Why does the Open Source movement still comes across as the realm of hackers, geeks and strange people with half grown beards? Why do some people refuse to consider the movement seriously? No offense to the big guy, but Richard Stallman may be one of the reasons why. I had the opportunity to meet a real, live hacker face-to-face, and it wasn’t something I could pass over. So Vivek, Nandu and I went over and listened to a big fat guy, belligerent, bloated and haggard, wearing a T-shirt that didn’t cover his stomach and a pair of sweat-pants that came up often as he bent down to scratch a leg, give a talk on ‘Software Patents’. It’s hard to take the guy seriously when he comes off as a joker at first glance, it’s harder to make him a hero.
What can I say? Illusions lost, lessons learnt.