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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"Exercised poor judgement"?

The audience is a meassure of what is poor judgement?

I think you are preaching the masses being right *because* they are the masses. RMS seems to me to be just the character to revolt against that notion, with which I - like him - disagree.

I like my freedom of speech, which is why I'll joke about subjects that are "inappropriate" like, say, religion, no matter who might take offense. The people who do can then exercise their freedom of speech and joke about something else. The key is to *not make it personal*, and "women" is not a personal pronoun.

RMS works *for* the masses, which will just as soon judge him for cracking "the wrong joke" as hail him for the relentless work he's put into securing their freedom.

History repeats itself.

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