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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday March 28 2021, @05:23AM   Printer-friendly

Red Hat pulls Free Software Foundation funding over Richard Stallman's return:

The chorus of disapproval over Richard M Stallman, founder and former president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), rejoining the organisation has intensified as Linux giant Red Hat confirmed it was pulling funding.

Stallman announced he had returned to the FSF's Board of Directors last weekend – news that has not gone down well with all in the community and Red Hat is the latest to register its dismay.

CTO Chris Wright tweeted overnight: "I am really outraged by FSF's decision to reinstate RMS. At a moment in time where diversity and inclusion awareness is growing, this is a step backwards."

Describing itself as "appalled" at the return of Stallman to the FSF board of directors "considering the circumstances of Richard Stallman's original resignation in 2019," Red Hat said it decided to act.

"We are immediately suspending all Red Hat funding of the FSF and any FSF-hosted events. In addition, many Red Hat contributors have told us they no longer plan to participate in FSF-led or backed events, and we stand behind them," said Red Hat.

[...] Red Hat's step marks an escalation in the war of words over Stallman's return. As both a long-time donor and contributor of code, the IBM-owned company's action might well give the FSF pause for thought in a way that thousands of outraged tweets might not.

FSF president Geoffrey Knauth stated his intention yesterday "to resign as an FSF officer, director, and voting member as soon as there is a clear path for new leadership."

Red Hat statement about Richard Stallman's return to the Free Software Foundation board

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by choose another one on Sunday March 28 2021, @02:18PM (6 children)

    by choose another one (515) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 28 2021, @02:18PM (#1130310)

    Careful Mr fake Moriarty, in some jurisdictions (some of which you claim experience, or fake experience, in) the age of "rape" is also not the same as the age of consent.

    tl;dr : It's complicated, don't fuck people who are gonna complain afterwards or tell someone else who is gonna complain.

    Where I am right now, the age of consent is 16, the age of statutory rape is 13.
    WTF does that mean? - well:

    <13 you are gonna be guilty of statutory rape unless you can convince judge&jury that you reasonably believed BOTH that you had consent AND that they were over 13.
    13-16 if you have consent you would still be guilty of "sexual activity with a child" unless you can show reasonable belief that they were over 16.
    >16 assuming you have consent you are fine, unless they are a pupil and you are the teacher or similar relationship (but the offence is not statutory rape)
    >18 still not always fine even if you have consent, not statutory rape but causes problems, e.g. students and uni lecturers.

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  • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:13PM

    by fakefuck39 (6620) on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:13PM (#1130418)

    "careful, if you change careers and become a teacher who fucks your students, there is a higher age limit and it would be illegal."

    thanks for that pertinent, on point advice. here's some for you: if you become a fish, and you grow fur as a fish, you need to watch out for the salmon cannon. People maintain the salmon cannon, and if you are a fish swimming through it, and the people doing maintenance of it have head lice, you can get infected by their head lice. so if you be come a fish with fur, make sure to keep that in mind.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:56PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:56PM (#1130435)

    I have uncomplicated it further using this one neat trick: don't fuck outside of marriage. Holyshit, it basically makes all this nonsense disappear. I wonder why people never thought of this before...

    I also am old enough to remember when people ridiculed the Pence Rule.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @10:09PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @10:09PM (#1130466)

      Don't fuck unless Big Daddy Government approves of your relationship! Sounds like nanny statism to me.

      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday March 29 2021, @12:51AM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Monday March 29 2021, @12:51AM (#1130527) Journal

        It's big daddy religion, not big daddy government. Not at all the same. That's why there's no such thing as a theocracy anywhere for example.

        I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
    • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Monday March 29 2021, @03:13PM (1 child)

      by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 29 2021, @03:13PM (#1130772) Homepage Journal

      It is indeed vary convenient for your wife and your girlfriend being the same person.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01 2021, @08:25PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01 2021, @08:25PM (#1132262)
        And her butt says “inflate to 32 PSI.