Richard "RMS" Stallman announced he's back on the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, 18 months after he resigned in a hailstorm of controversy over comments suggesting Jeffrey Epstein's underage victims were "entirely willing."
Stallman, who founded the group at MIT and who helped write development tools and free-use licenses still used in the Unix world, acknowledged his return might offend some, but said he's back to stay. "That's how it is, and I'm not planning to resign a second time."
Stallman’s "that’s how it is" is not how it has to be, retorts the Organization for Ethical Source.
The Free Software Foundation Europe adds: "We disapprove of this step that came without any message of remorse or willingness to change."
The FSF needs to seriously reflect on this decision as well as their decision-making process to prevent similar issues from happening again. Therefore, in the current situation we see ourselves unable to collaborate both with the FSF and any other organisation in which Richard Stallman has a leading position. Instead, we will continue to work with groups and individuals who foster diversity and equality in the Free Software movement in order to achieve our joint goal of empowering all users to control technology.