WE ought to make some clarifications, which will set the record straight. Contrary to claims from some readers (comments and IRC logs), David Schlesinger has no connections with Microsoft. He only has some history with Apple, but not Microsoft. I spoke to David, so I know. There is also no connection between Schlesinger and ‘Fink’ because it is so improbable that it would be silly to suggest so. It is possible that the goal of ‘Fink’ was just to create wars inside GNU/Linux, vilifying both Boycott Novell and Ubuntu at the same time.
“Lesson learned: don’t reply to (or ever contact) Internet k00ks, no matter the circumstances.”A correction also needs to be made because memory did not serve well. It was not David who suggested that I try to contact ‘Fink’ after his trolling had turned to personal abuse. David only asked that I clarify that there is no connection between me and ‘Fink’ (and there is none). In my first-ever message to ‘Fink’ I dennounced him for what he did to David, but David never saw that message; instead he was passed by ‘Fink’ a message that sought to put us in hot legal waters.
Lesson learned: don’t reply to (or ever contact) Internet k00ks, no matter the circumstances. They get their kicks being abusive. It may have all been a set-up. █
Update: I made statements that Mr. Schlesinger was attacking Richard Stallman over disagreements about Mono, rather than over Mr. Stallman’s sexist remarks at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, as well as suggesting that he used false names. This was wrong of me. I retract these statements unreservedly and offer Mr. Schlesinger a full apology for having made them. I will endeavor to avoid making such irresponsible statements in the future.