What RMS, Torvalds and the like cost us 

Mom: "I've been trying to figure out what to call you when I talk to other people since we're not using 'Son', but 'Kid' or 'Child' sound so infantile."

Me: "Heir, Progeny, Offspring, Spawn..."

Read how RMS reacted a decade ago to criticism and compare it to how he's acting today... Just as petulant as ever— RMS is never wrong or full of shit, just misunderstood.

There are plenty of smart people out there that aren't "misunderstood" as consistently, or who handle criticism badly as this jerk.

Get better role models.


Every time you think: "But what about all the good things he did", consider: "What about all the people and potentially great contributions we lost because of him."

#RMS #FreeSoftware

We don't need leaders any more. We never did.

Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.


This just turned into a real good week to easily figure out who you don't want working on your open source project.

Linux is more than Linus.

GNU and the FSF are more than RMS.

How about we see what kind of movement we can build if we centre the kind of people that the assholes and creeps of F/LOSS drove away?

RMS and the free software community 

Can't possibly think why, but I'm re-reading Weizenbaum's "Science and the Compulsive Programmer", which was his dig at hacker culture at CSAIL when rms was there. (Some parts quoted here: sac.edu/AcademicProgs/Business )

welcome to mastodon where pronouns are mandatory but gender is optional


"education shouldn’t prepare people for the jobs of the future: it should give them the power to decide what kinds of jobs there are and to ensure that those jobs are worth doing" AGH YES THIS IS MY JAM

The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.

in the alternate socialist present, i am herding goats with a cane and melody while replacing batteries in the mesh routers the ‘ware guild has hung from trees. later i dine at the village commissary and watch a movie projected on the side of a barn.

"y'all" is a power word. Deliberately gender inclusive to those who know better. Slightly folksy and charming to those who don't.


There are some people who pay attention to how balanced a conversation is and, when they notice that someone has not been able to speak as much as they wanted, they give them a chance to talk, even if it derails the conversation.

I always appreciate it and I should be more explicit in my gratitude for them.

me, age 14: what, no, I'm not a baby! I'm a real gamer who plays real video games! I don't need a baby mode!

me, age now: yes, I'm a baby. give the baby mode to me, the baby

a conversation that never happened 

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