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lookin4 wrote


Richard is male, white, has a degree, worked at M.I.T., travel a lot and seems healthy, so I would claim that he combines many privileges.

I am pretty sure he gets a salary as he is in position of President since inception of the Foundation. But as far as I know there is no statement where he's self-critical and asks himself if it's really needed to shrink donations by individuals or rely on corporate charity/sponsorship (whatever the money's source is) just to be certain oneself is not going to starve and is able to live a good life. Remaining in position for ever and making no public attempts to dismantle the formal and informal hierarchy coming with the figure and person he is today is very questionable.

His ideas, values and words are widely spread and in a niche also respected which I could imagine may be a feeling that is likely and easily to get used to. But it compromises the character ("My name shall be known beyond my death").

Regarding his private life however, not much is known and he has no obligation to talk about it, but as long as I do not know much about his lifestyle (without free software references or metaphors) I remain skeptic if Richard's willingly or unwillingly reproducing some kinds of oppression.


The FSF is a more or less ordinary NGO whose acting is usual, being proved "successful" in capitalism. At least for me a liberal world view is strongly associated with the term Non-governmental organization.

If it's not historically inaccurate I like the Foundations early belonging and promoting of Copyleft GPL, FDL etc. - BSD licenses smells like anarcho-capitalism. So as a platform or umbrella organization for more protection and privacy of the activists I like the Foundation (imagining the nightmare I must expose my personal information on every license-copy that is delivered with "my" software).

Besides this everything they do is a work of human beings, e.g. the campaigns, hosting, work of coding liberated forks of Unix software so no credit for the brand organizational skeleton, but the involved people!


edmund_the_destroyer wrote

BSD licenses smells like anarcho-capitalism

A debate over that license and others like it - Apache, MIT, etc... - drives me crazy, because advocates of them say, "It's more free than the GPL! If I distribute BSD license code, the recipient can do anything they want with it. If I distribute GPL code, the recipient has to redistribute under the same license! BSD = more free!" But of course, that ignores the second, third, fourth, fifth, and nth level recipient. The second through nth level recipients of BSD license code are guaranteed zero rights. The second through nth level recipients of GPL license code are guaranteed the same rights as the original author and first recipient.


throwaway wrote

as he is in position of President

I could have sworn that I read a post somewhere about a month ago announcing Richard stepping down as president of the FSF, but i may be confusing things as I can't find anything on it...