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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jason_moorpark
Member since:
2007-10-22

Why is it that the more prominent open source figures are just arrogant?

Like RMS...

and Theo de Raadt (total loser)

ESR totally seems down to reality...

They are all very opinionated, only what they say matters. If they are called out on a remark they are like "so..". RMS at least doesn't tell you to just "F* Off" like Theo. Has anyone read any of his temper tantrums? Why is a guy like that so well respected when he is terrible to human beings? Just because he codes and supports open source? A lot of us do that....

Edited 2009-07-09 15:53 UTC

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sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

People support Theo in spite of his lack of tact because him, unlike Stallman, is more often right than not.

He doesn't even flame people much anymore and those that have been flamed lately deserved that and more.

In the end, this whole mess is Stallman's fault. Call your license copy-left and soon you have gathered thousands of weirdos like that David guy who have to be very stupid to:
- Not notice that it is a reference to a part of Emacs sub-culture(retarded as it might be).
- Feel offended when no female was.
- Publish private messages of a third party without authorization.

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PrimalDK Member since:
2005-07-12

Why is it that the more prominent open source figures are just arrogant?

Like RMS...

and Theo de Raadt (total loser)


Theo de Raadt is a "total loser"???

Quick scan of the Wikipedia article:

* founder of openbsd, which is FREE
* creator of openssh, which you're using if you use ssh
* came up with "NetBSD"
* co-ported NetBSD to sparc
* "talented" hacker
* security "guru"
* vocal advocate of free software
* strong proponent of free speech
* lobies for free drivers to the people

How about: "In particular, de Raadt has worked to convince wireless hardware vendors to allow the firmware images of their products to be freely redistributed. These efforts have been largely successful..."

"For this de Raadt was awarded the Free Software Foundation's 2004 Award for the Advancement of Free Software."

So, a software security expert, an extremely proficient coder, and a guy who isn't afraid to speak his mind.

Just like RMS and Linus.

And you call them "losers"...

Now, let's hear what you've done for the world, Jason.

Geez...you guys...

N.B. If you're not using ssh, why are you talking about software and the people writing it at all?

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