Remove RMS from the GCC Steering Committee

Richard Biener
Mon Mar 29 10:11:11 GMT 2021

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 9:03 PM Nathan Sidwell <> wrote:
> [double sigh, attaching a pdf causes it to be blocked, and I guess the number of
> URLs is also triggering a spam trap for the follow up.  I have removed many of
> the URLS from this, you'll have to use your google-fu for sources.  I emailed
> several members of the SC, and don't want to bomb them with yet a third copy. ]
> Dear members of the GCC Steering Committee (SC),  I ask you to remove Richard
> Stallman (RMS) from the SC, or, should you chose not to do so, make a clear
> statement as to why he remains.

As far as I know the GCC Steering Committee (SC) acts as the "GNU maintainer" of
GCC with respect to how the GNU project is set up.  That likely makes it a
representative of the "GCC project" even though the SC rarely presents itself as

I've never been asked to endorse or vote members of the SC, instead it seems to
have "self-appointed" itself in the beginning and when moving back under the
GNU umbrella likely the FSF "appointed" the original set of members as the GNU
maintainer.  I know some members voluntarily leaved but I have no idea about the
process of new members entering the SC - apart from suggesting the SC is
self-appointed (but GNU processes likely require the GNU project
leaders consent).

So this whole story points at a dysfunctional set up of the
representation of the GCC
project.  I suppose GNU (sub-)projects are not supposed to represent themselves.

I would not consider voting RMS onto the SC at this point, in fact I'd
not re-elect him.
I would even ask him to resign from this position.

But being inclusive also means being inclusive to people with
different opinions,
so I welcome technical contribution to GCC by RMS.  If RMS acts contrary to
(unwritten) code of conducts inside the GCC community then appropriate sanctions
should apply.

I do think that the request at hand puts specific pressure on the SC
members that
is unwarranted - you ask for them to respond but they are likely powerless as to
the actual request.  In fact were I on the SC I would suggest to all
of my fellow SC
members to resign and re-organize how GCC wants to be represented.  That would
effectively break the communication channel between GCC and the GNU
Project [the FSF]
but at this point it might be the important signal to send.


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