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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: 4, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:32PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:32PM (#1130425)

    Does having autism earn him any oppression points, or no?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01 2021, @07:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 01 2021, @07:48PM (#1132245)

    According to Wikipedia, Stallman says he isn’t an aspie. People have to stop making excuses for his vullshit based on a lie. He isn’t an aspie or autistic - just a sick.

    And he’s about to throw another Wobblies - soon he won’t be able to refer to it as Gnu/Linux when distros don’t contain much, if any, gnu software. Most GPL software isn’t gnu anyway.

    Clang/LLVM has already replaced gcc as the default (or only) compiler. And I’ve never seen anyone use emacs. Vim, pick, nano, but never emacs. Time to remove it as part of the default package install. Gmake? Many devs use their own custom scripts.

    And then there’s Java. And of course Windows, where the default editors of choice for those not using an IDE are Notepad+ and a distant second, JaEdit.

    And no, FSF/Linux ain’t gonna fly either.