Recently, Richard Stallman decided to step down after considerable pressure, from the
Free Software Foundation and has been under fire for retaining his position as head of GNU.
There are several maintainers, including Andreas Enge, Carlos O'Donell, Mark Wielaard
and Ludovic Courtes who are aggressively organizing maintainers with the goal of removing
Richard from GNU and deposing his control. It is a very ugly power grab and these individuals
need to be broadly censored for there activities.
The incident that triggered this current
controversy involved a private
mailing list conversation where Stallman defended an old friend of his, Marvin Minsky, who
died in January 2016. Richard, while expressing compassion for the victim, defended Minsky
by questioning if Minsky assaulted anyone, let alone sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre. Aside
from Richard's emotional attachment to his friend, he made the sound logical defense of Minsky
to say that while Giuffre was a victim of manipulation by Epstein, that any sexual relations
between Giuffre and Minsky, as inappropriate as it might have been, would not constitute assault
as RMS understand assault.
The exact quote is :
The accusation quoted is a clear example of inflation. The reference
reports the claim that Minsky had sex with one of Epsteins harem.
Lets presume that was true (I see no reason to disbelieve it).
The word assaulting presumes that he applied force or violence, in
some unspecified way, but the article itself says no such thing.
Only that they had sex.
We can imagine many scenarios, but the most plausible scenario is that
she presented herself to him as entirely willing. Assuming she was
being coerced by Epstein, he would have had every reason to tell her
to conceal that from most of his associates.
Ive concluded from various examples of accusation inflation that it
is absolutely wrong to use the term sexual assault in an accusation.
Whatever conduct you want to criticize, you should describe it with a
specific term that avoids moral vagueness about the nature of the
Stallman is making a grammatical and syntactical argument. He makes no points here that
can be reasonably disputed. If Minsky had sex with Giuffre, who would at that time been
under age, coerced or not, she would have presented herself as willing to Minsky and that
no violence was used by Minsky. That is the Espstien crime. He manipulated young women
into a life of prostitution, and the girls were intimidated by him and brainwashed.
RMS did not defend statuary rape, Epstein's behaviors,
nor did he defend the broader issue of the abuse of young women, or the patriarchal social
structure. He simple, as he is often wont to do, complaining about what he perceives as a
misuse of language in order to misinform as to the facts of a matter. This argument is
nearly identical to the argument against the term "Intellectual Property" and "Open Source".
For the reasons he outlined, he has taken a dislike to the term "Sexual Assault" and for good
reason in that it is a hot button term designed to push aside reason and to inflame passions.
In essence, Stallman is objecting to a lynch mob mentality disparaging a personal and deceased
And cheif among the lynch mob is the greedy and power hungry, self-aggrandizing villain in the GNU
universe, Ludovic Courtes. Ludovic will say just about anything, and do just about anything, in order
to take over the GNU project, and this controversy gave him an exploitable hot button argument to
suspend rational thinking and rush to remove Richard Stallman at the head of the GNU project. Ludovic
is a French volunteer who is a maintainer of GUIX. Previously he tried to walk away with the GNU
trademark by changing his GUIX project to the name GNU. That failed. Now he is working on a new
scheme to take over GNU, and that scheme involves generating hatred and lynch mobs to punish people
he disagrees with. His goal is to expand GNU to be proactive in a number of radical social
positions, including affirmative action towards women within GNU and internal support for other
areas. There is no end to where it stops. Eventually, his social justice agenda for GNU,
and his attempt to Democratize the GNU leadership with just destroy the organization and its
position of the standard bearer for Free Software.
These are the same forces that years ago would have folded GNU into the
Open Source movement, and such an organization could never had held out to create the GPL3
and stayed on message about the importance of code and hardware access to our digital systems.
GNU could all but be guaranteed to do inconvenient things in order maintain that we have a free
software base that is unowned by cooperate and government organizations. Gnu alone has been
able to protect open discourse, empowerment of the individual and democracy through its code base.
It takes a militant organization to resist the economic and political forced designed to destroy
individual political liberty, and these threats come from the left and the right (and the center).
