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RT @teleyinex
A good programmer is someone who always looks both ways before crossing a one-way street. - Doug Linder

Just got this as part of a (spammy) email to participate in a research survey "Note: You don't need to worry about this link, it's a link to a Google form".
Made my day.

This is, at no level, an acceptable approach to dealing with any sort of public disagreement. And I will never condone or participate in any such approach.

Ci siamo appena dovuti sorbire una tirata « io non sono razzista ma… » dal nostro pizzaiolo. A Parigi. Il pizzaiolo era Italiano e ce l'aveva con gli immigrati. Gli altri però, non se stesso. Ci serve una nuova pizzeria.

@zacchiro Just as importantly, I think that article does a good job of keeping focus on behavior and actions. Other critiques often slipped quickly between the list of objectionable actions and labelling RMS as person (if somebody "does" bad vs somebody "is" bad), which I think is rhetorically dangerous. i.e., once someone "is" bad, nothing they can do can restore them. When in reality, he could have changed his behavior, but he didn't. It feels less satisfying, but it's provable.

And, to be clear, I don't think any of this should get in the way of people who care about free software collaborating together to achieve a world in which all computer users should be able to do any computation they care about using only free software. I think we can (and should) all work together in spite of what we think of rms as a leader.

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I've read that article, but I'm not gonna engage in a debate around individuals who think "he is fine" or vice-versa. Sorry.

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Very balanced take on the debate:
I do not agree with all of it, but I can get behind the criticism of specific passages in the open letter and the judgment on the fitness for leadership of rms is shared.

I just published a short blog post adding my voice to the chorus of people speaking out against Richard Stallman's return to the @fsf's board of directors.

It's short so I'll include the full text in a thread below.

FSF staff union elects Ian Kelling to the board

There is a ton more work to be done to restore trust, and there's good reason to remain skeptical about the road ahead, but this seems like a notch in the right direction, at least.

25: Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome

What is governance? To what degree are leaders within a governing institution subject to its rules? We use this framework to discuss the unexpected announcement of RMS's re-appointment to the FSF board.

@johns Thank you for everything you’ve done at the FSF. I and other #GNU hackers working for a change appreciated when you would take the time to listen and to discuss, even though we knew you were most likely between a rock and hard place.

Looking forward to meeting you again in the fight for user freedom for all!

@johns I'll say here what I said on the twitter: you're a good man in a tough spot. You've always had my respect and today you have my sympathy. It's tough to walk away after this much time, after so much devotion. Thank you for everything you've done, all the people you've supported, all you've given.

John Sullivan is resigning as Free Software Foundation executive director. He has been a driving force for the FSF during many years and the transition will be very challenging. It makes me very sad to see him leave: it was a great pleasure to work with John during these past 10 years. My sympathy also goes to the FSF staff who worked with him on a daily basis.

After 18 years with the Free Software Foundation, I've decided to resign my position as executive director, effective at the end of a transition period. We'll be sharing further details, including information about that transition, and a few more words, in the coming days. It's been a humbling honor to serve this institution, and to work alongside the FSF's staff, members, and volunteers over the years. The current staff deserve your full confidence and support -- they certainly have mine.

excellent thread by my excellent former coworker Georgia about the fsf/rms situation

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