Update: Mr. Stallman expressed his opinion.
Regarding my previous post (email), here’s Mr. Stallman’s response and questions.
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> After we found out about it, I and my friends tried to participate in it
> and take control over it by taking most places in the directing board.
> What we wanted to do was to take control of the foundation to stop its
> acts under the name of “free software” and limiting them from using the
> name of the community.
You say you “tried” to participate in it and take control over.
Did you succeed? What is the actual situation with that organization?
Do you have control?
> Now, the problem for us is that community members are attacking us over
> our decision. They are mad and disappointed. Most of the community think
> that we should have boycott this foundation.
Do they understand that you now have control?
> They repeatedly ask us to dissolve or rename this
Why do they say that is better?
> but if we do so, they (the previous members) will found a new
> association under the same name.
I think they can do it anyway. They could create the “Iran Patriotic
Free Software Foundation.” There are thousands of reasonable names
they could use.
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I replied with this:
Yes. We have 3 of 5 seats now.
Yes. The community knows that we have control now but they somehow think that it’s not enough or we (people who participated) may also act against the community. However, not all of them think like this. Many trust us but still think taking control of this foundation is not enough.
They say it’s better to dissolve this foundation or rename it because Free Software Community doesn’t need any foundation or association.
Alao, they believe the name of it (Free Software and Open Source Association of Iran) may be misleading. They insist that it can make people think that it’s a representative of the whole community.
Yes. I agree. I haven’t thought about it this way though.
I’m currently waiting for his response.