I can’t really go on vacation without the world reminding me the day later how much I was right.
So nice, really. This is not the end, and many concerns are still there, but I see it as a small step forward. And an important one.
Also, not even time to beg Linux distributions to split Mono in safe and non safe and Miguel de Icaza announced the Mono team is about to do that of its own initiative.
So everything good right ? Nu. I get home and what do I find ?
Wow. And this:
The first meme being directed to Richard Stallman for citing ‘eMacs virgins’ in a speech and the other one only gods knows whom.
While the latter is just is yet another generalist campaign (like the infamous “hey, even double click is patented!”) the first is a frontal attack to Richard Stallman as a person: knives coming out all of a sudden.
While the video isn’t available yet, I have big doubts there is something even remotely offensive in such Stallman talk. It’s very easy to take feminism as an excuse, as many people (not just girls) will jump in no-matter-what without even knowing what it’s being talked about.
Curiously I haven’t read about (but I may have missed them) any reaction from women present at the conference, just from people with some level of involvement in Mono (and, after some time, some of their friends).
But there’s a good news for you Mono people, which I’d like to share:
You don’t have to be an idiot to properly develop in C#
Really! Scientific research has proven the proficiency in ECMA standardized languages to be completely unrelated from behaving like a total asshole (alcohol may). You can behave (!) and wonder what ? You won’t loose any skill. Not even packaging ones.
Further hint: the monkey Mono logo is meant to be a logo. Not an inspiration model for your behaviour in any way.
Using Feminism as a weapon
While the reasons why some female people may allow herself to embrace the campaign are totally understandable I am strongly convinced more consideration is needed.
Unsurprisingly many girls did not take part in this shameful attack. Perhaps they’re just uninterested or just unimpressed.
If I were in them though, I’d easily find a good reason to be offended. Using feminism is not ok. Because using feminism is the very same thing as using women. It’s using their past battles and personal frustration for questionable reasons.
Anybody willing to be fair (come on, just 1 time) ?
Is there any C# developer that has the guts to publicly dissociate himself from this absurd ad-hominem attack ?
I wonder if there’s any women out there that finds the happenings unfortunate and has some feelings to share.
Mackenzie reminds me that actually women have spoke out. And is offended by me not noticing she blogged about the issue 1 week ago. Her blog post was more about male feminists than on the RMS issue, but hey, I don’t want you to be offended.
Matt Zimmerman also claim I’m misguided:
@rickspencer3 the anonymous cowards have given way to the confident but misguided: [links to this article]
He and Rick Spencer were actually present at the conference. Rick in particular feels the RMS joke was creepy. Both claim I’m uninformed, but nobody brought up any new information about the speech at the time of writing this update.
Matthew Garrett to the rescue. He was kind enough to point to a transcript of the RMS speech. It may or not may be correct, but so far it’s the more objective element we have.
Then if you become a hacker you can celebrate that by having a foobar mitzvah, a ceremony in which the new hacker stands in front of the assembled congregation of hackers and chants through the lines of the system source code. And we also have the cult of the virgin of emacs. The virgin of emacs is any female who has not yet learned how to use emacs. And in the church of emacs we believe that taking her emacs virginity away is a blessed act.
The church of emacs has certain advantages compared with with other churches I won’t mention. For instance, to be a saint in the church of emacs does not require celibacy. Although for some of us hackers we wouldn’t notice the difference. But it does require living a life of moral purity. You must exorcise whatever proprietary evil operating systems have posessed the computers [...]
I encourage the reader to read the rest to get a better understanding of the context.
Photo credits: Casey West.