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Upside: My lunch with Richard

Aug 23, 2000, 08:11 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Yes, Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation leader who created a stir at last April's LinuxWorld, admonishing reporters to use "Gnu/Linux" instead of "Linux" and programmers to use "free software" instead of "open source," was a surprising no show."

"Suffice it to say, he was sorely missed. For beat reporters hungry for attention-getting quotes, it was like covering the NBA without Charles Barkley or Washington D.C. without James Carville: a good dish but not exactly a full meal. After all, this was the guy who, when receiving the Linus Torvalds Award and a check for $25,000 on behalf of the Free Software Foundation, quipped, "Giving the Linus Torvalds Award to the Free Software Foundation is a bit like giving the Han Solo Award to the Rebel Alliance."

"In an effort to cleanse my palate of the previous week's PR gumbo, I offered to meet the legendary Stallman for lunch at a restaurant of his choosing. Ironically enough, our meeting place was less than a penguin's flight away from the San Jose Convention Center."

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