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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) by Coligny on Monday March 29 2021, @05:27AM (1 child)

    by Coligny (2200) on Monday March 29 2021, @05:27AM (#1130624)

    Karaoke in France...

    Damn... can’t even expat for 15 years and the place turn into a japanese redlight district dumpster...

    If I wanted to be moderated by mor0nic groupthinking retards I would still be on Digg and Reddshit.
  • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Monday March 29 2021, @05:51AM

    by fakefuck39 (6620) on Monday March 29 2021, @05:51AM (#1130627)

    lol you think karaoke is where you go to get bargirls. newsflash, karaoke is not from Japan - it's a bar with a tv on the wall - full of white trash, not bargirls and hookers. Karaoke in France is absolute shit, just like that. It's a bar with a TV on the wall. For good karaoke, you have to find a ktv. For good karaoke w/o the bargirls, find a ktv w/o lips next to the logo. The best karaoke is in places like Moscow and Dubai. No bar girls, backvocalists, professional sound engineer, and even girls who dance behind you on stage - and no, you can't take them home for cash. But they do take you to their home if they like you. And the easiest way to do that, at any karaoke, is to sing in several languages, then sing one in their native language. Guaranteed a bunch of girls come over and introduce themselves after that, and guaranteed you'll end up screwing one of them. Just don't be ugly.

    And, FYI, as someone who's lived in Tokyo and dated a girl there - most of the karaoke in japan are not ones with bargirls. If you think they are, that says a lot about the places you frequent.