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What do RMS and Naomi Campbell have in common?

Richard Matthew Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, has probably been called many names and been compared to a great many characters in his lifetime.

I doubt, however, whether he has been even likened to a capricious fashion model.

That's exactly what Theo de Raadt, the founder of the OpenBSD project, has done. And the model in question is the British supermodel Naomi Campbell.

With every release of OpenBSD, the project also releases a song, "to describe some event or controversy the project went through, or a stance that was taken, over the previous six months."

The latest song, titled Home to Hypocrisy, which is to accompany version 4.3 of OpenBSD due to be released on May 1, is squarely aimed at Stallman for whom de Raadt obviously has a deep dislike.

The comparison to Campbell, de Raadt explains in a commentary that accompanies the song, is because Stallman was once allegedly ejected from a plane in 1998 for demanding that passengers be permitted to deplane when the flight was waiting in the queue for take-off.

The flight was leaving Washington for New Orleans.

Apparently a few OpenBSD developers were on the same flight and bound for an Usenix conference. Hence, says de Raadt, "we have an accurate story of the events."

Ms Campbell was once apparently forcibly removed from a British Airways flight bound for Los Angeles for kicking up a fuss about a mislaid suitcase.

The song is downloadable here (mp3 or ogg); de Raadt's commentary and the lyrics are here .

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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.