Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Apr 2006 16:10 UTC, submitted by Mitarai
GNU, GPL, Open Source "When Richard Stallman learned that a compiler architect from ATI would be speaking at MIT, he immediately started organizing a protest against ATI's damaging free software policies. It all started, like most good protests, with a trip to Kinko's printing to make a sign. The request came from Richard Stallman for a 3'x2' sign, mounted and able to be carried with one hand easily. Several frustrating minutes with Inkscape, two trips to the store and one foam-core backing later, we had our sign, and it stated our message clearly in black letters on white background."
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RE: Woah
by Theophilos on Sun 30th Apr 2006 23:41 UTC in reply to "Woah"
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It was not really aimed at pursuading ATI so much as it was aimed at pursuading the audience. I am sure that most of the sort of people who attend speeches by ATI are aware of the FSF, but that does not mean that they are necessarily aware of the FSF's or RMS's stance on the subject. Not only are they now aware of his views, but they will likely think enough of this disturbance (caused by the organizers, not RMS) to give the matter attention that it might not have received at all and then make an informed decision, which may mean only supporting vendors with open specs (at least that is RMS's hope).

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