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Back in 2019, Richard Stallman (RMS) resigned from the Free Software Foundation and MIT but it appears Stallman has returned and many are not happy about this.

When Stallman originally resigned, he cited doing it due to "pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations". Stallman announced the return during a livestream for the FSF project LibrePlanet where he explained he will not be resigning for a second time. Stallman is now once again listed on the official FSF board.

After this announcement went live there's been calls for both Stallman and the entire Free Software Foundation board to resign, with an open letter that continues to pull in more and more signatures. The letter pulls no punches and gets right to the point in the opening paragraph:

Richard M. Stallman, frequently known as RMS, has been a dangerous force in the free software community for a long time. He has shown himself to be misogynist, ableist, and transphobic, among other serious accusations of impropriety. These sorts of beliefs have no place in the free software, digital rights, and tech communities. With his recent reinstatement to the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation, we call for the entire Board of the FSF to step down and for RMS to be removed from all leadership positions.

The letter includes an appendix, which actually goes over what some of the issues are.

People signing it include the likes of Neil McGovern (GNOME Foundation Executive Director), Molly de Blanc (Debian Project, GNOME Foundation), Faidon Liambotis (Open Source Initiative Director), Cassidy James Blaede (elementary co-founder, GNOME Foundation member), Daniel Foré (Founder, elementary, Inc.) and the list just keeps on going with Igalia, KDE, Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, Apache, Mozilla, Solus, OBS Studio and people from many more teams calling for Stallman and the FSF board to go with even more waiting to be added on the GitHub page.

Additionally the Free Software Foundation Europe has joined the call for Stallman to resign, going as far as to say they will not "collaborate both with the FSF and any other organisation in which Richard Stallman has a leading position".

Update - 25/03/21: the Free Software Foundation has announced some changes to how people are appointed to their board:

  • We will adopt a transparent, formal process for identifying candidates and appointing new board members who are wise, capable, and committed to the FSF's mission. We will establish ways for our supporters to contribute to the discussion.
  • We will require all existing board members to go through this process as soon as possible, in stages, to decide which of them remain on the board.
  • We will add a staff representative to the board of directors. The FSF staff will elect that person.
  • The directors will consult with legal counsel about changes to the organization's by-laws to implement these changes. We have set ourselves a deadline of thirty days for making these changes.
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micke1m 24 Mar
Idiots, I despise cancel culture.
Solitary 24 Mar
Quite disgusting, no second chances, no redemption, just remove him forever and do not return. People really did turn into judge, jury and executioners. If they weren't cowards they would just say it out loud that he should rather die and not exist anymore. Where is the respect or often mentioned tolerancy? :(
TimeFreeze 24 Mar
Idiots everywhere, let RMS be in the FSF geez.
Teodosio 24 Mar
I didn't really know the details of this controversy. I checked the open letter, and one of the things RMS is accused of is:

QuoteRMS has spent years on a campaign against using people’s correct pronouns. This is poorly disguised transphobia. In the original publication of the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines, he said “there are various ways to express gender neutrality in third-person singular pronouns in English; you do not have to use ‘they.’”14 This text has since been updated, but is still transphobic.

Seriously? Anybody else smells cancel culture?


Last edited by Teodosio on 24 March 2021 at 9:46 am UTC
tomaszg 24 Mar
It's funny that this manifesto is published on MS owned server...
Interknet 24 Mar
Quoting: TeodosioI didn't really know the details of this controversy. I checked the open letter, and one of the things RMS is accused of is:

QuoteRMS has spent years on a campaign against using people’s correct pronouns. This is poorly disguised transphobia. In the original publication of the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines, he said “there are various ways to express gender neutrality in third-person singular pronouns in English; you do not have to use ‘they.’”14 This text has since been updated, but is still transphobic.

Seriously? Anybody else smells cancel culture?

Yup but what can ya do. Babies on social media will always triumph because if you say stuff like "I don't like <thing>" a group of whiners will take it in the most negative way as if I don't want that <thing> to exist either despite that not being the case.
Guppy 24 Mar
Quoting: SolitaryQuite disgusting, no second chances, no redemption, just remove him forever and do not return. People really did turn into judge, jury and executioners. If they weren't cowards they would just say it out loud that he should rather die and not exist anymore. Where is the respect or often mentioned tolerancy? :(

From previous experiences - once the crybullies taste blood they will stop at nothing, and from there people everywhere will hoist the matching outrage banners out of fear of being the next target.

And those who dare debate? well bans for them - "see how swiftly we dealt with the dissenters? please dont target us next..."


It's really disgusting that we've come to a place where the the only opinion your allowed to have is that of the most "oppressed" person in the room.

And if at anypoint you dare speak an opinion publicly? better remember the words "give me six lines written by an honest man, and I will give you a reason for him to hang" and the internet never forgets.
ajgp 24 Mar
OH, this is going to be a fun comment section....
micke1m 24 Mar
These virtue signalers should be ignored, let them weed themselves out. I'd rather have people who are in the community for free software than for some insane political agenda.
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