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emma OP wrote

Stallman resigned from his FSF and MIT positions unwillingly in September 2019 after he defended his deceased MIT colleague who had raped an underage girl on Epstein's island. This happened after ~35 years of various misogynistic antics, such as telling a woman he'd commit suicide if she didn't sleep with him.

He stayed out of the spotlight for a while, and now he's back with zero indication that he has changed, or intends to.

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unneeded_junes wrote

Ohhhh yes the memories are flooding back now. Never heard about the suicide thing though. I wonder if Stallman is a barrier to the free software movement, even though he was the founder of the FSF.

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emma OP wrote

All I will say is that in recent years, many in the open source crowd feel disillusioned with companies taking their code and turning them into commercial products without giving back to their communities. There's a void to be filled here, and the FSF and the free software movement won't be the ones to fill it.

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arv wrote

such as telling a woman he'd commit suicide if she didn't sleep with him.

That's awful. Do you remember where you heard that from? It might be useful to add to the GeekFeminism article that lists other allegations and controversies he was involved in.

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yam wrote

such as telling a woman he'd commit suicide if she didn't sleep with him.

Yea, except not really:

I don’t know if he and I were the last two left, but at a table with only the two of us, Richard Stallman told me of his misery and that he’d kill himself if I didn’t go out with him.

Not to defend the behavior but the exaggerations don't serve anyone.

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ziq wrote

Not to defend the behavior

Oh rly?

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