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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RE: RMS is overrated
by PrimalDK on Fri 10th Jul 2009 00:12 UTC in reply to "RMS is overrated"
PrimalDK
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2005-07-12

John,

Maybe he should join a marketing department in one of the companies you buy your software from? He certainly got you to respond, and his joke about the relic editor he wrote seems to, most effectively, have woken up the Women's Rights movement.

Contributions...hmm...let's see:

emacs : 7,880,000 hits.
gcc : 20,300,000 hits.
gdb : 16,100,000 hits.

Of course, that's not indicative - there are certainly other things named "gcc" and "gdb", and those two pieces of old tech certainly haven't contributed *that* much to the software demography in the past 20 years. Say, compile Linux and Mac OS X, and - until recently, all the other BSDs as well.

Nothing like the Windows(r) compiler, say - what's its name again? Oh, right: Visual Studio(r).

Let's try "gpl": only 59,600,000 hits...

Nah...it's all just politics:

Linux, MySQL, Yahoo, Apple, Google, and 128,539 pieces of software on SourceForge must be wrong.

Stallman just doesn't cut it.

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