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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You say "it's all about timing", and I ask: "Who's timing"? Yours?

No. That of the expected audience. Both present and possibly reading transcripts, watching any recorded video, or listening to any recorded audio.

What is "inappropriate"?

That which could reasonably be expected to offend the audience, as specified above.

Who told you so?

In retrospect... I believe we can say: The Audience.

Did you make that decision on your own? Did your parents teach you?

No. The audience has.

What makes it right/true?

Not the point. The point is that he, as an FS leader, advocate, and as close a thing to an official representative as one can imagine, has exercised damned poor judgement and then denied responsibility. Metaphorically speaking, this is something like simply disappearing into the night after the "deflowering", leaving others to face the consequences.

Edited 2009-07-09 21:30 UTC

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