[nSLUG] Richard Stallman in Halifax
ak621 at chebucto.ns.ca
Wed Jan 28 09:59:51 AST 2009
On Wed, 28 Jan 2009, Daniel Morrison wrote:
> 2009/1/28 Daniel Enman <microburn at gmail.com>:
>> So everyone who went... do tell for those of us who couldn't make
>> it for one reason or another. How was it?
> It was 2 hours, 14 minutes, and eleven seconds from the start of
> introductions to when the stage dissolved into a mass of people
> collecting free stickers, immediately following the end of questions.
*** Ahh, a time freak! I love preciseness, Daniel! It should be
pointed out that the time included questions from the audience.
> It was thoroughly enjoyable, a few laughs, a relatively fast-paced
> tour through the philosophies of Free Software (although it did seem
> to bog down a little during the "Gnu-slash-Linux" plea).
*** I agree. However, one might expect there to be some of that
given his role in that system.
> The audience was large, generally receptive and well-mannered -- very
> quiet. I don't know the official count. My completely wild guess
> would be 500 or more.
*** I think at least 500 or 600.
> Nothing he said was particularly new (although there were topical
> jokes: Bush couldn't recognize freedom even after he crushed it).
> But the presentation was thorough and well-presented. An excellent
> introduction as well as a good review.
*** I thought some of his ideas were extreme, but I was receptive to
all of them. I'd say that most of the audience fell somewhere in
between the concept of complete freedom regarding software and its
development through to end user, versus proprietary, for-sale,
> There followed a long line-up for autographs, at which point I left --
> about 9:45pm.
*** I think I was there till about 10:15. I spoke with Richard for
a few minutes at the very end, mainly in relation to the somewhat poor
setup due to deficiency in the organisation of the lecture. Since this
is my professional field, I am more critical, but briefly, there
should have been proper lighting and Richard should have at least
been provided with water for his two-hour, plus talk. I also felt that
flash photography should have been prohibited.
I put blame on both sides: Richard (or his people) for not
specifying better in his contract rider as to exactly what was
required, and Dal tech crew for not better anticipating what a
lecturer might require, rider or not.
Regardless, in the end, I think that was mainly forgotten once the
lecture got into full swing. I was glad I went.
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