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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Freedom of speech is dead
by hurdboy on Thu 9th Jul 2009 17:29 UTC
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...when people believe there's an overriding right to go through life never being offended.

Unfortunately, this attitude is pervasive in many places (a special hello to academia) these days.

Were RMS's remarks unfunny and juvenile? Of course they were. There's lots of nerds who can't tell a joke to save their lives.

But the comments here are largely spot on. Didn't like his attitude? Don't buy him another plane ticket.

Back in college, most of the women coders I knew were hardcore EMACS users. Many of the guys were using vi/vim. I found it sort of odd, but personal preference, I guess. (I much prefer EMACS, and only use vi when there is no other real editor on the system. I can remember one time using sed, just because doing what I needed to do in vi was such a PITA).

A final thought -- at least he didn't sing them the Free Software Song. I think I'd rather be waterboarded.

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