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Call to stop contributing

From: Johannes Brakensiek
Subject: Call to stop contributing
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:54:43 +0100

Dear GNUsteppers, Mr. Stallman,

it is not as if I do like to write this mail, but I think I have to, since you, Mr. Stallman, again took chair in the FSF board and posted mails to this list suggesting development decisions.

I’d like to clarify in advance that this statement does not contain any personal objections and I highly value any contributions of past and presence to a free and democratic digital world.

But I think it is important for any project contributing to a free world, that engagement for personal freedom can in no way tolerate or even support (even by just being silent) any form of abusive behaviour against children and women or any opinion that is tolerating or even supporting such behaviour.

So as lang as neither you, Mr. Stallman, nor the FSF board distance oneself from such opinion or behaviour (f.e. be distancing to statements declared in earlier times or by signing an appropriate code of conduct) I’m going to stop contributing to any kind of GNU project and call all developers to do the same.

I suggest the GNUstep project to wait for such statements and in case they don’t happen, to fork the project, remove the GNU acronym from its name and to break up any connection with the FSF.

For further information see https://rms-open-letter.github.io/


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