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There has also been discussion on the Linux Australia mailing list as mentioned above; Linux kernel developer Jonathan Corbet wrote a comment piece about the incident for his Linux Weekly News website and that has attracted a sizeable number of comments as well.

Pesce was censured by the organisers of the conference after some delegates complained to Shaun Nykvist, the chief organiser. Other complaints were conveyed to Ferlito.

Nykvist informed the delegates about the incident at the conference closing ceremony. Ferlito said the next day that Pesce had apologised to the community.

Pesce issued an apology to those offended by the use of the images, via his Twitter account.

There was one image of a pig indulging in sexual activity with a goose; a second (NSFW) was of two women who were indulging in bondage. A third image showed a man being spanked by a woman, both in gear that is used for BDSM activity. The latter two images did not show any nudity.

In December, the organisers of the conference drafted an anti-harassment policy that said, in part, "Offensive sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue.

"Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention."


 

 

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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