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[#] Wed Sep 18 2019 11:19:25 EDT from fleeb

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Maybe it's a part of a general organized attempt to corrupt open source ideals with corporatism.

Have you seen the body of folks on the boards of these organizations now?

[#] Wed Sep 18 2019 11:25:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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He has been "resigned" because of that declaration. He is no longer
the president of the Free Software Foundation.

I agree with the others here who attest that it "is not news" that RMS is off his rocker. That's been the case for a long time. The only thing that's so surprising is that MIT continued to subsidize his existence for so long.

Some of the articles covering the current event are describing him as a "computer scientist". That may have been true in the 1980s, when his research was producing useful tools such as gcc. But all he's done in the decades since then is just ... rant. He has, at best, some sort of medium-functioning ASD, or at worst, bona fide mental illness.

In retrospect it was probably only a matter of time before he pissed off the wrong people. What he said was pretty brain damaged, but as a free speech advocate I don't believe that even the worst offenses should justify having your life destroyed by the wrongthink police.

That having been said, I won't miss him, and I do hope he exits from public life completely. I'd like to see the FSF style of crispy fundamentalism fade into the past and those efforts folded into the mainstream of open source.

I also hope that the world can chill out a bit in this area. But I don't see that likely to happen in any mode other than in cancel culture getting so bad that it eventually implodes.

[#] Wed Sep 18 2019 11:28:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Have you seen the body of folks on the boards of these organizations

now?

Those orgs only have as much power as we let them have. That's one of open source's superpowers. If a steering organization gets out of control, we can still kick them to the curb. We've seen this happen many times in the past, and it's a great safety valve.

When it comes to board members, I'd rather have Satya Nadella than Corey Ehmke.

[#] Wed Sep 18 2019 12:27:51 EDT from LoanShark

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the decades since then is just ... rant. He has, at best, some sort of

medium-functioning ASD, or at worst, bona fide mental illness.

Definitely seems like ASD, and not of the highest-functioning variety.

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