Dave, regarding the meme, it isn’t particularly aimed at RMS himself, but to the whole anyone trying to stop third parties on writing code on whatever platform they like, specially trying to stop them writing free software, with a free software platform! Technically speaking, some of us might not like Mono (I don’t like the idea of a desktop running 2 or more interpreters/vms as it is right now) but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t stand up and support those who like it and deserve the freedom to use it. Some people might not like mono, but they shouldn’t be afraid of people writing code with it!
RMS stood in front of us, and said we were wrong, and he didn’t even bother giving us a plausible reason, he just referenced the software freedom law center as a source, no explanation at all, that is just not right, do you imagine Steve Ballmer. In the meantime, none gives Miguel the credit of what he is achieving, quite the contrary, everything he and other people in the Mono community got so far is loads of negative input and no credit.
Miguel is pushing Microsoft to play within our rules, and to be honest, I rather see a world where Microsoft plays nicely with open source (or free software), than a world where beating Microsoft is more important than free software itself. The more we treat them as our enemies, the later they’ll commit to our game rules.
We wanted to stand up and support those who believe in software freedom and that look for pragmatic and effective ways to bring everyone into the game. We are not afraid of anyone excercising his/her freedom to write free software! We support them all! That was what the meme was all about.
As fot the sexism issue, Richard is been parodying the Bible for quite some years, if anyone has a problem with Richard’s parody, I think they should complain to every christian church around instead. To me the whole issue is like claiming that Monty Python’s Life of Brian is sexist or antisemitic as well. But that’s just my opinion.
By the way, I, for one, am not afraid of people porting applications to C++ either!