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The Stallman wars

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So, 2021 isn't bad enough yet, but don't despair, people are working to fix that:

Welcome to the Stallman wars

Team Cancel: https://rms-open-letter.github.io/ (repo)

Team Support: https://rms-support-letter.github.io/ (repo)

Current stats are:

Team Cancel:  3023 signers from 1413 individual commit authors
Team Support: 6677 signers from 5310 individual commit authors

Git shortlog (Top 10):

rms_cancel.git (Last update: 2021-04-27 23:35:27 (UTC))
  1230  Neil McGovern
   251  Joan Touzet
    97  Elana Hashman
    73  Molly de Blanc
    36  Shauna
    19  Juke
    18  Stefano Zacchiroli
    17  Alexey Mirages
    16  Devin Halladay
    14  Nader Jafari

rms_support.git (Last update: 2021-05-11 08:01:18 (UTC))
  1785  shenlebantongying
  1583  nukeop
  1554  Ivanq
   987  Victor
   844  Job Bautista
   123  nekonee
    79  Victor Gridnevsky
    41  Patrick Spek
    25  Borys Kabakov
    17  KIM Taeyeob

(last updated 2021-05-11 08:05:15 (UTC))

Technical info:
Signers are counted from their "Signed / Individuals" sections. Commits are counted with git shortlog -s.
Team Cancel also has organizational signatures with Mozilla, Suse and X.Org being among the notable signatories. The 16 original signers of the Cancel petition are added in their count. Neil McGovern, Juke and shenlebantongying need .mailmap support as they have committed with different names.

Further reading:

12.04.2021 statements from the accused:

18.04.2021 Debian General Resolution

The Debian General Resolution (GR) vote of the developers has concluded to not issue a public statement at all, see https://www.debian.org/vote/2021/vote_002#outcome for the results.

It is better to keep quiet and seem ignorant than to speak up and remove all doubt.

See Quote Investigator for the many people that rephrased these words over the centuries. They still need to be recalled more often as too many people in the FLOSS community have forgotten about that wisdom...