A lot of bad things have happened during the past few weeks. Yes we can argue whose fault it is or speculate cui bono, but such flame wars and quarrels will not help us, will not help free software. Such conflicts just undermine previous decades of effort and wonderful work that has been done.

We need a rollback. We have to recover the last known good state – which means the August, before the unfortunate events of September 2019. Richard Stallman should be re-elected (or his resignation should be refused) and FSF should continue its standard way.

If there is somebody who feels that s/he would be a better candidate for leader of the FSF, he/she should honestly present his/her program and plans, clearly laying out a vision for the FSF and stating his/her intention to run for director or president. And in a standard process, according to the rules, s/he might be elected, if s/he would be better than RMS. However, depose – or „encouraging“ the resignation of – a leader, prior to having any clear direction going forward, is clearly wrong and damaging to the organization.

FSF must stay strong, independent and sovereign. And must enhance its immunity to the pressures from the outside of the free software movement.

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