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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It's really hard to tell
by Denbish on Thu 9th Jul 2009 19:38 UTC
Denbish
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2009-03-25

It's really hard to tell if what he said was all that offensive without hearing EXACTLY what he said. The way it was described was not clear enough for me to make that judgment.

A few points:

1. He is one of the original old-school hackers, and the ethic there very much is, if you are offended that is your problem.
2. He does in fact have diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome, doesn't he? I believe his unofficial biography notes that.
3. At any rate, his biography pretty much makes it clear that he's frequently (by the standards of society at large) rude and inconsiderate, and on a few occasions in the book, has had downright childish fits. Whomever invited him got what they paid for.

In my opinion, when it comes to inviting speakers you are inviting the person because of who they are, so if you didn't like it then you shouldn't have invited him. He's been doing these same jokes for years. If the conference you went to invited him and you were offended, complain to the conference, but Stallman's just being Stallman.

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