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% Defend Richard Stallman!
% Leah Rowe
% 31 March 2021
I support freedom of speech. **Translations wanted for this article. I want
this news article to be available in as many languages as possible.
Download the Markdown file here: [rms.markdown](rms.markdown) and then
translate it into your language. Send the translated file to <>**
2 years ago, known *Thought Criminal* Richard M Stallman was falsely accused of
defending *rape* in an Orwellian smear campaign, orchestrated by mainstream
media at the behest of proprietary software vendors. 36 years fighting
for *your* digital freedom, cancelled. It was so vicious that he resigned from
his post as president of the Free Software Foundation. The FSF did nothing to
protect or defend him. However, *you* can defend him!
On 21 March 2021, FSF board of directors re-instated Richard Stallman. In
response, the media started a new smear campaign. A petition was created,
calling for the forceful removal of RMS and the entire FSF board of directors.
RMS has been wrongly accused of sexism, transphobia, ableism and a whole host
of things intended to discredit him. Do not listen to any of it. Richard
Stallman's political [notes]( and
[articles]( paint the picture of a man who has
staunchly campaigned *against* bigotry in all its forms!
**In response, we, the Free software movement, started our own petition. We
wish for RMS to remain in his post, and for the FSF to hold their ground. We
call for the FSF to defend Richard Stallman's honour and his legacy. Richard
Stallman is a human being, whose right to free speech was heavily suppressed.
We must demonstrate our support of him to the FSF, loudly and clearly.**
**If you support Free Software, believe in freedom of speech, freedom of
community and social justice (true social justice, where a person is treated
with dignity and not cancelled just for their beliefs), sign your name here:**
The *opposing* petition calling for Richard's removal will not be linked here,
because it is important not to strengthen it. Boosting the search engine
rankings of our opposition would only help them attack RMS. Similarly, their
smear campaigns will not be linked here directly, only condemned!
Instructions for how to sign your name are on that page. If you represent a
project, please put that in brackets and state your position. For instance, if
you are John Doe and your project is named Foobar Libre,
write `John Doe (Foobar Libre developer)`
or e.g. `John Doe (Foobar Libre founder and lead developer)`. If you are an
FSF member (e.g. associate member), put that in brackets too.
If you are a member of a project/organisation that signed the anti-RMS list,
it is *especially* important to state that you are from said project when
signing the *pro*-RMS list. You should also talk to people in your project or
organisation, and try to persuade them to change their minds!
In addition to signing your name, if you're in a software project, get your
project to officially come out in support of Richard! He needs every bit of
support we can get. We, the Free Software movement, as activists must lend him
all of our strength!
**Don't be fooled. If a Free Software project is on the anti-RMS list, that
just means the leadership implemented said decision. It says nothing of the
individuals inside said organisation.**
Please also *email* the FSF and tell them you support Richard! The FSF's
contact details are here: <>
Our opponents wish to destroy Free Software
Our opponent's true target is *not* Richard Stallman; their real aim is to
destroy the FSF by thoroughly infiltrating it (like they already have with
organisations like the OSI and Linux Foundation). These people even started an
online petition calling for RMS's forceful removal and for the entire board of
directors at the FSF to resign from their posts. This is clearly an attempt
at a coup to overthrow the FSF! Out of fear, many known Free Software projects
joined in on the anti-RMS witch hunt because they did not want to
be *cancelled* either. **The list that attacks Richard has Microsoft, Google,
OSI, Linux Foundation, Gnome Foundation and Ethical Source people on it! These
people oppose Free Software ideologically (even if some of them do produce free
software sometimes, for reasons other than promoting freedom) and many of them
have actively sought to destroy it for years! How dare these people claim to
represent us!**.
The letter opposing RMS talks the talk, but it does not walk the walk. The
people on that list do *not* represent us! If you do see actual Free Software
developers on the list, please talk to them. Do not be hateful or spiteful,
just talk to them: tell them that they have been misled by a hateful campaign.