GNU was established over 3 decades ago in order to combat the critical and specific
threats that a digital society can impose on individuals and society as a whole. It was
established to focus on a series of ideas and political positions that were debated over
several years, and which eventually distilled into what the GNU project, and Richard Stallman
calls the Four Freedoms (not to be confused with the Fantastic Four). This is the social contract
between GNU, the public at large, and the end user. This is the purpose of GNU and it is plainly
stated with the FSF website and the GNU Website. It is repeated by Richard Stallman at nearly
every reception and speech. In order to learn what is the GNU Social Contract listen to it here:
GNU and the FSF have always faced popular rebellion. All kinds of people, often for selfish
purposes and often believing in the righteousness of there cause, have organized efforts against GNU.
GNU is not a democratically run organization. GNU is a political organization based on volunteers
operating of their own free will and directed by Richard Stallman. The GPL and it's ancillary licenses
are the social contract between its users and the governance. The internal governance and mechanism
for comment, input and deliberation are outlined on the website, and it outlines much of how the GNU
leadership is appointed, and its channels of relationships with developers. GNU maintainers,
contributors, and coders are not responsible for steering the governance or political direction of GNU.
They are not the target of the GNU movement. GNU is not a hackers organization in this sense. It is
not controlled or created for the benefit of maintainers or hackers. It is controlled and created
for the benefit of the public, under the guidance of Richard Stallman who has effectively communicated
The current effort to depose Richard Stallman from his life's work is a lynch mob. Their
hysterical libel had Stallman homeless for a few weeks, and caused him to resign from the Free
Software Foundation. Stallman has been a tireless frontman for digital rights for decades.
He has never been off message, and he has encourage individuals from all walks of life to strive
for their individual digital freedom, without exception, and without consideration of their race,
nationality, gender, religion, family situation or personal political orientations.
Outside of GNU he has proponent to other causes outside of GNU, many of which I strongly disagree
with, dabbling in left wing politics, foreign policy, and nearly anything of interest that might
pass under his nose. His approach to all these issues have been separately included on his personal
website. Occasionally a snippet of his leanings ends up in a comment of code or documentation, but
nothing of anything ever substantial. In one case, he objected to the governments attempt to reduce
information available to pregnant women considering abortions with a comment about the abort function
in a manual. It was a position largely supported by coders and users of GNU software and went largely
unnoticed for decades before the comment was removed. Those of us who would have objected to the
position barely noticed it. But in the hands of Stallman's lynch mod opponents, it has become
cause of celebrate. But the truth is, Stallman has professionally firewalled his individual political
positions from the political intent of GNU. GNU has been fully focused on Digital Rights, enough so
that members of the larger Linux Kernel and GNU Desktop communities have been made to feel uncomfortable
with GPL3 ground breaking provision against DRM and Software as a Service provisions that were designed
to prevent the very kind of human rights abuses that affect national politics in social media
today. It is not the job of GNU or the FSF to win popularity contests, or to promote commercial
opportunities, especially if such activities erode individual freedoms as it affects digital systems,
electronic surveillance, copyright and wiretapping.
Maintainer for GNU projects have organized against GNU and fully intend to remove their projects from
the parent organization's control, and to to walk away with the GNU trademarks and infrastructure.
This has been openly repeated on the GNU mailing list, gnu.misc.discuss which has been copied into the
NYLXS archives so that discussions can be examined without moderation. Some of the moderators for
the list are supporters of the break away, and moderation on the list has been problematic. The
objective has been to create a shadow government for the GNU project and to create a wedge between GNU and
the FSF, in the hopes to get FSF support in replacing the GNU mission with their own. The guilty parties
in this affair include:
Ludovic Courtès - Born 1980 and from Inria at Bordeaux France
Andreas Enge - Research Director
Head of research team Lfant
INRIA BordeauxSud-Ouest & IMB
200, avenue de la Vieille Tour
33405 Talence cedex
Carlos ODonell - Canadian born Red Hat employee. Team lead at Red Hat for the GNU C Library (APIs for string, memory, threading, math, ISO C, POSIX, BSD, Linux, etc); supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the many layered products and stacks above the core runtimes that use these APIs and ABIs.
