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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, Insightful) by Reziac on Monday March 29 2021, @01:26AM (3 children)

    by Reziac (2489) on Monday March 29 2021, @01:26AM (#1130545) Homepage

    Yep, cancel culture and virtue signaling can go fuck themselves.

    I dislike RMS, and I don't see how he's qualified to be on the board let alone run it (one suspects it's more "this is where the free money comes from") ...

    BUT... it's the FSF's own damn decision. It shouldn't be mine, or yours, or some gang of petition signers, or RedHat's. If you don't like RMS on the board, don't support the FSF, fine and dandy. Let the FSF's decision succeed or fail on its own merit, and if no one gives them money anymore, they get to deal with it.

    But if it's acceptable to enforce "virtue" by way of mobs with pitchforks... eventually that mob will come for all of us.

    And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @05:35PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @05:35PM (#1130849)

    Amusingly conservatives only care about and come up with a catchy phrase once their own are on the receiving end of judgmental popular opinions. You lot were happy to "cancel" anyone you didn't like, lost your collective minds for years when anyone told you to stop being assholes or demonstrated their support for minorities of any stripe. Now you're terrified, spurred on by lies from the Fox network and a subconscious awareness of how shitty conservative culture has been to non-white non-christians.

    Perhaps if you were able to drum up this level of energy for all the stories of police brutality and societal discrimination then you wouldn't sound like an entitled raging cunt.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @11:43PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @11:43PM (#1130976)

      There is nothing wrong with discriminating against non-whites by whites. Discrimination to promote your own people is perfectly natural. In fact, non-whites are proudly doing it in the open, but whites are criticized as evil. Whites need to wake up and reclaim territory for their children's future.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @08:16PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @08:16PM (#1131347)

        Black Supremacists were put down and are not tolerated because they advocate racial violence.

        White Supremacists get the same treatment, boo hoo you ignorant fucking prick. While I don't want anyone to suffer the stupidity of your boogaloos I will gladly watch you hate filled fucks get stomped into oblivion, may your children free themselves from your *cough* culture.