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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RMS is overrated
by John.Gustafsson on Thu 9th Jul 2009 23:33 UTC
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I find that RMS contribution to computing is quite overrated and that there are many others that are as large or larger contributers to computing as we know it today. I don't see him contributing with anything for a very long time even, and he more than counters anything that he has contributed with his arrogance and tenacious closemindedness.

I don't like his world view where he is some sort of infallible god who is the only one that knows what is right for humanity and likes to use the word "evil" about anyone not sharing his point of view. Doing that as a public figure, which he is, will stop me from respecting whoever acts that way. This joke and his lack of communication skills is kind of the tip of an iceberg really. Plus making jokes about emacs in 2009? Wishing it was still 1979 anyone?

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RE: RMS is overrated
by PrimalDK on Fri 10th Jul 2009 00:12 in reply to "RMS is overrated"
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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...'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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