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: Free as in speech.
by PrimalDK on Fri 10th Jul 2009 02:14 UTC in reply to "Free as in speech."
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I chuckled when I read that he gets paid to make these speeches. I'm going to check his website for a copy of his speech and start charging to make the same speech myself. Of course, if I make any changes, such as removing any unnecessary sexist remarks, I'll be sure to post a copy of my version on my website.

He's hired to make speeches because people want to hear him speak. He's paid because that's a common way of balancing efforts. You can hardly accuse the man of being your average financial vampire, can you?

I'll assume if I ask you to come give a speech here at my company, you'll be happy to do so for free, no expenses paid?

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