Dear FSF, It’s not you it’s me

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Dear FSF.

I’ve been using FLOSS (free/libre/open source software) on my computers pretty much exclusively for about 5 or 6 years now and I don’t see me going back to the limited lands of Windows or OSX anytime soon, but I have started to feel some sort of disconnect to one of the leading institutions of FLOSS lately: The Free Software Foundation (FSF).

The FSF has achieved a lot, has funded and supported a lot of the GNU projects and software developers, has defended the GPL (my preferred license for software) in court and in general have had a huge part in bringing free software to where it is today. I am not ungrateful, it’s just … it’s not you, it’s me.

When I look at some of the recent FSF campaigns I feel ashamed for being seen as associated with it: Windows7Sins is just the prime example for the kind of attitude I can no longer stand (DefectiveByDesign isn’t much better). What I can not longer stand is the vocabulary of hate and judgement, the negativity of it all.

Look at the campaign name: Windows7Sins.