Bonum Certa Men Certa

Hate Letter Against FSF (Concern Trolls): 1415 Committers, Letter in Support of FSF (With Its Founder Back): 5116

What if the vote was to be certified, too?

RMS letters compared



Summary: Taking into account people who asked for their names to be removed* from the defamatory hate letter (inciting people, based on falsehoods), it's not impossible that the support letter really triples or quadruples it in terms of number of signatures

_____ * Knowing that many people have changed their minds since signing the hate letter (which was frozen to prevent them removing their names!), it has been suggested to us that we use the git log to figure out the number of people asking to retract/revoke their signature (until it was just "locked", for the defamatory writ basically backfired upon fact-checking). That's worth doing because there may be hundreds such people. I spoke to a few. Impulsive signing based on lies spread in corporate media (owned or funded by corporations seeking to silence the FSF) leads to that...

/tmp/rms-open-letter.github.io$ git log --format='%aN' | sort -u  | wc -l
1415


It's possible that some signatures are added by few users from OSI and GNOME Foundation, but this number is interesting nonetheless. Here's the complete list of names (sorted alphabetically, with duplicates like "neilmcgovern" and "Neil McGovern"). That signing through somebody else was a "thing" says a lot about lack of technical skills among many of those people, who jumped aboard Microsoft GitHub even without coding or Git skills. Maybe hate and mob tactics are stronger skills among them.

Compare to:

/tmp/rms-support-letter.github.io$ git log --format='%aN' | sort -u |  wc -l
5116


That says a lot, doesn't it?

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