The end of a phase

Yesterday the long battle supporting the EU Commission in the antitrust trial ended.  Such activity was started by Peter Gerwinski and later carried out by others, including me.  Yesterday a phase has closed.

Today I start a new one, but without FSFE.  I have just sent the following message to FSFE board announcing my resignation.  Thank you for your help and support: these have been wonderful years.

Dear FSFE Team and Free Software community,

I hearby resign from my position as Italian Chancellor and Fellowship Coordinator for the FSFE.

I have contributed to the growth of the organization since 2001, including the creation of projects such as the Fellowship and, the fight to the swpat directive, the opposition to OOXML and many other successful activities.

So it is with a heavy heart that I must recognize the organization has taken a direction that I can no longer support, one which I feel will eventually make it irrelevant in the community, if not defunct.

In June 2007 I devised with other team members a constructive proposal to re-organize the foundation as a starting point for reforms. It fell  on deaf ears. It has since become clear that all efforts would be made to ensure that my resignation was necessary.

I will continue to promote Free Software within other organizations and in other ways. 

I wish to thank all the people who generously contributed time and expertise to the Italian chapter and the Fellowship.

Stefano Maffulli

From now on, please contact me using my personal email addresses:
stef   maffulli net or stef  zoomata  com
My personal blog is at





  1. Ciao Marco

    il mio impegno continua e continuerà , solo in forma diversa. Sicuramente continuerò con Advocacy, magari anche fuori dalla Fellowship, se necessario. E magari mi re-iscriverò a tutte le associazioni da cui finora mi sono tenuto lontano per evitare conflitti di interesse 🙂 Ma solo dopo che mi sarò preso un po’ di riposo.

    a presto e grazie

  2. I’d like to second Mr. Ray’s question: What’s the reason for your resignation, and what is the direction you cannot support?

    One of the reasons for asking is that I’m considering becoming a member myself and using the organization as “point of departure” for advocacy, but I’d like to hear your concerns before taking any decision.

    TIA for any response …

  3. “(…) E magari mi re-iscriverò a tutte le associazioni da cui finora mi sono tenuto lontano per evitare conflitti di interesse (…)”

    Come consigliere di una di quelle associazioni alle quali penso che ti riferisca, posso dire che sarebbe motivo di festaggiamento nonchè di rilancio ritrovarti fra noi. Grazie per tutto quello che hai fatto e continuerai a fare per il Software Libero.