Mark Wielaard - Another Red Hat engineer from the Netherlands, born in 1973. A proponent of FLOSSa and a developer of Java Software
Andy Wingo - Honestly, Andy is a social warrior nutcase with a passion for idea's like "keep opensource free". He is repressive in his treatment of others and is cruel in punishing those that violate his his views on social justice. When he isn't doing that he works with Guile. He is a young man from the Carolina's by way of Nambia and maybe Spain.. who can keep up..
New Summer FSI Educational Projects Announced. See above
NYLXS April Journal Release
NYLXS March Journal Release
NYLXS Quartly Journal Meeting
The NYLXS Quarterly Journal committee will be meeting on Tuesday, March
10th at 7PM at the Brooklyn Marriot 333 Adams Street.
Committee Chaired By Michael Richardson
As always, Beer and food will be flowing
All trains to Boro Hall Brooklyn
C++ Workshops now underway
NYLXS C++ Workshops, focusing on Templates currently
Where - 1163 East 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY
take the Q train to Avenue J
Tuesday and Sunday Nights, 7PM - 11PM
Perl I Class
I'm announcing the new Perl I class for June. The class will be 6 weeks
and we need to get 5 people to sign up for the program which will be
taught in Brooklyn unless a better venue makes itself available.
Class cost is $600.
It will be twice a week Monday and Thursday Nights beginning the second
week of June
Perl_1: Introduction to Programming with Perl
at: NYLXS Education Center
1163 East 15th Street
Q Express to Avenue J
Limited to 20. Our Introduction to Programming with Perl class is
designed to teach proper, real-world programming techniques using Perl.
Introducing the core concepts of the language, this class will take you
through Perl's underlying structure, and help you see the internal logic
of the language. You will learn to write your own programs, and be
exposed to working with real programming situations in collaborative
* Control Structures
* Regular Expressions
* Pattern Matching
* Use of Subroutines
* Object Oriented Programming
Planning Meeting an C++ Workshop
The Next NYLXS Meeting is at a new Location:
Who: NYLXS Planning Meeting
What: PLanning Events and Some C++ Talk
New York, NY 10006
That is near Trinity Church
Wall Street and Broadway
Where: January 11th, 2010
Time Sunday, 2/21/2010
6:00PM til Midnight
Place: 1163 East 15th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Topic: Hacking: C++ Workshop, Ice Cast, possible PHP
NYLXS Video Show
NYLXS Video Proposal
Every Month NYLXS will make a video journal interviewing and showing successful Free Software projects, with concentrations in commercial applications, educational programs, political events surrounding Free Software and the Arts, within the New York Metropolitan area, and to air the 1 hour video on the NYLXS wesite. Like all NYLXS events, this will be a non-profit enterprise run by NYLXS volunteers.
NYLXS members can earn volunteer hours for the following assignments attached to the video program:
Executive Producer: Find interesting Free Software projects and arrange for interviews, assigning team membership to assignments according to schedule.
Producer: Assists Executive Producer in show discovery and help omnibus problem to assure regular schedule productions.
Director: Overviews interviews, and realtime production recording. Work with editors to create a finished video product.
Writer: Writes the outline of the interview and creates the introduction and epilogue of shows
Editor: Edits the finished video, using free software tools, to create the finished video under the direction of the director.
Hosts: Two on air hosts who will conduct the interviews
Possible targets for shows:
Free Software projects in New York:
Mozilla, Debian, Gnome, Museums (the Planetarium at AMNH), schools that use free software, The Software Freedom Center (Columbia University)
Commercial implementations in NY and NJ:
Google, Banks, About.com, small enterprises (free PR), Steiner Movie Studio's in Downtown Brooklyn.
Political Interests -
FSF, Software Freedom Day, Court Cases on copyright, the legal definition of copyright
Volunteers are needed to fill out all of these slots and to join the team.
NYLXS – We are Do'ers...
