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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: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday March 30 2021, @12:55AM (1 child)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday March 30 2021, @12:55AM (#1131013) Journal

    Modded up, but I don't think our friend here has that level of either self-awareness or understanding of how women actually work...which is another reason I'm beginning to suspect he hasn't actually done any of the things (or people) he says he has!

    You're absolutely right though, at least 2/3 of the makeup and clothes and accessories game is for other women, not men. The amount of unspoken subtext and low-key competition is ridiculous. We totally do judge one another on things like that, and probably one reason I've never been too popular is I never put much stock into it. My checklist is "am I clean, do my clothes coordinate, is my hair okay, and did I brush my teeth? If so, we're all done here." That seems to bother some people...

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @02:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @02:16PM (#1131202)
    Form the conduct of men, it’s obvious that their choices of attire are also mostly directed to other men. For some situations, it’s the whole suit, tie, shoes, briefcase thing, even when it’s obvious the tie is damn uncomfortable and the suit is acting like a sweat suit. Other times, the uniform is a t shirt with something printed on it (band, slogan, cartoon, trademark), baseball cap, jeans, runners (the more ostensively expensive the better).

    Pecking order is pecking order.