Which focuses on his sexual creepiness, and not his toe jam eating, horrific political views, conspiracy theories, and the lasting damage he’s done to computer science with his aggressively anti-freedom “public license”, and the promotion of emacs, which is most accurately classified as a mental disorder or an invasive fungus. If you want to edit text, use ed or vi or any nice editor, not a bad LISP interpreter with half an editor bolted on. And seriously, if you want to share your software, put it under actually-free BSD or MIT license and stop being a stallman.
Going back to 2001, there was his hostile takeover of glibc:
- glibc 2.2.4: page down to “And now for some not so nice things.”
And more recently a long-standing offensive joke in glibc being removed and then “restored” by the petty tyrant:
- You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion ‘joke’ diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed, by El Register
He demonized Miguel de Icaza of the Mono project (not my favorite software, but hardly objectionable):
Miguel de Icaza “is basically a traitor to the Free Software community” This was in response to my question about the new Microsoft “Open Source” labs. He went on to say that Miguel’s involvement in the project doesn’t give much confidence as he is a Microsoft apologist. The project looks to be concerned with permitting “Open Source” programs to work on the Windows platform and thus divert valuable developer time away from free platforms such as Gnu/Linux.
Mono framework is not so much of a problem, but C# shouldn’t be used in core apps as legal problems would be hard to work around. Recommends uninstalling any apps using C#.
So now he’s finally reaped some personal consequences, after decades of this shit:
- FSF’s very brief statement on Stallman’s resignation
- Slashdot characterizes this as “unfortunate news that famed free software advocate and computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from MIT.”
It’s not unfortunate, it’s 40 years overdue. The correct epithet is “the infamous Richard Stallman”, just like “the infamous Unabomber Ted Kaczynski”.