We need unity in our movement. You see, it's likely that a lot of people who
signed the opposing list were just *scared*; at the beginning, the petition
supporting RMS did not exist, and so it was not known how many people supported
RMS. In other words, many people likely signed the anti-RMS list because they
were scared of becoming outcasts. This is because last time, we were caught
off guard. We stayed silent last time, but we will not be silent this time!
**As of 31 March 2021, 02:50 AM UK time, we are winning! The letter calling for
RMS's removal has 2959 signatures. *Our* letter supporting and defending RMS
has 4533 signatures! That's a 60% approval rating, if you add up both numbers
but our petition is rising in popularity much faster while the anti-RMS
petition has stalled. People see that it's OK to support RMS, because it is.
RMS is innocent of wrongdoing!**
Richard Stallman is our hero
I strongly believe in
[free software ideology]( I am the
founder of Libreboot, and its lead developer. When I first started using Free
Software as a teenager in the mid 2000s, Richard Stallman's lectures were among
the biggest influences on me; Richard founded
the [GNU project]( in 1983 and
the [Free Software Foundation]( in 1985. I also saw the
film *Revolution OS* and read Eric Raymond's *Cathedral and the Bazaar*. I very
quickly became fascinated but it was the articles by Richard on the GNU project
website that heavily inspired me. For a few years however, I identified as
an *open source supporter* until I gravitated towards the Free Software camp
in 2009. I had worked sysadmin and IT support jobs at companies, working mostly
with proprietary software including Windows, while at home I taught myself
programming on GNU+Linux. I hated working with proprietary systems, precisely
because of how restrictive they were compared to my systems at home, which all
ran various GNU+Linux distributions (I also toyed with OpenBSD). When I did my
A-Levels, I studied computing but they forced us to use the proprietary Visual
Studio IDE and C\#; I hated it, but coped with it by using Mono at home for
class assignments. It wasn't long after I joined as an FSF Associate Member in
2013 that my life took a huge turn, and Libreboot was a huge part of it.
Needless to say, I strive to eliminate my dependence on proprietary software and
I want others to experience such freedom aswell.
Richard Stallman's articles and video lectures were what led me down this path.
I have met the man 5 times, in 3 different countries.
In the early days of computing, most (if not all) software was shared freely
with source code. In the early 1980s, when software started becoming more
commercial, companies started making software *proprietary* which meant that
the software no longer came with source code or otherwise placed *restrictions*
on the use, development or sharing of that software. This meant that computer
users no longer had *freedom* over their computing; by the time the GNU project
started in 1983, *free software* did not exist! Richard Stallman, faced with
the possibility of making large amounts of money as a proprietary software
developer, staunchly resisted this trend and began the GNU project to create a
completely free operating system that people could run on their computers.
I believe in Free Software for the same reason I believe in public education;
I believe that knowledge is a human right. For example, I believe that all kids
are entitled to learn Mathematics. I believe the same thing about Computer
Science. Education is a human right. I want everyone to have freedom; the right
to read, to a community and to free speech. *Programming* counts as speech, and
I believe that all good work is based on the work of others; this is why the
right to a community is critical. The *four freedoms* are paramount. I am a
staunch supporter of *copyleft* and I believe that it should be mandatory, by
law, for all creative and/or intellectual works. I use
the [GNU General Public License]( whenever
possible, and I strongly advocate for its adoption everywhere.
Free software still has a *long* way to go. The mission of the GNU project and
the Free Software movement is to *eradicate* proprietary software in our world
and give everyone exclusively free software. That is a most noble mission which
the Libreboot project shares. Companies like Apple and Microsoft resist us at
every turn. Logic is highly proprietary; manufacturers of computer chips/boards
heavily restrict access to knowledge about how the hardware works, and they put
in DRM (such as cryptographic signature checks of firmware) to restrict our
progress; this is why Libreboot still has very weak hardware support, as of the
date this article is being published. *Right to repair* is a critical component
of our fight, in particular, as a part of the wider OSHW (Free/libre Hardware)
movement. Another problem we face is *serialization* of components, where the
same component can no longer be used to replace another, in modern devices; the
software on said device might check whether the new part is *authorized* and
refuse to work if it isn't. We in the freedom movement are under constant
attacks, in a legal and technical sense. Large tech companies use every dirty
trick in the book to thwart our efforts.
