This thread is not meant to incite anger, rage, or retaliation. I thought this information was worthy of its own thread outside of a Lounge or off-topic area. This is technology news. We can discuss our thoughts on the matter without resorting to name calling or aggressive actions.
That being said: Can’t be serious.
Richard Stallman is known for having bizarre mannerisms. He has done and said things that have provoked reactions and statements from the community. This time, unfortunately, his behaviors spilled over out of the community.
A mechanical engineer started a movement to remove Richard Stallman from office. Since then, prominent members of the open source, Linux, and *BSD communities challenged the Free Software Foundation to remove Stallman from office.
Looks like it worked.
The consensus seems to be that we can respect his work while not tolerating his behavior. Personally, I didn’t see how it was any worse than what he’s said in the past. Many argued this was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” – Whatever that means.
The original movement:
I vehemently disagree with how this whole thing went down. I have disagreed with Stallman in the past, and even opposed his actions, philosophy, and mantra. However, I think he was a valuable catalyst in the free software culture. He’s easy enough to ignore and is there when/if you need him. The problem is the opposition has grown to be very prestigious figures in the Free and Open Source Software bubble.
Michael Warren Lucas
Are just a few of the ones calling for Stallman’s head and his job. Hopefully they have never made a joke, said the wrong thing, or offended someone in the past, because Karma is a ruthless bitch and “”“justice”"" is apparently swift.