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Whoo boy, this is the most public statement I've ever signed:

guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-s

Let's hope some good for comes of this all.

Huh, I'm getting angry and incoherent emails now.

I suppose this is what being in the spotlight is like nowadays.

@JordiGH jebus, the comments on HN.

Thank you for your stance.

@offby1 They're not just there. The GNU private mailing list is basically nothing but RMS cheerleaders. I'm afraid of actually saying anything in there just 'cause I don't want to deal with the backlash of a thousand angry nerds.

@JordiGH

#GNU private mailing list is unreasonably pro- #RMS? Since it is private, I can't tell. But the public lists are very reasonable, specifically libreplanet-discuss.

@offby1

@JordiGH I had read it but hadn't spotted you as I quickly jumped over the list. Well done I think!

@JordiGH thanks for putting your name out there; sorry you have to put up with this

@JordiGH Don't listen to them. You have our full support :flan_thumbs:

@stsp 🙂

It warms my heart so much to hear this from a major BSD figure. 🙂

@JordiGH @stsp Yeah, because the majority of BSD folks dislike linux, gpl, gnu and related things. That statement is ridiculous btw.

@JordiGH Awesome! I wonder if it'd be an interesting thing, putting together an anonymized post of the abuse that came in?

@offby1 Nah, there's no need. Also, so far it hasn't been that bad, just a couple of emails.

@JordiGH Ugh, that sucks. FWIW, I appreciate you taking this stand.

@JordiGH oof, that's terrible. I really appreciate your stance and hope the fervor dies down soon

@JordiGH

I'm not a #GNU contributor, but I still dream for a day where there is respectable leadership at the top.

I would want the leader of the GNU project to not pull aside the recipient of an annual award, just before going on stage, and suggest that the leader was hoping the recipeint's project was software to promote sexual promiscuity and/or infidelity.

@JordiGH

I would also want the leader of the #GNU project not to get up on stage at an annual conference and make "jokes" in violation of the event's published Code of Conduct and then claim that said leader was "above the law" and the Code could not be enforced against them.

@JordiGH

I would like the leader of #GNU to not cry out "fake news" and "witch hunt" when people assemble years and years of documented evidence of similar behavior.

@JordiGH

In other words, the leaderS of #GNU should demonstrate the value of their work in the world by being a good role model, and exhibit behavior that others can look up to.

In the US, we already have national politicians who behave poorly as described above. We don't need our #FreeSoftware "leaders" doing the same thing.

@downey I don't even know what are all these events you're alluding to, but I can imagine.

@JordiGH The first one happened to me personally. The second, one of the well known events. The third, summarizes the reactions over the past several weeks. Obviously, if someone wants more case studies, they are abundant throughout the Internet.

But far better to focus on what attributes future leadership should have. IMHO #FLOSS leadership is as much or more about interpersonal aspects as it is technical skills.

@JordiGH Wow, those are some high-profile projects there. Good!

@JordiGH I like the subtlety of how gnu is doing this. "He cannot represent all of us" is pretty undeniable regardless of whether one feels personally represented by him.

@JordiGH A democratic solution would be to put that on vote. Are there any plans?

@shiba No, and honestly, GNU has never had the correct structure to even hold a vote. I expect most of the registered GNU maintainers are unreachable.

@JordiGH Post made by Gokh: "Analysis: The Fall Of Stallman by Alessandro Ebersol (Agent Smith)
In the new PCLinux Magazine there is a very interesting analysis of this topic.
Source: pclosmag.com/html/Issues/20191…

In fact, who really had ties with that citizen #Epstein was Bill #Gates, who, according to emails obtained exclusively from The New Yorker, Epstein would have instructed Bill Gates to donate $2 million to a MIT research lab in October 2014. The directors of MIT Media Lab delivered the emails, and they clearly link Gates to Epstein.

We can even speculate that the attack on Stallman’s person was a way to get the public’s attention diverted away from Gates, who really had a connection with Epstein.

Yes, nowadays, with the PC thought police, who are always on the lookout for any subject to fire their cannons on, that free speech is gone

If an opinion expressed goes against the prevailing #zeitgeist, the subject is in hot waters

Steve #Ballmer once called GNU/Linux cancer, and #GPL a disease that would make everything open source.

In fact, Ballmer was wrong to call free software open source, but back then they were little different. Not today. Today, the so-called “open source” is moving further and further from free software.

At a time like today, where #Microsoft increasingly declares its love for #Linux, we are always faced with open source apologists from Microsoft, and how it is committed to its advancement(open source) and improvement.

But what about #free #software? What about the four #freedoms? Nothing. The company says nothing about it, and apparently to hear it doesn’t exist. That is, Microsoft may love Linux, but it does not love the freedom of the #GNU movement (which is intrinsically linked to the Linux kernel and the way it is developed). As a colleague posted on social network: “Microsoft may love Linux, but it doesn’t love its users,” a hard and strong truth.

Corporations are merciless, evil and heartless. But it’s the free software folks who are almost always in the headlines…

Yes, this is a recurring theme: Any advocates, or developers of free software, or free culture, are always in the sights, whether of the corporate media or “Defenders” of social #justice movements.

Otherwise, let’s see:

Jacob Appelbaum, one of the developers of the TOR protocol: Allegations of sexual misconduct.

Julian Assange (Wikileaks): Accused of sexual violence in Sweden.

Brendan Eich: Former CEO of Mozilla Foundation, had to resign for donating to the movement “Proposition 8” in California at a time when one of Eich’s plans was to launch Firefox OS for mobile devices (phones, tablets).

Theodore T’so: Accused of an apologist for sexual violence . Note that T’so was against Intel’s TPM platform (which was Sharp’s employer).

Linus Torvalds: All development of the Linux kernel has been branded as toxic by the extremely sincere personality of Torvalds’ . And the public outcry was such that Linus had to adopt a COC and take a vacation from the direction of the development of the Linux kernel.

So how many bad people in free software, huh?

Jobs and Microsoft, exemplary citizens
read on here

And Stallman and his accuser?

Was Stallman a #pedophile? No.

Encouraged #pedophilia? He didn’t.

Defended Epstein? No, and on his blog, made harsh criticism of the late sex offender.

But he paid dearly for no crime. He did nothing but try to defend a former teacher. But that can be a disaster these days because of digital #lynch #mobs.

Many thanks to PCLinuxOS Magazine and Alessandro Ebersol."
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