PostgreSQL Europe Board of Directors statement about FSF leadership

2021-04-06 09:00:00 by Andreas Scherbaum

PostgreSQL Europe is strongly committed to Inclusivity, Diversity and Appropriate Conduct, as it is laid out in the PostgreSQL Code of Conduct. We highly value having a community that is free and open and where anyone regardless of race, colour, sexual orientation or identity, disability, or other personal characteristics can enjoy participating freely without fear of discrimination or harrassment. We do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour in our community.

In 2019 Richard Stallman resigned from MIT and from the Board of Directors of the Free Software Foundation. This happened after a long list of well-documented incidents by Richard Stallman, which have no place in an open and diverse community.

Last week however we learned that Richard Stallman re-joined the FSF board of directors. Considering the circumstances of the original resignation in 2019, and the lack of transparency in last week's step, PostgreSQL Europe joins many other Open Source communities in asking the FSF to make fundamental and long-lasting changes to their governance process.