Richard Stallman returns to the Free Software Foundation after resigning in 2019

Richard Stallman returns to the Free Software Foundation after resigning in 2019


Image: LibrePlanet

Open-source software advocate Richard Stallman is rejoining the board of the Free Software Foundation. Stallman founded the FSF in 1985 and acted as its president until 2019, when he resigned after making widely criticized statements about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Stallman announced the news during a live stream for the FSF project LibrePlanet. “Some of you will be happy at this, and some might be disappointed, but who knows?” he said. “In any case, that’s how it is, and I’m not planning to resign a second time.” He also mentioned that the announcement was meant to be made with a more formal video, but that “it didn’t get finished.”

Stallman resigned from the FSF, as well as a position at MIT, after participating in an…

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