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On Monday, the Free Software Foundation announced that John Sullivan will take over as the open source advocacy group’s new executive director.

Peter Brown had been the Foundation’s director since 2005, but he quit.

Sullivan said, “I’m looking forward to working closely with FSF president Richard Stallman and our board to advance the goals of the free software movement.”

He said he plans to focus on promoting free software in public and education institutions.

Sullivan said he wants 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 — 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.”

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