Saturday, 12 May 2012 08:38

Stallman taken ill during speech

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Richard Stallman, the head of the Free Software Foundation, was taken to hospital in Barcelona yesterday when he felt ill midway through a speech.

He was later released, according to a statement by the FSF.

His discomfort was apparently caused by hypertension.

Stallman was in good spirits while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. It took 20 minutes which made him comment that (prime minister Mariano) "Rajoy wants to kill us all", a reference to austerity measures that have been recently introduced in Spain.

The meeting at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona was cancelled.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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