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Why Did Richard Stallman Resign?
Stallman published two concise notes about his resignations from MIT and the FSF.
16 September 2019 (Resignation)
To the MIT community,
I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT. I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.
written Sep 16, mailed by me Sep 19, posted Sep 24 (FSF)
To the FSF board,
I hereby resign as president of the Free Software Foundation and from its board of directors. I am doing this due to pressure on the Foundation and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations of what I have said.
Richard M. Stallman resigns
by Free Software Foundation — Published on Sep 16, 2019 10:08 PM
On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and from its board of directors.
The board will be conducting a search for a new president, beginning immediately. Further details of the search will be published on fsf.org.
For questions, contact FSF executive director John Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we can see, Stallman stated the same cause in both cases, namely,
misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.
We mentioned in the introduction that
Stallman was misquoted and misrepresented by mainstream
media and, as
a result, he was the victim of ad hominem attacks by groups
who demanded his removal from public life.
Here's how it all began.
Table of Contents
- Who is Richard Stallman?
- Honors and Awards
- Commitment to Social Justice
- Why Stallman Resigned
- Explanation - Background
- Explanation - CSAIL Emails
- Debunking False Accusations
- Ritual Defamation
- Voices of Support
- More Voices of Support
- Comments of Support
- Testimonies, Letters, Writings...
- External Related Articles
- Welcome Back, Richard Stallman
- Say It With a Meme!