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hpr3388 :: Linux Inlaws S01E35: The Free Software Foundation Europe

An interview with Matthias Kirschner, Free Software Foundation Europe

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Hosted by monochromec on 2021-07-28 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
FSFE, FSF, Stallman, Hackathon, Communism, Towel Day. 4.
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Duration: 01:18:15

Linux Inlaws.

This is Linux Inlaws, a series on free and open source software, black humour, the revolution and freedom in general (this includes ideas and software) and generally having fun.

In this episode our aging heroes host the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Its president, Matthias Kirschner talk about the past, the present and the future of free and open source software not only from an FSFE perspective. Never mind how he got into computers in the first place. Also, different opinions about communism in general and its implementations (and the flaws of the first rounds of implementations) are touched upon. So historians, FLOSS users and enthusiasts, communists and free spirits: This is your episode! Plus: Ever wondered what the Towel Day is all about? Check out the second half of the episode! At our guest's request: Please note that this episode was recorded on June 1st 2021.



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Comment #1 posted on 2021-07-30 12:05:46 by Brian-in-ohio

free speech

So free speech is ok unless the FSFE descides its not ok. Except for RMS's quircky behaviour he was never accused of doing anything illegal, he was merely excersing his right, endowed by our Creator, of free speech. His only fail was not realizing that the thought police had invaded the FSF. Down with Big Brother.

Comment #2 posted on 2021-08-07 22:25:51 by dragestil

Regarding RMS

The number of signatories of the "open letter" is not five or six figures as mentioned in the episode. It is 3004. By contrast, a letter supporting Richard Stallman ( gained 6800 signatures. If the FSFE thinks the matter of right or wrong simply depends on how many people are made uncomfortable, it should withdraw its statement with unsubstantiated claims, as there are more people made uncomfortable by the lynch mob than by Richard Stallman.

See also for a comprehensive account and context of the drama.

Comment #3 posted on 2021-08-10 12:46:38 by Bob


In the interest of fairness and balance the rms-open-letter gained 3004 signatories and stopped accepting more after just Eight Days. The rms-support-letter has only garnered 6800 signatures while still accepting signatories over four and a half months later. You also forgot to mention the 61 organizations that are party to the rms-open-letter.

Comment #4 posted on 2021-08-11 00:03:50 by dragestil

Re: Clarification

In the interest of fairness and balance the rms-support-letter started one day after rms-open-letter. On 2021-04-01 when rms-open-letter stopped accepting more signatures, rms-support-letter had 5051 signatures [1], compared to 3005 sigantures on rms-open-letter [2].

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