01.10.21

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Alex Oliva’s Resignation From the FSF Board

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 12:19 pm by Guest Editorial Team

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At the advice of friendly FSF board members, I turned in the following letter to the FSF president, asking him to pass it on to directors and voting members at a suitable time:

My dear colleagues,

I'm very sorry for the trouble I've caused. My participation in the fundraiser was intended to restore the trust and support from people who'd grown suspicious of us, and whom we were failing to communicate with. I figured they might listen to me, and I was very hopeful of our future. Alas, I understand it didn't come across this way, and I admit that posting it was a big mistake, one that I regret deeply.

My inability to predict unintended reactions to my writings led me to realize and accept how badly I need feedback from others before publishing on sensitive topics, and how much I still have to learn about effective communication.

As much as I wish I'd had a chance to contribute to the FSF during my tenure, the way for me to learn what I still need to learn is through practice, not inaction, and I do not wish to impose on the FSF any more of the risks and pitfalls of my learning process.

I therefore offer you, Geoffrey Knauth, FSF President, my resignation from the FSF Board of Directors. Please let me know when it becomes effective, if you choose to accept it. I hope that some day, after learning what I need to learn (and, if I may say, at more fortunate timing), I get another chance to support the FSF from the inside again.

Meanwhile, I look forward to other ways to cooperate from the outside.

Thanks for bearing with my shortcomings, and for your continued work to keep the FSF fighting the good fight,

It was accepted immediately, but the response did not specify when it becomes effective. I'm not sure what that implies.

Anyway, I suppose I'm no longer a member of the board of directors of the FSF.

So blong,


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