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06.06.20

They Tell Us Linus Torvalds is Sexist But Evidence Suggests Otherwise

Posted in GNU/Linux at 10:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Likewise, there’s no good evidence that Richard Stallman is sexist (just opportunistic hearsay and misrepresentation)

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What % of those whom Torvalds blasted in mailing lists were not female? And as the only man in the house of feminists, does that fictional “sexist” narrative make any sense at all?

Summary: Torvalds and others who are middle-aged (or older) males are often torpedoed using weakly-backed allegations (or insinuations/innuendo) of sexism; that does not seem to matter and won’t matter when they treat men the same (or worse)

OUR previous article about the Linux Foundation has received over 13,000 reads, i.e. a lot more than the usual. So it must have struck a nerve. Torvalds “has been under attack for many years but it was as late as 2013 that the attacks became more coordinated and consolidated,” one person told us. “I suspect, but can’t prove, that it was the criticism of Nvidia and consequent defense of the GPL, which was the deciding factor in them collectively moving to take him out.”

“Maybe the problem is people who try to demonise Free software leaders by misusing the feminist cause. I’ve seen Torvalds writing loads of strongly-worded things, but rarely have I stumbled upon anything that’s even remotely misogynistic/chauvinistic. The same is true for Stallman.”The deeper we look into the attempt to oust Stallman (partly successful; he’s still in GNU), the more evidence we find that we didn’t see before, e.g. the degree to which IBM/Microsoft may have been behind it. Look at the demography and corporate affiliations, which aren’t publicly stated so one must dig. One can find October 2018 articles such as “IBM to acquire Red Hat in deal valued at $34 billion” (mere weeks after IBM-connected media caused Torvalds to pull away, we presume partly due to pressure from the Linux Foundation because of things we read at the times; sources sent us E-mails at the time alleging that IBM had played a role in it, trying to lower the price of Red Hat). Looking back at the whole thing, especially with new optics or a new set of spectacles, it’s starting to make a little more sense. Red Hat has long attempted to shoehorn its own replacements for things that worked absolutely fine, were modular, widely used and anti-monopolistic (by their very structural nature). Not so convenient when you’re trying to sell $2,000 annual support contracts for a server… systemd is now in most servers; all that systemd needs now is its own kernel.

Remember how back in 2009 they tried telling us that Stallman, who posts lots of feminism-themed news picks in his personal/political site, is “sexist” because he mentioned the word “virgins” (without even specifying a gender; men too can be virgins). Maybe the problem is people who try to demonise Free software leaders by misusing the feminist cause. I’ve seen Torvalds writing loads of strongly-worded things, but rarely have I stumbled upon anything that’s even remotely misogynistic/chauvinistic. The same is true for Stallman. Their most outspoken rants/outbursts were directed at men. If you want to see male-dominated culture, look no further than IBM. Hypocrites like these deserve the most condemnation.

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