If it weren't for Richard Stallman's work, Libreboot would not exist. All works
are derivative in human society; we stand on the shoulder of giants. The GNU
project almost had a complete operating system, and finally they had one piece
missing, the *kernel*; this program sits at the heart of the operating system,
talking to hardware and allocating system resources, providing an interface on
which application software can run. GNU had started work on a kernel which they
called *Hurd*, but this is still far from complete as of 2021. Fortunately,
another project called *Linux* appeared in the early 90s and was released under
the GNU GPL, which meant that people were able to combine a modified GNU system
with Linux to create a complete operating system; the first *GNU+Linux
distributions* were born! It is from all of this that our movement, the Free
Software movement, began, and without it, I doubt we'd have such wide access to
free computing today. I cannot imagine a world where Libreboot and GNU do not
both exist.
Could coreboot have existed without GNU+Linux? I doubt it very much!
It's possible that Linux on its own may have still existed, but would it have
been Free Software by today? Would it have reached the level it did today?
In that reality, BSD projects might have taken over instead, and would they
have had the ideological drive to ensure that all computer users had freedom,
or would they simply regard the source code as a *reference* for *educational
purposes only*?
You see, Richard Stallman's work in the 80s was *revolutionary* and without him,
none of us would be here today. The people in charge of big tech companies like
Apple and Microsoft hate us, and have been attacking our movement for years.
That's what the attacks on RMS have been about. They do *not* care what Richard
did or didn't do at any given point in time.
Richard had been president of the Free Software Foundation since its inception
in 1985, spreading Free Software ideology all over the world; until, that is,
he was cancelled in 2019 in the most *Orwellian* smear campaign possible.
Anyone familiar with Libreboot probably already knows all of the above, or they
are familiar with the gist of it, so why am I talking about the FSF, GNU and
Richard Stallman today? Because of something very sinister that is currently
Don't just take my word for it. Stephen Fry, a well-known GNU+Linux user, did
this video in 2008 praising the GNU project and supporting Free Software:
in case it doesn't load, try this link:
RMS is NOT transphobic
I've been good friends with Richard for many years. I *did* have a falling out
with him (publicly so) a few years ago, but we made up. He has always
respected me.
When my project, Libreboot, was in the process of joining GNU, I wasn't out as
trans. I came out as trans not long before Libreboot became GNU Libreboot.
RMS switched to she/her with me on the spot. No problems.
Some people have linked to the following article and suggested that he is
transphobic: <>
Specifically, people believe that RMS refuses to use correct pronouns with
people. People believe that RMS is transphobic for saying per/perse instead of
accepting they/them.
Let me tell you something:
Richard sent *me* and several other people a copy of that article when he was
drafting it. I repeatedly urged RMS not to do per/perse when he suggested it.
I strongly suggested that he use they/them when referring to someone generically.
When he decided to use per/perse, I was annoyed but not offended; you see, I
regard it as *idiotic*. Clearly, they/them is commonly understood and will
cause the least amount of misunderstanding.
Being foolish is not the same thing as being transphobic. If you actually tell
Richard your preferred pronouns, he'll use them with you without hesitation.
Several of my friends are trans and also speak to Richard, mostly via email.
He respects their pronouns also.
Funnily enough, the GNU project has these guidelines about pronouns:
<> - see:
Not transphobic. At all. Same per/pers bullshit. Not transphobic, just stupid.
I wasn't misgendered by other GNU developers when my project, Libreboot, was
in GNU. Calling RMS a transphobe is an *insult* to people who suffer from real
Background information
*I could* address each specific accusation made against him, but other articles
already do that; those articles are written much better than anything I could
ever write, so please click on the links below.
