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[5]: Boycott!!
by Disruptor on Mon 1st May 2006 06:53 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Boycott!!"
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Even though I don't take back any of my opinions, I'ld like to apologize if my tone was a bit arrogant - maybe I should be a little more calm. I have been in situations like the one Rms was in and I let that get into me while posting - I'm sorry. I shouldn't have done that.

Now for the Nvidia rep: Yes they would have _every_right_ to hand out flyers. They wouldn't be causing any problems - It's their right to do something like that. The reason Nvidia/ATI/whatever doesn't do stuff like this is not because they don't have the right - it's because they would get ridiculed for fighting for _profit_ so desperately. If I was an ATI guy I would really almost _welcome_ them to ridicule their company like this. And no -if they were quiet like RMS- I wouldn't be disrupted.

As for the cop: ok - we weren't there and any side could claim it's own version of the story, but _if_ the cop asked Rms to pass outside immediately (as the folks in the article claim) it sounds to me like he was in `I-order-you-comply' mode and didn't care to evaluate the situation at all. And afterall seeing a quiet guy holding a sign during a lecture doesn't make him elligible for driving him out ...

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