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Re: Asking DPL to shorten Discussion Period for rms-open-letter

A few thoughts:

- I don't like the term "cancel" because I think it doesn't mean much anymore and is too loaded. Are we discussing a handful of people leaving volunteer positions? Yes. Are we discussing ruining their lives? No.

- I think some of us have been very close to the FSF and issues within the FSF for a long time and have strong opinions based on our personal and professional experiences working with the Board and the organization. I certainly can't condense 11 years of working with the FSF (as an intern, volunteer, and staff) into a single email. Some people have been associated with the FSF even longer (take John Sullivan, for instance).

- Obviously, I am one of the original signers of the letter. I like to think it speaks for itself. The things it calls for are not sudden responses to something that happened, but the result of years of thinking, conversations, studying non-profits, and being involved in social movements and activist work.

- Georgia Young, former FSF Programs Manager, said something very important: Nobody who wants rms off the FSF board is trying to destroy his life, & many of us like things about him, but in a position of power and influence, he has shown a disinterest in growth & change, & its causing more harm than good.

- To be explicit to anyone reading this, this is exclusively about the Board of the FSF (and to some extent the Voting Membership -- if you're reading this you're probably not a voting member). This is not about the staff. This is not about the mission of the FSF. This is not a condemnation of free software.



On 3/24/21 6:30 PM, Thomas Goirand wrote:
On 3/24/21 10:20 PM, Sam Hartman wrote:
I don't think we're going to get much benefit out of a prolonged
discussion, and I think that there is significant benefit in acting
quickly in this instance.
By writing you wish Debian was "acting quickly", you're expressing your
opinion about the issue. This doesn't match the title of your message.

FWIW, I'm in the opinion Debian shouldn't do anything, and that all of
this is just distractions. We have Bullseye to release...

I suspect most people already have their minds made up.
Looks like you do! :)


Thomas Goirand (zigo)

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