In a related development, the Free Software Foundation Europe, a sister organisation of the FSF, said it did not agree with Stallman's joining the board again.
We are better than this. The world deserves better. As leaders, there is a time to speak out and take a stand when abhorrent decisions are made. That time is now. I am disappointed by the decision of the FSF and stand firmly against all forms of misogyny and bigotry.— Melissa Di Donato (@mdidonato1) March 25, 2021
In a tweet, SUSE chief executive Melissa Di Donato said: "We are better than this. The world deserves better. As leaders, there is a time to speak out and take a stand when abhorrent decisions are made. That time is now.
Stallman announced he was rejoining the board at the FSF's annual LibrePlanet conference on 19 March. He had stepped down from the position of CEO in 2019, following controversy over remarks he made about the victims of the late Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier and convicted sex offender.
An FSFE statement said: "We learnt through a public announcement that Richard Stallman is again part of the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, one of our independent sister organisations. We disapprove of this step that came without any message of remorse or willingness to change.
"...as a legally and financially independent organisation, in which Richard Stallman has not had any decision-making powers, we call for his resignation from all FSF bodies."
Another big open source organisation, The Document Foundation, which looks after the office suite LibreOffice, said it had suspended the FSF's role on its advisory board and stop any collaborative activity with the body until a solution was found to the Stallman issue.
TDF said in a statement it had asked the FSF for details of the issue and a statement that confirms the organisation's commitment to TDF's core values.
"We are all perfectly aware of the consequences also for our project, given that the FSF is a member of our advisory board, TDF said.
"We clearly expect a strong evidence that the FSF found a proper solution to the severe impact their actions have had on the global free software community.
"We will suspend FSF‘s membership in our advisory board and cease any other activity with this organisation and their representatives, until the situation is healed."
Meanwhile, the list of individuals who signed the letter has grown to 2286 as of this writing.
Another Debian developer, Sruthi Chandran, who ran for the post of leader in 2020, has suggested that the organisation adopt a position statement similar to that issued by the FSFE, rather than the open letter.
iTWire has contacted the FSF for comment on what it intends to do in the face of this campaign.
Well-known security practitioner Katie Moussouris, the chief executive and founder of Luta Security, was one of the first to call out Stallman on Tuesday.