New Director For Free Software Foundation

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the appointment of a new executive director.

John Sullivan has been the FSF operations manager since 2007, according to their press release. Sullivan’s appointment follows the departure of Peter Brown, the foundation’s executive director since 2005, who said he was taking a short break and plans to continue in a volunteer role for the FSF, supporting fundraising efforts.

Sullivan’s background is mainly in the humanities, according to the FSF website.

“I’m especially interested in our projects to promote free software adoption in public and educational institutions, in doing what we can to make GNU and the rest of the free software movement a welcoming, positive place for everyone, and in standing up to bullying from companies who think they should be able to take freedom from individuals in order to make a buck.” He gave examples such as Apple and Microsoft “locking free software out of their mobile application stores; Sony prosecuting people for installing free software on hardware in their own homes; and Adobe, MPEG-LA and others trying to erect toll gates at the entrance to the free Web.”

Sullivan will work with FSF founder Richard Stallman, who is president of the organisation.

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  1. says

    Welcome, John, and best regards to you. Free software and apps is what makes the internet so revolutionary. I wish you all the power in the world to stand up to the bullies out there.

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