FSF needs to modernise itself
My Thoughts On Richard Stallman's Return To the FSF Board - 🚀 Kev Quirk
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Richard Stallman has re-joined the board of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) here's my thoughts on the whole thing.
Mobocratic Egoist
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I agree, but I’m also not sure the FSF itself needs to be leading the way. We need more organizations dedicated to free software, representing a diversity of schools of thought. FSF is just one perspective coming from a certain context and a different time period. More organizations will bring in fresh perspectives and people who may be more savvy in the modern web.

@ufrafecy
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Mobocratic Egoist
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I am thinking of foundation-type bodies. Basically the FSF shouldn’t have a monopoly of ideas on the direction of the free software movement. The core philosophy is well-defined but personally I think the “single-issue” approach of the FSF is limited and we need to work in a broader political framework.

Buggaboo
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“if the FSF doesn’t do something drastic to modernise itself, it’s going to be nothing more than a group of neck-beards discussing how evil proprietary software is.”

Wow way to completely shit on the legacy of Free Software. It’s not about who the message is coming from but the message itself.

manemjeff
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Is it wrong though? Because that’s about what people in the general public knows about them right now. They definitely need a better pr and I dare say, a better more welcoming persona.

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@ckeen
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And what’s the message when the spokesperson of an organisation is not helping the organisation anymore because he alienates people participating, deterring newcomers and keeping others from participating is reinstated in the org’s board?

Free Software is there and can live on without the FSF. That has been the whole point of this exercise.

And if they welcome back RMS I don’t think things will change for the better. Good riddance to a stale and aged organisation then.

And no, I don’t think a better logo, fancy videos or a social media person will remedy this. That’s just covering up the rust with paint.

manemjeff
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You know what? That’s true. To get more contributors and new people in the project so it would live longer, FSF need to have a better PR management and image renewal. Not change, but something that could be adapted to the new world. Make things easier to search for example, or maybe use a more modern way of communication (maybe use rocket with threads)?

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@DarudeDude
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@adrianmalacoda
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I wouldn’t say OSI is similar at all to FSF in terms of goals. The OSI (in their own words) is concerned with open source as a development method for software. I would say those other organizations are FSF-adjacent but only the FSFE (as its name implies) has the same mission as the FSF

Regardless, I agree in general - I think the FSF could learn a thing or two from EFF and FSFE.

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@BeFree
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Open Source will only change the monopoly rules, Free Software will destroy the game.

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