We should all wish Richard Stallman love and respect, even in light of this embarrassing episode, because mistakes happen. We should expect better moving forward, and hope he becomes wise to the outcome of this event.
Friends, be strong! We are still moving forward! Free software around the world is a condition of human freedom! Continue to resist, continue to prosper with our devotion to our free software. The movement does not end unless we all give up.
Your benevolent comrade.
Richard Stallman did not do this alone, and the movement does not end because he has resigned from a position of being part of the financial and legal overseer to the Free Software Foundation.
I must make it clear, the free software movement is OUR movement, with or without Richard Stallman. I highly expect him to remain in our hearts for the decades of contributions he has made, and for the great influence he represents to us!
The Free Software Movement was created by Richard M. Stallman and other people. The movement grew to amass millions of followers, in a fundamental belief that users should own the software they use with total freedom! This culminated in the GNU Project which is to-date the most successful free software project to exist.
While RMS has ceased to be acting-president of the Free Software Foundation, there is a lot of positivity to be found in these coming moments! Richard Stallman has not passed away, nor has his advocacy, legacy, and activism ended. His reputation is not tarnished. I think we can all agree that regardless of what has transpired, he is making the correct decisions on behalf of all of us to walk the thin ice; resigning is his attempt at rectifying those transgressions.
Open Letter from GNU Propaganda
Hello Free Software Lovers,
These past few days have brought us a plenty mixed emotions. The situation with Richard M. Stallman's comments on the MIT CSAIL mailing list has been extremely troubling to many of us. However much I think plenty of us are confused by these recent events, I wish to bring us some light.
"The FSF urges all of its supporters to contact their local congresspeople and advise them to vote against the STRONGER Patents Act. No matter where you are in the world, please stand firm in campaigning for the right of free software users and programmers to use, copy, and develop tools for user and community empowerment."
Recently, Github has restricted people from Iran, Syria, and other regions from accessing their private repositories and the static website host Github Pages.
Numerous class-action lawsuits have been filed against companies using nepotism tactics to undervalue those who serve the company. Not a single class-action lawsuit has been taken to proceedings in court, dismissed because these gig-economy "jobs" are not contracts of employment for those various people who fulfill these services.
My rule of thumb is as such:
1) Do NOT use those apps, or participate in the gig-economy.
2) If you do use those apps, TIP in CASH! The currency with little tracking
Free software ethics propaganda from the other side of the interwebs.
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