On September 16, 2019, Richard Matthew Stallman resigned from MIT and FSF after being accused of defending pedophilia. On March 22, 2021 Stallman announced his return to the FSF board of directors. Next day an open letter was published, claiming that Richard Matthew Stallman is a misogynist, ableist, and transphobic, quoting his blog, and calling for the removal of the entire FSF board of directors. Shortly thereafter, a support letter was published defending Stallman, pointing out that the open letter intentionally took many quotes out of context, cited unverified sources and misinterpreted Stallman's behavior.
The open letter provides factually incorrect information. The maintainers ignore and delete all reports, warnings and questions they receive. The open letter signatories refuse all discussions and discriminate Stallman supporters.
We believe the open letter is a coordinated attack on the Free Software community. Among the signatories of Open letter are many for-profit organizations and license issuers. Corporations want to dissolve Free Software Foundation and take over Free Software. A lot of Free Software is licensed under GPLv3-or-later, which means that if FSF is replaced and the new board of directors updates the General Public License, free software may become a synonym to open-source, allowing its use without disclosing sources.
Help us to save Free Software by signing our open letter at rms-support-letter.github.io!