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Richard Stallman, Leadership, and Sexism

Jul 20, 2009, 16:34 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"The controversy centers on Richard Stallman's keynote address on July 4. While I have been unable to find a complete transcript of the address, two parts of it apparently generated controversy: Stallman's remarks on why Mono and .NET (C#) should not be used in free software, and his "Saint Ignucius" comedy routine, in which he made a comment that was condemned as sexist.

"Defenders of Stallman suggest that the accusation of sexism is an underhanded response to his remarks on Mono. However, while that may have been a motive in some cases, there is little evidence that it was.

"Chani Armitage, a KDE developer, blogged about the sexism. KDE is a desktop where Mono development is in its earliest stages and the average developer extols the Qt toolkit too much to be overly interested in another one."

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