We will be doing Introduction to C Programming using the book
C Programming: A Modren Approach
We'll be developing C programming notes on line as we go. This book is fairly intensive
Also we will do Perl Porgramming
using the Perl Programming Notes of NYLXS on
I'll be reediting these notes as we go, but they are fairly complete as they are
Finally, we will be learning C++ with the text
Stanley Lippman and Josee Lajoie - I have the 3rd addition
I took C++ at NYU but frankly have not nearly enough background, so I'll be making notes
and learning along with everyone else.
Anyone who wants to join is welcome to. NYLXS Accounts are available on the server for a
NYLXS membership fee of $45 (and then you need to do volunteer hours to become a voting
member). We will also use the NYLXS irc channel to meet on line weekly as announced
The irc channel is on freenode #nylxs
The mailing list itself is published on the NYLXS site. Hope you join us!
NYLXS Agenda Spring 2008
This month NYLXS is going to implement several programs and workshops
which will be hopefully of interest and use to membership and the general
After the last meeting March 4th, 2008 it was determined the following
programs are to be put in place. This email is a general notification
to the public and a call for participation. Programs are developed with
NYLXS funding and due.
Workshop Programs and proposed start up dates and locations:
GTK and C programming Workshop: BiWeekly evening Meetings
C programming, game programming with Xgalaga Arcade Game: Weekly Weekdays
This old time game has GPLed Source code that demonstrates some
of the less commonly used graphic and sound libraries available
for GNU Programming and teaches basic game theory
Network security and Hacking Workshop: Evening Weekend Weekly Program to
explore methods of hacking into programs and networking with emphasis on
learning how such malware exploits are created and how one can
protect against such exploits. The first sessions will focus
on PHP exploits using Data Injection techniques as outlined in
'Hackin9 Magazine' January 2008
Practice Networking Workshop and LDAP Services: Evening Weekly: Lead
by our resident expert, Robert Marino, LDAP, and SASL will be explained
and configured in this workshop.
ASUS EEE PC Workshop and Users Group: Catch the latest wave which is sweeping
the computing world and putting GNU in the hands of everyday users.
Project Leaders are being solicited and are welcome. Although we have
leadership in place for these workshops, the burden of the NYLXS board
and leadership is considerable and has put a joyful strain on resources.
Anyone interested in helping to lead any of these events are welcome.
General Educational and Charitable Workshops with proposed time lines
of endpoints and goals:
The East Flatbush Children's Education Center: Help bridge the digital
divide Internet Radio Show: Opening the World of Digital Rights Politics,
General Computing and Free Software World
Video Lecture Series: Video Files to be loaded on Archive.org and YouTube
Community is Strength Programming: Job Search Workshop: Resume Workshops,
Interviewing Techniques and Job Hunting Help for the GNU Programmer,
GNU/Business: Help learn to create the business proposals and marketing
techniques to put you and your business on the map.
Web Space and Development Classes: Join NYLXS and become eligible for
Free Web space and Development Tools
Kids and Linux - 'Nuff Said
Gaming with GNU and Crossfire – Play and compete in this great Free
Software Networked Role Playing extravaganza. Learn to script Crossfire
Robots and defeat
GNU/Linux Demo is
Sat Oct 27th 2007
Time: 3 PM to 4:00PM.
Place: Hon Marcus Garvery Holistic Center
5105 Church Avenue Brooklyn.
This is just the Demo an installfest will be held later.
What: February 2008 serious Free Software Experts will converge
on Lake Placid New York for the 3rd Annual Lake Placid Freedom-IT
North American Free Software Conference. This Years topic is Free Software
Multimedia - the Rebel Alliance Strikes Back!
David will be speaking about the mystery that is the
local Phone System and how the infrastructure works.
In the discussion will include where Free Software
and be used to connect to the system and how one
can become a Phone Company in your own home
Finally, David will be discussing the exciting
developments of his tool of choice to do such deeds,
his Bayonne Telephoney software and its future map
and plans to develope a larger development team to
reach new planned services for Bayonne
Join NYLXS for Wine and Cheese, and a great conversation with one
of Free Softwares true pioneering geniuses: David Sugar
When: June 6th, 2007 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Where: First Unitarian Congregational Soceity in Brooklyn
50 Monroe Place,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
meeting in the Undercroft.
