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Return of Stallman to FSF sparks outrage among open-source and free software leaders

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Richard M. Stallman (RMS) has always been a polarizing figure. There are people who love him and those that hate him. For example, RMS often clashed with Linus Torvalds. RMS has claimed that the Linux operating system should be called GNU/Linux . He also clashed with Eric S. Raymond, one of open-source’s founders , and others over the differences between open-source software and free software . And, for many years, women have objected to his misogynistic manner and language . The last finally caught up with him when RMS defended the behavior of the late Marvin Minsky, AI pioneer and associate of notorious billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Subsequently, Stallman resigned from his Free Software Foundation (FSF) leadership roles . Then, to the surprise of many, Stallman himself announced that he was back on the FSF board of directors .

This move has enraged many open source and free software leaders and organizations. Indeed, the FSF itself still hasn’t officially announced the news, although its site does list RMS now as a member of the FSF board of directors . The FSF Twitter feed’s latest message is: “No LibrePlanet [the FSF annual meeting] organizers (staff or volunteer), speakers, award winners, […]

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