The claims were made by ex-kernel developer Sage (formerly Sarah) Sharp in a blog post a few days after Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced he was taking a break from leading the kernel development project in order to obtain professional advice about his behaviour issues.
Referring to the latter code, Sharp wrote: "It’s also important to note that four of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board members did not sign off on the new Code of Conduct. One of them is Ted Ts'o, who was banned from Linux Conf Australia for questioning rape statistics on the conference mailing list."
On 23 September, Brisbane-based free software developer Anthony Towns raised the issue of Ts'o on the Linux Australia mailing list, asking whether the claim made by Sharp was true.
"I had noticed he (Ts'o) didn't seem to be at LCA as much any more, but looking now it seems like he hasn't given a talk at any LCA since 2011 in Brisbane, which was the incident mentioned above," Towns wrote.
"I'd kind of figured that Ted just didn't find LCA as fun anymore, especially given [former kernel developers] Valerie Aurora and Matthew Garrett did a big PR thing in Oct 2012 attacking him as a rape apologist based on the Jan 2011 thread. I can see how you'd see that and say 'you know, these aren't my people' and not want to visit even without a ban."
Aurora has also taken aim at Ts'o in a series of tweets.
Reid responded to Towns' query on Sunday, writing: "LA Council is not aware of any ban, nor can we find evidence of any ban previously being in place."
In 2011, Ts'o made some comments on the mailing list of that year's conference. These were later interpreted by Aurora to call him a "rape apologist". That was picked up by Garrett and used to whack Ts'o.
In response to these claims, Ts'o denied that he had ever believed that rape is not a problem.
Ts'o, the main developer of the ext4 filesystem, works for Google.