The Free Software Chamber of Commerce is starting up again
Need to generate more sales contacts or to find a 9-5 for your Free Software
business and skills? Join the Free Software Chamber of Commerce. Email email@example.com
and find save a seat at the next meeting.
Freeom-IT and Lake Placid
NYLXS is ready to launch its second Freedom-IT conference in Lake Placid
We need Computers for a Brooklyn Based Students Lab. Donate Old Equiptment
Volunteer for the Ubucon Installfest
on Friday Febuary 16th at Google. Registration is needed.
Freedom-IT Lake Placid Conference 2007 - Organization - Target Febuary 24th and 25th
The New Free Software Junior Acheivers Program! - Crossfire Scripting Session Coming Soon
Programming GIMP with LISP Inservice Lecture coming in March
NYLXS Installfest #60
Sunday May 20th, 2006
1163 East 15th Street
BarbQ Cookout will be available
Local Network Available and lots of help. We have a commitmment of 7 helpers so
NYLXS installfests tend to be great fun with friends, food and Free Software!
Freedom-IT Winter Meeting
Freedom-IT Meeting in Lake Placid February 24th and 25th being planned now
NYLXS is taking its yearly confernce and vacation break this month. If interested
in hooking up
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Software and Skiing in the most beautiful of
+places on earth
a few hours from the City!
Free Software Chamber of Commerce
Join with other Free Software people in order to expand your contracts
and increase your options without being in danger of over promising or
losing your business contact to a another vendor.
Bring in the bigger fish by bringing a better guarantee to your clients.
NYFAIRUSE is holding a meeting Monday Night, Febrary 17th, at the Killarny Rose to discuss
Free Software in Government and the problems with Microsoft atre the egov-os conference in Washington. Also discussed
will be the related effort to bring up the heat for Free Software in New York City Government
Corperate Support of the Free Software Linux Based and BSD Based GNU Desktops Is beginning right here RIGHT NOW.
See our New Open Office Class Schedule for this Month!
New York GNU Linux Scene is an organization
dedicated to providing resources to the New York Linux Community. It's about
developing open source leadership. Bound to no
specific local NYC or NY Metro Area organization, it's members support the NY Linux and Free
Software Scene with manpower, technology, money and time. It's goal is to enable
NYC Area Linux users, Free Software users, and the NY population in general through their
lugs, schools, businesses, and government agencies.
NYLXS helps with installfeasts, lectures, tutorials, mailing lists, scheduling
of events, political lobbying, educational support to public schools and
libraries, training, publicity, and more.
Our membership is doers, not watchers. If you are a doer, then join us, and
make a difference for the future.
NYLXS will have its general membership meeting on
Wednesday: June 7th, 2006
1015 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 · 212-207-3777 in Manhattan
Assembly Language Workshop
Server Move (Ruben is moving)
Freedom-IT - Yes it can and will happen - Free Software Exposition on both
East and West Coasts
The GNU Traveling Circus - 2 weeks - 5 boroughs - lots of fun
Publication of GNU/Linux 1 - High School Text Book
NYC Live on Saturday Night - GNU/Linux, Music and Live Bands
K-12 Education with Free Software
GNU and Children
New Web Site Design for NYLXS
Jobs Jobs Jobs!!!
FREE SOFTWARE BUSINESS NETWORK
The Free Software Chamber of Commerce meetings every Tuesday for business development and strategry. If your in the Free Software Business, with GNU/Linux or other software and systems, your welcome to join. Meetings are held at 845 3rd Ave, Manhattan NY on the 13th floor at Rosenzweig and Maffia: Noon to 1PM
Aside from volunteering, lobbying, protesting and
installing GNU Linux in schools and offices all across the NYC Metro Area, we
like to show off a little too. This section will soon allows us to strut
our stuff and/or prove our points.