This Thursday (5), the council of Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced its newest president. Geoffrey Knauth must assume the chair left by Richard Stallman. The episode comes after the acclaimed programmer and hacker resigned from the post last September. 

Knauth is a professor of computer science at Lycoming College, as well as a veteran member of the FSF. The announcement of the new presidency comes after almost a year of Stallman's resignation.


geoff-hangar-1.jpgGeoffrey Knauth assumes the presidency of the FSF after serving as treasurer of the foundation. Credits: Free Software Foundation

According to Knauth's profile on the foundation's official website, the Bachelor of Economics has experience as a programmer, systems analyst and senior associate engineer. In addition, the new president actively contributed to the development of GNU Objective-C, an object-oriented programming language. Previously, he held the position of treasurer in the FSF. 

In a note published on the foundation's website, the new president commented on the inauguration. “The FSF council chose me at this point as a server leader to help the community to focus on our shared dedication, to protect and develop software that respects our freedoms. It is also important to protect and increase the diversity of community members. our diversity of experiences and opinions that we have creativity, perspective, intellectual strength and rigor ”, wrote Knauth. 

The Free Software Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded by Richard Stallman in 1985. The foundation is dedicated to removing restrictions on copying, modification of computer programs and study, promoting the culture of free software. 

Troubled resignation

In September last year, Stallman resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation. The controversial decision was prompted by a leaked e-mail, in which he said he believed the victims of Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of minors were "totally willing".

After Motherboard published the statement, Stallman also resigned from his position at the prestigious University of Massachusetts (MIT). Known for creating the GNU operating system in 1983, the hacker is also an activist in the use of Free Software.