Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y During the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Richard M. Stallman of the Free Software Foundation (and the Superfluous Introduction Award goes to...) gave a keynote speech. Said keynote speech raised a few eyebrows in the Free software community because of a number of questionable remarks regarding women in technology. David "Lefty" Schlesinger, member of the GNOME Advisory Board and active in the mobile open source community, took issue with RMS' remarks and decided to call him out on it. The response he got was... Less than satisfying.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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If it's no big deal for Stallman, why can't he go "my bad.. bad joke.. sorry for that" and move on? Jokes fail but a good speaker will accept that for what it is, not get evasive and defensive.

You don't understand what Stallman means when he says " Its no big deal" He means that other people shouldn't be offended. He does think its a valid, funny joke. And thus, he's not going to apologize.

My own opinion is that they are both wrong. Stallman isn't very funny. The whole bit is a long running inside joke, and thus not funny to the people who didn't create it. And viewed from the outside, with out an understanding of Stallman and the joke, it could be mildly offensive to people. But, if those same people were to spend a little time familiarizing themselves with the joke, they should understand that it was not meant to be offensive.

Its like a much less funny version of the "Spring Time for Hitler" sketch from "The Producers". Not meant to be offensive, but could really be offensive.

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