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GNU Founder: Richard Stallman steps down from MIT and FSF positions

The computer scientist and founder of the Free Software movement, Richard Stallman, is out of his position resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), This apparently happens in response to public pressure after Stallman was named one of the victims of sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein "completely willing" has described.

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This quote comes from an email thread that the engineer and MIT graduate Selam Jie Gano last week has published. media like Vice They then re-posted and reported on these emails. The emails have been sent to MIT via a mailing list from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Stallman was previously employed at the CSAIL as a Visiting Scientist with an office and is now resigning from this position.

To his resignation himself Stallman writes: "I do this because of the pressure on MIT and myself due to a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations", However, over the past few years Stallman has repeatedly crossed borders, claiming on several occasions that sexual intercourse between children and adults could be consensual and would not harm the children. Only a few days ago Stallman has publicly revised this position, The said e-mails Stallman had used to the current age of consent in the US to discuss.

Stallman for decades in the criticism

Similar comments or also sexist jokes stallmans have been known in the community for decades. Last year, Stallman used his position to significantly mitigate the planned code of conduct for the GNU project. The former board member of the FSF, the developer Matthew Garrett, has also stepped down from his position because Stallman according to Garrett has refused to enforce the rules of conduct of a conference.

What Stallman's resignation for the Free Software movement means is not yet clear. The FSF first looks for a person as president of the organization. Garrett calls in his blog moreover, that this should no longer become a leader. According to its political claim, the movement should be more decentralized and enable all parties involved to work for the continued success of free software.