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Richard Stallman has resigned from the Free Software Foundation and MIT

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Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation has resigned and he's also left his position in CSAIL at MIT.

Why is this significant? Stallman and the FSF were responsible for the creation of the GNU Project, widely used GNU licenses like the GPL, the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and more that were used in the creation of Linux.

Posted on the FSF website last night was this notice:

 On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and from its board of directors. The board will be conducting a search for a new president, beginning immediately. Further details of the search will be published on fsf.org.

Stallman also noted on stallman.org how he's stepped away from MIT as well, with the below statement:

I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT. I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.

The question is—why? Well, an article on Vice picked up on comments Stallman made around convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Unsurprisingly, this caused quite a lot of outrage inside and outside the Linux community.

Not long after Neil McGovern, the GNOME Executive Director, made a blog post about it where they said they asked the FSF to cancel their membership. McGovern also noted that other people who they "greatly respect are doing the same" and that GNOME would sever their "historical ties between GNOME, GNU and the FSF" if Stallman did not step down.

McGovern of GNOME wasn't the only one to speak out about it, as the Software Freedom Conservancy also put out a post calling for Stallman to step down and no doubt there's others I'm not aware of.

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0aTT 17 September 2019 at 9:36 am UTC
Stallman talked some bullshit and pays the price. He should enjoy his retirement. He more than deserves it.

And nobody is surprised that the Gnome project is on the front line. These little nitpickers have nothing better to do. Except, of course, to ergonomically rape their users.
rustybroomhandle 17 September 2019 at 9:37 am UTC
PatolaAnother victim of cancel culture...

Nobody who uses the phrase "cancel culture" with a straight face can be taken seriously. Off to the kids table with you.
pb 17 September 2019 at 9:39 am UTC
There are topics you should avoid at all costs if you're running a business or a non-profit. It's amazing how many people keep slipping on that simple rule.
Eike 17 September 2019 at 9:42 am UTC
spayder26Actually he was not defending Epstein (he called him rapist), but declaring his opinion against laws against consented paedophilia, which is somewhat much more controversial.

You seem to have information differing from mine.

I read that he found the "most plausible scenario" that the girls have been "entirely willing".

Does anybody find it appropriate to do such talk about possible severe crimes without any knowledge of what actually has happened?
The_Aquabat 17 September 2019 at 9:44 am UTC
spayder26but declaring his opinion against laws against consented paedophilia, which is somewhat much more controversial.

pretty disturbing and disgusting.
anarchist_tomato 17 September 2019 at 9:45 am UTC
I'm sick of all this stuff. Who am I supposed to be angry about this week?
Eike 17 September 2019 at 9:47 am UTC
chancho_zombie
spayder26but declaring his opinion against laws against consented paedophilia, which is somewhat much more controversial.

pretty disturbing and disgusting.

Well, consented sex with 17 year old is perfectly legal here (Germany)...
*edit* ... if it's without money exchange, that is.


Last edited by Eike on 17 September 2019 at 9:52 am UTC
amatai 17 September 2019 at 9:51 am UTC
EikeDoes anybody find it appropriate to do such talk about possible severe crimes without any knowledge of what actually has happened?
I don't think so. The situation appears more and more clearly as sexual slavery of teenager. Saying that an underaged girl taken far from home was totally able to consent and that it should'nt be illegal for a 70-years old academics to have sex for money with a 17-old girl is off limit.

P.S: I don't think the comment shall have been opened on this one, we'll see
Eike 17 September 2019 at 9:53 am UTC
amataiP.S: I don't think the comment shall have been opened on this one, we'll see

Yeah, thought so, too.
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