and customise it in a number of different ways including:

Adding panels
Adding items to panels
Adding launchers
Switching menus
Changing desktop wallpaper
Changing the desktop icons
Add a dash style interface
Adding a customised docking panel

More at About.com

MakuluLinux 2.0 Cinnamon released

The Xfce version of MakuluLinux has been in the news lately, but now there's an update to the Cinnamon version too.

The MakuluLinux site has details on the Cinnamon release:

MakuluLinux Cinnamon 2.0 (MCDE) is a continuation of the first release, 2.0 focus on updating, polishing, refining and fixing issues reported in the previous release. There are many little changes throughout the system to just give it a smoother and more refined feel. There is also some major changes in this release, some changes will be back ported to 1.1, some won’t. if your existing systems runs to your satisfaction then continue to use it and wait for the 1.2 patch that will back port some of these changes. If however you want all the changes you will need to download 2.0 and reinstall Cinnamon.

Based on Debian Testing ( Rolling release )
Based on PAE I686 Kernel ( Runs equally well on 32bit or 64bit systems )
Updated Cinnamon Core Desktop
Updated Core System Updates
Updated to Kernel 3.16.7
New shell theme + Bonus shell themes
New special Effects
New Wallpapers
New Extensions, Applets and Desklets
New Updated WPS office suite
2 new Games and Software
Optimizations lead to smaller ISO ( reduced by 170MB )

More at MakuluLinux

You can get MakuluLinux 2.0 Cinnamon via these links:



If the Xfce version has more appeal to you than Cinnamon, check out my review on Desktop Linux Reviews:

...this is the first time I’ve reviewed any version of MakuluLinux. I must admit that I am very impressed with it. It was quite stable for me, I didn’t experience any crashes or other problems. And it was also very speedy when it came to launching and running applications.

Makulu’s desktop also worked very well for me. Not only does this version use Xfce, but it adds some additional value to the overall Xfce experience by including Whisker Menu and Synapse. I also really liked the wallpapers bundled with this distro, and the Variety wallpaper manager made it very easy to manage them while also providing some additional functionality.

More at Desktop Linux Reviews

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