__/ [ Rick ] on Tuesday 28 March 2006 16:29 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | The lax dress code of the open-source community is one of the reasons
>> | behind the software's slow uptake in commercial environments, says
>> | former Massachusetts chief information officer (CIO) Peter Quinn.
>> | [...]
>> | He pointed to the "sandal and ponytail set" as detracting from
>> | the business-ready appearance of open-source technology and
>> | blamed the developers for the inertia for business Linux
>> | adoption.
> How does 'industry' know how OSS developers dress, and even if
> they do, what does it matter?
People judge others based on first impressions, by smelling the very surface
and assessing by the only prominent clues that come to sight. Industry
supposedly knows what the so-called 'computer geeks' dress like, owing to
stereotypes. Programmers who do not write code for a living are assumed to
be incapable rather than people with principles and non-selfish drive. So,
disinformation propagates from mouth to hear. Television does not help
either. Neither does Dilbert, I guess. Either way, it should make no
difference, but people (not you) are largely prejudiced. Ask PK.
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