I feel no need to re-invent the wheel. The whole purpose of this article was
just to express my support for Richard Stallman, and to defend his honour. His
time *will* end one day, and he deserves for that to come naturally. However,
there is still much that he can contribute!
The following articles more or less describe accurately what happened since
September 2019 when the events surrounding Richard Stallman started:
Here is another article expressing support for Richard, and it too has details
about the events that took place:
This video by *DistroTube* provides an excellent account of events aswell:
Exposing our opponents for who they are
Our problem, in defending Richard Stallman, is that opponents of the Free
Software movement have learned to co-opt our language. They talk the talk and
they wear the colours, but make no mistake: their actions and their intentions
do not reflect the ideology they claim to represent! There *are* genuinely some
Free Software activists and organanisations on that list, who have been misled
or have some other reason to oppose RMS; my focus will not be on those people,
but hopefully some of those people and organisations will change their mind if
they read what I have to say!
I do not subscribe to *cancel culture*. Some of these people may well try to
cancel *me* but I would never do the same to them. This entire article merely
aims to defend RMS against the vicious smear campaigns. To do that, we will
explore some of the people on that anti-RMS list.
I said I wouldn't directly link to the list calling for RMS's removal, so I
will print the URL below without making it a hyperlink (this prevents it from
being boosted in search engines). Look at the names on their list:
Don't be fooled! The open source movement is *not* the same as the Free
Software movement! The following article describes how Open Source differs from
Free Software:
I will focus on the people in the main list of signers, and maybe talk about
specific organisations (or other names) on that list. Some of them are
otherwise reasonable people besides their anti-RMS stance (which means they
were misled, most likely), whereas some people on the list are *nasty*.
I will jump straight into it:
Redhat pulling funding from FSF
RedHat announced, in response to RMS's re-instatement at the FSF, that they
would remove their funding for the FSF. They joined in on the usual smear
RedHat is owned by known non-free software company IBM these days. Their
enterprise GNU+Linux distro comes with plenty of non-free software and they
actively tell their customers how to get more; they do nothing to advance free
software and merely see it as something *they* can use. They do not believe in
FSF ideology. More info about the merger: <>
Redhat *very recently* killed CentOS. CentOS was a community edition of RHEL,
with a strong community backing. In other words, Redhat actively took a step
that *hurts* the community. More info:
Look at that:
Does this look like a company that cares about Free Software?
Why should we care what RedHat thinks? If they pull funding, that's one less
corrupting influence to worry about! Redhat does not believe in free software
(they may have believed in open source at one point, but that time is probably
long gone now that they've been bought by IBM)
OSI/Microsoft connection
OSI is short for *Open Source Initiative*. This organisation started as an
offshoot of the Free Software Foundation in an attempt to make Free Software
more marketable to large corporations. Read about the OSI here:
They say a picture speaks a thousand words:
From left to right, their names (all prominent OSI leaders/influencers), where
left is *your* left and *their* right (for the phono in the photos) are:
Back row: Faidon Liambotis, Chris Lamb, Simon Phipps, Allison Randal, Molly de Blanc, Patrick Masson
Front row: Josh Simmons, VM Brasseur, Carol Smith, Italo Vignoli, Richard Fontana.
All of these people are highly influential at the OSI. Several former presidents.
Does this look strange to you? Look where they are. The photo comes from this
news article: <>
(archive: <>)
Microsoft is a major sponsor of the OSI. OSI themselves have an article on
their website, stating this: <>
(archive: <>)
When your organisation starts to depend on large amounts of funding by
companies like Microsoft (who have rigorously *attacked* Free Software *and*
Open Source for years), you are *going* to lose sight of some of your ideals.
You will lose some of that *spark* you previously had in you. You will start
doing what your donors tell you, because you fear the loss of that funding.
Microsoft, over the years, has dived into their version of what they regard as
*open source*; in reality, it's just *openwashing* (like whitewashing, but with
Open Source perspective instead), and Microsoft's core products such as Windows
are still very much non-free! Microsoft still campaigns hard for *your* lack of
freedom by getting more and more computers locked down with things like
SecureBoot and cryptographically signed firmware.
