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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: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:19PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:19PM (#1130445)

    This has nothing to do with Minsky or Epstein. Stallman has been a huge asshole for decades, hasn’t done anything useful in ages (hence is salary as the head was $0 - he doesn’t actually do anything of note, it’s all for show), and people were happy that they wouldn’t have t put up with his pompous bs any more - and then the FSF screwed it up by bringing him back.

    His “jerb” was PR, and he was a liability. Still is. As for other potential libellous statements, there’s plenty of evidence that he’s a fat smelly arrogant incel. And he can’t sue for damages because his reputation has sucked since before the toe-jam-eating video.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:59PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:59PM (#1130461)

    This has nothing to do with Minsky or Epstein.

    Yes, it does. This started over that, there were numerous smear articles about it, and the letter in opposition to Stallman mentions it as one of the key claims against him, among other total nonsense like his support of gender neutral terminology. That discredits their little movement to anyone with a brain.

    To pretend that his comments about Minsky have nothing to do with this is laughable and disingenuous. If this is about RMS being ineffective in promoting Free Software, the people trying to get him removed from the FSF are far less effective than even him. In fact, many of them promote "open source" (a corporate-friendly approach that does not necessarily respect or demand user freedoms) over Free Software (which deals in ethics and demands freedoms for users).

    And anyone bringing up nonsense like "fat smelly arrogant incel" shows that this is just about their hatred for Stallman as a person, and little else. Stop feigning concern over his effectiveness.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:39PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:39PM (#1130488)

      Is Stallman fat? Yes

      Is he smelly? Yes

      Is he arrogant? Hell yes

      Is he an incel? Yes

      Has he done anything noteworthy this century? Nope, unless you count destroying the FSF .

      A lazy bum. End of story. Truth hurts, doesn’t it? And NONE of this has anything to do with Minsky or Epstein. These were all pre-existing conditions.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:04AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:04AM (#1130498)

        Have you inhaled his stench lately? Kept close track of his sexual history?

        What skeletons are you hiding in your closet?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:13AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:13AM (#1130504)

        Nope, unless you count destroying the FSF.

        It's not him doing that, but the people smearing him with absolute lies. If someone endlessly defames your character, takes what you say out of context, and outright lies about what you said, the issue is with them, not you. You're blaming the victim.

        All of these "open source" morons and their useful idiots are advancing the cause of Free Software even less than you claim Stallman does. These people are not honest actors, and will gladly scour any and all of your words to look for something to take out of context to use as an excuse to remove you from a position of influence. We should stop viewing them as honest actors. So, even if Stallman is absolutely incompetent, he is still far better than these unethical idiots trying to get him removed again.

        And NONE of this has anything to do with Minsky or Epstein.

        Then you obviously can't read, because the letter in opposition to Stallman directly mentions those things as very key points against him.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @10:58PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @10:58PM (#1131407)

          This whole mess was decades in the making. Not everyone is willing to overlook his decades of abusive arrogant behaviour, his misogyny, his attempts to cancel transfolk, etc. For me it was his totally tasteless statement about Steve Jobs death that made me re-examine his place in the world. He’s an asshole who hasn’t done anything of note this century, and it would be best if he were to just go away rather than be an embarrassment and a distraction.

          Let me do a Jedi hand wave and say “This is not the spokesman you are looking for.”