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Once again on RMS and sexism

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Guys and girls, stop picking on non-technical aspects of RMS‘s recent speech, pretty please. We’re the ones who fight for freedom every day. Let’s try to give people the freedom of speech even if we think they are wrong.

I do agree that RMS is not the voice of us all. In fact during recent years I’ve found myself in disagreement with his statements just as often as I appreciated the rest of his talks. I also don’t see Mono as a threat to any of us (and especially not us here in Europe).

Now to the sexism. While RMS is certainly not the most polite person on Earth, girls and ladies among the crowd should be perfectly capable of complaining themselves if they see fit. You know what is sexist? Treating all the women among us as a weaker sex. As another species. Now that’s sexism. It sure makes one feel special. But special as in that cute retarded kid next door everyone says hi to.

We’re software engineers, artists and writers, not wrestlers. Girls do know how to use words and if you want them to feel at home, let them protect that home.

And for $deity‘s sake, RMS is not an effing pope. You can just e-mail him directly with your complaints, you don’t have to start a public campaign against him. If all fails you can just not invite him next year or something.

Peace :)

Update: Oh, Christian is right too.

Hello world

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Patryk Zawadzki (ten points for pronouncing that right) and I’m a software engineer working for a company called ITS Ltd. While that might not ring a bell, shameless self promotion continues.

I am the one to blame praise for the rarian module’s name. I also did a fair amount of Cheese hacking as a Daniel‘s marionette slave (man, you really need to find yourself a proper blog with comments). Finally I am one of the authors of the recently proposed for inclusion Project Hamster.

I also get some work done as a PLD Linux developer and am quite active on the xdg list. The Libre Graphics Meeting 2008 attendees might also recognize me as the guy in the orange blouse (hi Behdad ;]).

As for the blog title — that’s a cheap mock of my other blog, called Room 303 which unfortunately is written entirely in Polish (make sure you visit and enjoy all the unpronounceable words with squiggly accents).

I hope one day I will make it to the Planet GNOME so I can actually post something interesting in the future ;). One love. Peace.