So if Microsoft has hated Richard Stallman for years, and wanted to destroy him
for years, and Microsoft has financial influence at the Open Source Initiative,
on organization that could *somewhat credibly* speak Free Software lingo, would
that not be the best thing ever for Microsoft? Imagine being Microsoft. You'd
jump at the opportunity, right? Someone tell me I'm not the only one here.
Even if Microsoft wasn't heavily attached to the OSI, would the OSI have any
right using the language of Free Software while claiming to be a part of our
community? Open source is not a part of the Free Software movement! It is an
ideological competitor to Free Software.
Fun fact:
The OSI recently banned Eric S Raymond (co-founder of the OSI) from their
mailing lists, after certain comments he made defending the OSI against
infiltration by the *Ethical Source* movement and against oppressive codes of
conducts that stifle free speech. Despite the name, Ethical Source
licenses are in fact *non-free* because they put restrictions on usage of the
software; if the author of such software disagrees with your political views,
they can ban you from using the software. This is wrong! People like Coraline
Ada Ehmke (leader of Ethical Source movement) were trying to influence the OSI
so as to re-write the *Open Source Definition*. This video provides some nice
introductory information:
In the OSI's case, they probably won't let Eric back in; though even if I
disagree with Open Source (I'm a Free Software activist), Open Source isn't at
a bad thing per se, just ideologically lacking; Ethical Source people like
Coraline Ada Ehmke will cause extreme amounts of damage if they get their way
(they've already infiltrated several well-known Free Software and Open Source
aligned projects by getting them to introduce a Code of Conduct; Libreboot
recently came to the good sense to scrap its Code of Conduct, which was none
other than Coraline's Contributor Covenant)
Everyone should send Eric Raymond a supportive email. He did the right thing.
Tell him you care. I've never heard anything especially horrible about him.
He's very reasonable and a nice person; outspoken and unfiltered while still
being respectful (in my opinion, having read some of his articles), which is
quite refreshing.
Microsoft employees
Yes, Microsoft employees are on the anti-RMS list.
*What business do these people have lecturing us about Free Software ideals or
about FSF affairs?*
Microsoft is a mortal enemy of the Free Software movement. Microsoft isn't
foolish enough to sign their entire company name onto the list, because then
that would be game over for the anti-RMS campaign; so instead, they use their
corrupting influences at various organisations that supposedly represent us.
If I were Microsoft, I'd ask these people to remove their names from the list.
It actually hurts their anti-RMS efforts, for such people to have their
position at Microsoft stated like this, even if it's just a few people.
None of their people on this list seem to be high up at Microsoft. I would be
inclined to believe that they published their names independently, without
direction. No sane Microsoft boss would want Microsoft listed on that page, in
any capacity!
Gnome Foundation (has been deeply connected to Microsoft)
NOTE: Do not confused the Gnome *community* with the Gnome *Foundation*. They
are *very* different things!
There are well-known connections between members of the Gnome Foundation with
Microsoft. Here is an article:
They have been attacking RMS for years:
So, of course, it's not credible for these people to represent themselves on
behalf of the Free Software movement!
The following Gnome Foundation members are on the core signers list of the
anti-RMS petition, and associated with the Gnome Foundation:
* Molly de Blanc (Debian Project, GNOME Foundation) **(also associated with OSI)**
* Neil McGovern (GNOME Foundation Executive Director, Former Debian Project Leader)
* Luis Villa (Former Director of the Open Source Initiative and the GNOME Foundation; contributor to the GPL v3 drafting process)
In other cases, I wouldn't choose to list names, but Neil and Molly are two of
the people with push/pull/review rights on the anti-RMS github site. I feel the
need to mention their names; see also that they are both members of the Debian
Coraline Ada Ehmke (Founder, Organization for Ethical Source)
Coraline is the founder of the *Ethical source* movement. Despite the name, it
is actually distributing *non-free* licenses; non-free because they put
restrictions on the usage of software licensed under it. If you use software
under one of those licenses, and the author disagrees with you politically,
the author can ban you from using that software.
