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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Yamin
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2006-01-10

Not saying I agree with RMS on those things you call 'crazy', but...

I happen to think all of those positions could be argued rationally and a few of them are closer to the truth than the opposing beliefs. I *highly doubt* RMS is just ignorant on those issues.

I don't want to go into each of those crazy beliefs, as they're highly inflammatory and not worth diverting this thread.

Suffice to say, diversity includes diversity of ideas.

However, RMS does need to lose his virginity to that little voice in his head. He used unneeded inflammatory comments. His EMACS point could have easily been made without the conflict. I myself am an EMACS virgin. As a matter of fact, I'd say that EMACS has molested me in the ass. (did I offend the victim of sexual assault or gays there... totally unneeded to make my point.. which is the point ;) )

Whenever you give a presentation, you have to listen to that voice in your head that tells you what point an I trying to make... is this kind of language needed? Just as you don't say You Mother F**King POS whenever you're frustrated at some manager, you can also shield yourself from politically inflammatory language ;)

I'm as guilty as anyone of pushing the enveloper and poking fun while trying to make a point... suffice to say... I outgrew my teens.

Edited 2009-07-09 13:10 UTC

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samad Member since:
2006-03-31

It's not RMS who believes those things, it's ESR.

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