02.23.20

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Good People Need to Run for Free Software Foundation (FSF) Board Positions After an FSF Coup Threw in the Towel, Pushing Out the Founder

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 5:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) Lost Almost Half (3 Out of 8) Board Members in Only One Month

“I have been hit, but not knocked out, and my campaign for free software is not over.” –Richard Stallman, October 2019

Free Software Foundation, Corporate media, and Richard Stallman
Context: Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder in world title fight in Las Vegas

Who’s left?

Free Software Foundation board one month later

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, whose shade you do not expect to sit.” –Nelson Henderson

“The FSF is still seeking pawns to support the shell of what it was previously.” –Yesterday's article

“…each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was disastrous when the city had become corrupt. For then it was not the most virtuous but the most powerful who stood for election, and the weak, even if virtuous, were too frightened to run for office.” –Niccolo Machiavelli

“Throughout the ages, effective results in war have rarely been attained unless the approach has had such indirectness as to ensure the opponent’s unreadiness to meet it… In strategy, the longest way round is often the shortest way home.”[2] A direct approach to the object exhausts the attacker and hardens the resistance by compression, where as an indirect approach loosens the defender’s hold by upsetting his balance” –Liddell Hart

“In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to secure victory. In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack – the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers. The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle – you never come to an end. Who can exhaust the possibilities of their combination?” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“To defeat the enemy, one must first disrupt his equilibrium. This cannot be an effect of the main attack; it must take place before the main attack is commenced.”The indirect approach

“Dislocation is the aim of strategy. Direct attacks almost never work, one must first upset the enemy’s equilibrium, fix weakness and attack strength, Eight rules of strategy: 1) adjust your ends to your means, 2) keep your object always in mind, 3) choose the line of the least expectation, 4) exploit the line of least resistance, 5) take the line of operations which offers the most alternatives, 6) ensure both plans and dispositions are flexible, 7) do not throw your weight into an opponent while he is on guard, 8) do not renew an attack along the same lines if an attack has failed” –Wikipedia

“So at independent conferences, or rather those controlled by the enemy vendor, just gather information. At independent conferences, subvert them. Find the people who choose who goes on the agenda and who doesn’t. Send that person all the free software in the world they want. Find out if their kids are in school, find out what school they go to, send them free software; see what kind of car they drive, send them a little keyring with that car’s logo on it, you know. Anything, anything. Love those people. Just suck up to them so hard your face collapses. I mean, those people…those people are so valuable to you, it’s beyond belief, because they control who goes on that session or not.”Microsoft

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