I for one believe in freedom! I want freedom for *everyone*, including those
whom I politically disagree with!
Discriminating based on someones beliefs is always wrong. No ifs, no buts.
I want my *political opponents* to have freedom, because:
* If I were able to take away my enemy's freedom, they could take away mine.
* If my enemy were able to take away my freedom, I could take away theirs.
Coraline is also quite abusive online. There are numerous accounts of her
terrorizing companies/projects, acting like a bully. There's a chance that she
might even target the Libreboot project, if someone tells her of this article.
She is a horrible person.
She's more well known for the Contributor Covenant, a template code of conduct
that some projects use. We in Libreboot recommend that you do not have a code
of conduct, because it alienates new contributors and creates a self-censored
environment where people feel unable to express their views about issues; you
see, freedom of speech is healthy, and it's quite common sense to just deal
with bad behaviours. Contributor Covenant is a trojan horse; that's what they
push on you first, and then they'll recommend you use an Ethical Source license.
Once you take your first dose of Ethical Source, they'll sink their claws into
your project. Do not let these types of people infiltrate your project!
Do not listen to Coraline Ada Ehmke or anyone like her! She is fuelled by
hatred and bigotry *herself*. She is completely intolerant of other people's
views and regularly tries to *destroy* people she disagrees with.
That's all!
Defend RMS!
Can't be bothered to write more. I was going to go through the list more
exhaustively, but I think you see the point.

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% Защитите Ричарда Столлмана!
% Leah Rowe
% 31 March 2021
Я поддерживаю свободу слова.
Два года назад известный **мыслепреступник** Ричард М. Столлман был ложно обвинён в оправдании *изнасилования* в клеветнической кампании в Оруэлловском стиле, дирижируемой крупными медиа по указке производителе проприетарного ПО. 36 лет борьбы за *вашу* цифровую свободу — отменены. это было настолько мерзко, что он ушёл с поста президента Фонда СПО. ФСПО ничего не сделал для его защиты. Но *вы* можете защитить его!
21 марта 2021, совет директоров ФСПО восстановил Ричарда Столлмана в должности. В ответ, СМИ начали кампанию очернения. Была создана петиция, призывающая к устранению Столлмана и всего совета директоров ФСПО. РМС был ошибочно обвинён в сексизме, трансфобии, эйллизме и огромной кучи вещей, нацеленных на его дискредитацию. Не слушайте ничего из этого. В политических [заметках]( и [статьях]( Ричарда Столлмана вырисовывается портрет человека, решительно выступающего *против* фанатизма во всех его формах!
**В ответ мы, Движение за Свободное ПО, запустили свою петицию. Мы хотим, чтоб РМС остался на своём посту, и чтоб ФСПО держали оборону. Мы призываем ФСПО защитить честь и наследение Ричарда Столлмана. Ричард Столлман — человек, чьё право на свободу слова было грубо подавлено. Мы должны продемонстрировать свою поддержку Ричарда Столлмана Фонду СПО, громко и ясно.**
**Если вы поддерживаете Свободное ПО, верите в свободу слова, свободу сообщества и социальную справедливость (настоящую социальную справедливость, где к личности относятся достойно и не "отменяют" просто за её убеждения), поставьте подпись здесь:**
Ссылка на петицию *противников*, призывающих к устранению Столлмана, не будет размещена здесь, ибо очень важно не придавать ей дополнительного веса. Продвижение ссылки в поисковых движках только поможет им атаковать РМС. По той же причине не будет и прямых ссылок на кампанию очернения, только её осуждение!
Инструкции по подписанию петиции размещены по ссылке выше. Если вы представляете какой-либо проект, пусть ваш проект официально выступит в поддержку Ричарда! Ему нужна каждая капля поддержки, которую мы можем дать. Мы, Движение за Свободное ПО, должны предоставить ему всю свою мощь!
**Не дайте себя обмануть. Если в списке противников РМС присутствует Свободный проект, это означет лишь, что его лидеры приняли указанное решение. Это не говорит ничего о людях внутри организации.**
Пожалуйста, отправьте также письмо в ФСПО и расскажите в нём о своей поддержке Ричарда! Контакты ФСПО — здесь: <>
Наши противники желают уничтожить Свободное ПО
Истинная цель наших оппонентов — *не* Ричард Столлман, их истинная цель — уничтожить ФСПО через внедрение (как они уже поступили с такими организациями как OSI и Linux Foundation). Эти люди также организовали петицию, призывающую к принудительной отставке РМС всего совета директоров ФСПО. Это очевидная попытка переворота внутри FSF! Забудьте страх, многие известные Свободные проекты присоединились к охоте на ведьм, потому что боятся быть *отменёнными* заодно с РМС. **Список атакующих Ричарда включает в себя людей из Microsoft, Google, OSI, Linux Foundation, Gnome Foundation и Ethical Source! Эти люди — идеологические противники СПО (даже если некоторые из них порой порой производят свободное ПО по причинам, далёким от продвижения идей Свободы), и многие из них активно стремились уничтожить его годами! Как смеют эти люди пытаться говорить за нас!**.
Письмо против РМС — собака, лающая на караван. Люди из этого списка *не* представляют нас! Если вы общаетесь с реальными разработчиками СПО из списка, пожалуйста, поговорите с ними. Без ненависти и злобы, просто поговорите: расскажите, что они введены в заблуждение кампанией ненависти. Нашему движению нужно единство. По-видимому, множество людей подписали эту петицию просто из *страха*, поначалу-то петиции в поддержку Столлмана не существовало, и они просто не знали, сколько народу его поддерживает. Другими словами, многие подписали петицию против РМС, просто, чтоб не стать изгоем. Это потому, что нас застали врасплох в прошлый раз. Тогда мы промолчали, но сейчас молчать не будем!
**По состоянию на 31 марта 2021, 02:50 по британскому времени, мы побеждаем! Письмо с призывом отставки РМС набрало 2959 подписей. *Наше* письмо в поддержку и защиту РМС — 4533! Это 60% рейтинг одобрения, если сложить эти числа, но наша петиция набиарет популярность быстрее, в то время как петиция противников приостановилась. Люди видят, что это нормально — поддерживать РМС, потому что это так и есть. РМС ни в чём не виноват!**
Ричард Столлман — наш герой
Я глубоко верю в [идеологию Свободного ПО]( Я основатель проекта Libreboot, и его основной разработчик. Когда я, подростком, начала пользоваться СПО, в 2000х, лекции Ричарда Столлмана оказали на меня огромное влияние; Ричард основал [GNU project]( в 1983 и [Free Software Foundation]( в 1985. Я также смотрела фильм *Revolution OS* и читала *Собор и Базар* Эрика Рэймонда. Я очень быстро была очарована, но были и статьи Ричарда на сайте проекта GNU, что сильно меня вдохновили. Тем не менее, несколько лет я считала себя *сторонником open source*, пока меня не занесло на на Free Software camp в 2009. А работала сисадмином и техподдержкой в компаниях, использовавших в основном проприетарный софт, включая Windows, в то время как дома училась программировать под GNU+Linux. Я ненавидела работать с проприетарными системами, в первую очередь из-за того, как сильно они ограничивали мои возможности в сравнении с системами, стоявшими у меня дома, каждая из которых работала на различных дистрибутивал GNU+Linux (ну, ещё я игралась с OpenBSD). В начале обучения компьютерному ремеслу меня заставляли использовать проприетарные Visual Studio и C\#; я ненавидела это, но обходилась использованием Mono дома для выполнения домашних заданий. Вскоре после того, как я присоединилась к FSF как Associate Member в 2013, моя жизнь совершила крутой поворот, и немалую роль в нём сыграл Libreboot. Не стоит и говорить, что я стремилась устранить свою зависимости от проприетарного ПО и хотела дать и остальным это ощущение свободы.